One of Seven 1101 Convertible Sedans Listed in the Rosters of Packard
Automobile Classics and the CCCA
CCCA First-Place Winner and Full Classic, Eligible for Events and CARavans
Accessorized with Cormorant Hood Ornament, Trunk, Driving Lights, and Side-Mounted Mirrors
Eye-Catching Color Combination Accented with Chrome Radiator Shell
Long History of Enthusiast Ownership
320 CID L-Head Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Stromberg Downdraft Carburetor
120 BHP at 3,200 RPM
3-Speed Synchromesh Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Vacuum-Assisted Mechanical Drum Brakes
Solid Axle Front Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
By 1934, Packard was the leader in luxury cars, capturing 43% of that market in the US. Packard’s Eight model, which had 13 variations, was responsible for much of that success. The convertible sedan offered here was priced near the top of the Eight hierarchy at $3,355. Carrying body designation 723, it employs the 136 1/4″ wheelbase, more than six inches longer than that of the entry-level Eight model. With the top folded down, the driver and four passengers enjoyed unobstructed views and fresh-air motoring.
Just seven model Eight convertible sedans are thought to be listed between the CCCA and the Packard Club. This example enjoyed a long history of enthusiast ownership, evidenced by its CCCA first-place win in 1974, when it was awarded senior badge no. 665. Twenty-five years later, the car was treated to a complete restoration by well-known Packard restorer Fuller Brothers of Clinton, Iowa. The tri-tone paint combination of Dove Gray, Tangerine, and black is believed to have been inspired by a 1930s-era advertisement.
Acquired circa 2000 by a private collector, who retained it for approximately 15 years, the car was exercised regularly, making for a well-sorted example today. The quality of the restoration holds up well and still shows nicely. It comes equipped with a trunk rack and trunk, driving lights, and dual side-mounted spares with rearview mirrors. Miles of elegant touring await the next owner, and it will be equally appreciated on the show field.