2023 |Estate of Mark Smith Auction
1939 Packard Super Eight 1703 Convertible SedanRegister to Bid
$20,000 - $30,000| Without Reserve
Packard Vehicle No. 1277-2041
One of Packard’s Most Capable and Versatile 17th Series Models
Dramatic Triple-Black Color Combination
Enjoys CCCA Full Classic Status
320 CID L-Head Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Single Stromberg Downdraft Carburetor
130 BHP at 3,200 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Packard’s 17th Series continued to offer customers a wide range of choices of body styles and engine types, resulting in the availability of the perfect Packard for nearly every buyer. The nine main bearing 130 hp Super Eight was the top-of-the-line offering on the 127" wheelbase, and the $2,156 Convertible Sedan, such as the car offered here, was among Packard’s most expensive factory-bodied eight-cylinder models in 1939.
Mark Smith purchased this Packard circa 2012, and it is noted in a letter on file that the car had been in storage since 1970 – a statement supported by a Pennsylvania registration sticker from that year which remains affixed to the windshield. Further correspondence documents over $10,000 of work that Mr. Smith had performed by Davidsen’s Auto Interior to sympathetically restore parts of the Super Eight’s leather interior and install a new canvas top. Petter Davidsen and his crew took care to ensure that the results complemented the intact, unrestored components of the interior, and hundreds of hours are recorded within the invoices and letters on hand.
Described by Mr. Smith in the car’s file as a “dead straight and nice original car,” this Super Eight 1703 Convertible Sedan deserves to be returned to the road by its next owner, where its Classic Era Packard quality can be fully appreciated.
*Please note that this Lot, like all vehicles in this Auction, has been in long-term static storage and may not be currently operational. It will require mechanical attention prior to any road use.
Gooding & Company presents and conducts the Estate of Mark Smith Auction under the authority of John J. Rendemonti, Executor of the Estate of Mark J. Smith, duly appointed by the Circuit Court of the State of New Hampshire, Probate Division, Case Number 312-2022-ET-00072. The Estate has compiled available title and/or registration paperwork for the Vehicles offered in the Auction and will provide such paperwork to the Buyer if it is available. However, as set forth more fully in the Conditions of Sale, neither the Estate nor Gooding makes any representation or warranty with respect to any existing certificate of title or registration with regard to any Lot in the Auction. Any Lot may be sold on a Bill of Sale. By participating in this Auction, all bidders and buyers recognize that Estate and Gooding have expressly disclaimed all such warranties concerning the availability or sufficiency of any title or registration documentation.