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Packard dominated America’s fine-car market for much of its history, and its Sixth Series models of 1929 are no exception. Riding upon commanding wheelbase lengths, the 640 Custom Eight and 645 DeLuxe Eight shared a 385 cid inline eight-cylinder engine producing 105 bhp, – Packard’s most powerful with the exception of the 626 Speedster. A dizzying array of body styles were available, with the Model 640 2/4-Passenger Convertible Coupe skillfully combining elegance with sportiness unlike any other car on the road.
This dashing example was purchased new by Mel Hershey of Hershey, Pennsylvania, who in turn sold it during 1960 to Maxime Choiniere, a well-known restorer and Granby, Quebec, museum founder. After Mr. Choiniere’s passing in the early 1980s, his entire collection was sold between 1986 and 1993, when this car was purchased by noted Packard enthusiast Claude Daoust. Mr. Daoust then initiated a long-term restoration and eventually entrusted the project to Richard Grenon in 2007, who painstakingly completed the car in 2012 to concours standards. On the show field, the Packard was awarded First Junior status at the 2012 AACA Eastern Fall Meet in Hershey. Very well-equipped with Packard-emblem Trippe lights, dual side-mounted spares with mirrors, a rare disappearing tonneau windscreen for the rumble seat, a luggage rack, covered trunk, and tools, this Classic Era masterpiece is simply resplendent in black with red accents and leather upholstery. As offered, it is equally ready to show, tour, and enjoy.