Hershey | Lot 276
1933 Packard Eight Coupe Roadster
$143,000 USD | Sold
| Hershey, Pennsylvania
8 October 2021
- Believed to be one of 205 examples built, of which just eight are known to remain
- Offered out of 44 years of single ownership
- Comprehensive 10-year restoration completed in 2013
- Recipient of AACA Junior and Senior awards; a CCCA Full Classic
- Documented with a 2018 appraisal by a Packard expert
In January 1933 Packard introduced the new Tenth Series models. At the entry level, the former Standard Eight was replaced by the Eight, which was available on two different wheelbase lengths. The shorter 127.5-inch wheelbase model was dubbed the 1001, and it could be purchased in four different styles of coachwork, including the sporty Coupe Roadster. The entire eight-cylinder lineup featured numerous engineering improvements, including a new dual downdraft Stromberg carburetor and a special manifold that raised output to a stout 120 horsepower.
Believed to be the 191st example of 205 cars built, this beautifully restored Packard was originally sold by Stuyvesant Motors in Kingston, New York. By the mid-1970s the Model 1001 was owned by Steve Ross of Rochester, New York, and he sold the car in 1977 to the consignor, commencing a 44-year period of single-ownership.
In 2003 the owner began a full restoration that was expertly conducted by numerous craftsmen in Ohio, taking ten years to complete. Following disassembly, the frame and hardware were refinished by PRP Paint and Body, while coachwork corrections were performed by Tim’s Body Shop. In July 2011 the semi-complete restoration was entrusted to Dwight Tschantz, and he completed the balance of the refurbishment, including the refinish of the exterior. Jan Roll retrimmed the interior and crafted the fabric for the soft top, which was mounted on a top assembly made by Penn Dutch, who also fitted all the wood trim components in the interior.
Completed in mid-2013, the refurbished Packard was presented at a handful of AACA concours d’elegance, winning a Junior Award at Auburn in May 2017, and a Senior Award at Hershey five months later.
In September 2018, chassis number 609-191 was inspected by marque expert George Holinga, a 50-year veteran of the Packard niche. According to his report, the car would score 397 out of 400 points if judged to concours standards. He notes that it is correctly painted and upholstered, and that the mechanical and electrical elements are not only to proper specifications, but also remain in good working order. Mr. Holinga furthermore adds that only eight examples of the Model 1001 coupe roadster are known to remain extant.
Fitted with optional dual sidemount spares, this rare and exquisitely restored Packard would make an exceptional addition to any collection of prewar American convertibles, ideal for further presentation at regional events and club gatherings or private enjoyment.