Lot 431

Hershey 2023

1929 Packard Standard Eight Runabout

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$61,600 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Engine No.
254197A
Chassis No.
264080
Body No.
352 626
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US Title
  • Iconic Jazz Age runabout wearing a charming older restoration
  • Offered for the first time in over 40 years
  • Equipped with Packard’s new-for-1929 320 cu.-in. inline eight-cylinder engine
  • Perfect configuration for vintage touring and among the most capable prewar cars, eminently enjoyable even today
  • Recognized by the CCCA as a Full Classic

Packard’s 1929 models were known as the Sixth Series and saw straight-eights become standard across all model lines. The Sixth Series Standard Eights, such as the 626 Runabout offered here, rode on a 126.5-inch wheelbase and were powered by an all-new 320 cu.-in. inline eight-cylinder engine rated at 90 horsepower and paired with a three-speed manual transmission. Power was effortless with superb torque and uncannily smooth acceleration all the way up to a top speed nearing 80 mph.

Underneath, the live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf-spring suspension provided superior comfort and road-holding ability, making the Standard Eight among the most capable prewar cars, eminently enjoyable even today. Also appealing, their characteristic Bijur lubrication system makes routine maintenance less of a chore. Disc wheels were standard equipment, while the dignified dual, side-mounted spares seen on this charming example were an added option.

Being offered for the first time since 1982, this handsome Standard Eight is fitted with the seldom seen but highly attractive Runabout body style (352). A perfect configuration for vintage touring, the car wears a charming older restoration in beige over brown upholstery and rides on matching beige disc wheels shod with wide whitewall tires. The car is well-appointed with many desirable period Packard accessories, including bumper-mounted flag holders, wind wings, cowl-mounted chrome spotlights, a bumper-mounted driving light, and a stone guard, to name a few. Packard’s signature Goddess of Speed mascot tops the enormous radiator to complete the period appearance. During the consignor’s dedicated care, the car is said to have been garage-kept and used sparingly, primarily for local shows and parades.

Recognized by the Classic Car Club of America as a Full Classic, this pampered Standard Eight Runabout is sure to turn heads and attract ardent appreciation wherever it goes.