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1932 Packard Eight Coupe Roadster

Sold For $70,000

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - THE GUYTON COLLECTION 4 - 5 MAY 2019

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  • One of the most beautiful Packard model years
  • Very sporting design with desirable rear-mounted spare
  • Charming older restoration
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic

Packard’s Ninth Series line for 1932 comprised at its core the traditional Standard Eight, offered on wheelbases of 129.5 and 136.5 in., and priced between $2,485 and $3,450. At a total production of 7,659 cars, it furnished the majority of Packard’s sales in this season, the worst year of the Great Depression. That number comprised examples of 13 different factory body styles, including a new convertible coupe design with roll-up side windows, body style no. 509, inspired by the previous year’s “catalogue custom” by LeBaron and dubbed the Coupe Roadster. This was the first Packard convertible to have that now-famous name.

The 902 Standard Eight Coupe Roadster offered here is an authentic example that was sold new by Connecticut’s Bridgeport Motors on 3 October 1931, according to the reproduction data tag on its firewall. It was formerly owned by John Schaumburg of Cle Elum, Washington, and was acquired by Fred Guyton from the late, noted dealer Leo Gephart in 1994.

Inspection indicates that the car is an authentic coupe roadster with its original body, complete with a single rear-mounted spare that gives it an especially dashing and sporty look. The restoration likely dates to the 1980s, and there is minor paint wear throughout. The tan leather interior shows scarcely any use and is still tight and fresh, while the fabric top is dry and older, and does not appear to have been raised in recent years. The engine compartment is clean and well detailed, with little signs of anything but age and minor leaking. Accessories include a chromed radiator stone guard, cormorant mascot, wind wings, dual chromed horns, and fender parking lights. At the time of cataloguing, the car had recorded 82,031 miles.

This would be an excellent Packard to recommission and enjoy driving this summer season, with colors that still look terrific and styling that is widely considered one of the famed automaker’s most subtle and attractive.

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