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This elegant Packard Eight 236 Phaeton was sold new in Massachusetts and was discovered there decades later by respected New Hampshire-based collector Robert Valpey. At the time he purchased the Packard, it remained in fine, unrestored condition, with its original upholstery and body tag (no. 281-576) intact. In 1983, the Phaeton was sold to Avery Hall, a long-standing member of the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts (VAE) club. Over the next decade, he undertook a painstaking restoration, overseeing the project and enlisting the talents of local experts David Patridge, Scott Sargent, and Mike Lemire. Completed in the mid-1990s, the Phaeton was finished in a tasteful, period-correct color scheme of Plymouth and Pilgrim Gray, with Flamingo Carmine striping, black fenders, and a tan top. The quality and accuracy of the restoration has since earned this Packard awards in CCCA competition and an AACA First Prize at Hershey, Pennsylvania. In 1995, it was selected as Best of Show at the Stowe Antique and Classic Car Meet, an annual VAE gathering that attracts hundreds of classic cars to the show field.
Meticulous care has ensured that the Packard remains in outstanding condition, and the car is complete with proper weather equipment and original literature, including an owner’s manual, accessories catalogue, and a dealers’ price list. A file rich with correspondence, photographs, articles, and restoration records accompanies the sale and attests to the remarkable attention that Mr. Hall lavished on his beloved Packard over the past three and a half decades.