Auctions and Brokerage
Gordon Soderman, Sacramento, California (acquired circa 1951)Glen Goolick, Santa Rosa, California (acquired from the above circa 1965)Don Weber, Corpus Christi, Texas (acquired from the above circa 1972)Scott Newhall, Woodside, California (acquired from the above in the early 1990s)Marshall Matthews, Woodside, California (acquired from the above in 1997)Otis Chandler, Los Angeles, California (acquired from the above in 2004)Jon Feiber, Atherton, California (acquired from the estate of the above in 2006)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Glidden Tour, 1976Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, 1999
Packard’s introduction of its six-cylinder model in April 1911 solidified its reputation as the leader of the luxury car market, providing its exclusive clientele with an unmatched combination of build quality, ease of operation, performance, and comfort. Known as the Model 48, it was also referred to as the Dominant Six, that authoritative title differentiating it from Packard’s junior six-cylinder model. Offered here is a rare example of the third series of the larger six, a 3-48 Seven-Passenger Touring, one of only two known to still exist.
The massive Packard was equally at home at low-speed parade settings, such as the inauguration of president Woodrow Wilson, or on a track, where its speed could be assessed. By 1914, the 525 cid engine produced 82 hp, enough to propel one Dominant Six to a 70.447 mph run during a 29-lap trial at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Beyond such power, Packard equipped the third iteration of this model with operating conveniences such as left-hand drive, and electric starting and lighting. This combination of features was not for the masses, and Packard priced its Seven-Passenger Touring model at a lofty $4,850.
Of the 3-48 models, this example was the 12th built, and its known history began in 1951 when noted collector Bud Catlett discovered it during a Glidden Tour near Alton, Illinois. He mentioned this rare find to Gordon Soderman of Sacramento, who purchased it at once. Glen Goolick of Santa Rosa, California, was its next owner before it passed to Don Weber of Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Weber enjoyed it on numerous brass car tours, and used it to scale Pikes Peak during a 1976 Glidden Tour. Automotive historian Richard M. Langworth documented that event as a passenger, remarking, “The Packard’s ascent was a cinch.” This car was also one of a select number of Packards chosen for color illustration in Beverly Rae Kimes’ definitive tome, Packard: A History of the Motor Car and the Company. In the early 1990s, Scott Newhall of Woodside, California, acquired the car and had the engine rebuilt. In 1997, Marshall Matthews purchased the car, and after an extensive restoration, displayed it at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, which celebrated Packard’s centennial in 1999. Otis Chandler then acquired the Packard and it became a fixture of his Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife. Jon Feiber acquired the Packard from the Otis Chandler estate and enjoyed it on several local tours, always impressed by its tremendous torque and power. The 3-48’s current owner is an established collector of early Brass Era cars .
Finished in a period dark red with black fenders and matching black canvas top, its interior features seats upholstered in black tufted leather. Top up or down, it strikes an impressive stance, riding on a generous 139" wheelbase. Just two other Dominant Six models are currently listed with the Horseless Carriage Club of America, making it a rare sight indeed. Enjoyed, maintained, and cherished by several distinguished collectors, its next owner is afforded that same opportunity to explore its many qualities.