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Original Owner (acquired via California dealer Earl C. Anthony circa 1930)Scott Newhall, Piru, California (acquired in 1958)Willett Tryon, Sonoma, California (acquired from the above in 1965)Chris Bock, Nevada City, California (acquired from the above in 1987)Tom Crook, Renton, Washington (acquired from the above in 1988)Current Family (acquired from the above in 1989)
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, 1961 (Best of Show), 1972, 1973, 2000 (Ultimate Parade of Elegance)
Throughout the 1920s, the Packard brand was synonymous with wealth and prestige, and by 1930, it was the top-selling luxury car brand in the US. The 740 Roadster, as offered here, was the amalgamation of comfort and sport, with two doors, side curtains, a simple top, folddown windshield, and a luxurious interior – a classic design built for comfortable touring, rather than speed. Upgrades from the previous model included the four-speed gearbox, automatic chassis lubrication, and shatterproof glass.
Delivered to Packard dealer Earl C. Anthony of California in 1930, the early owners of this 740 Roadster are not known, but in 1958, it was purchased by Scott Newhall, executive editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Mr. Newhall acquired the car for $100 and restored it to concours condition, culminating in Best of Show at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in 1961. In 1965, the car was sold to Willett Tryon, brother of Pebble Beach Concours co-chairman Lorin Tryon, and was shown at the concours in 1972 and 1973. During Mr. Tryon’s ownership, this Packard participated in many extended tours with the Classic Car Club of America, and in 1978, it was featured in an extensive article in The Coast Car Collector.
As testament to the Packard’s standing, Chris Bock, chief judge of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® purchased the car in 1987. Two years later it was acquired by the father of the current owner and over his many years of stewardship, he rebuilt the engine and installed a high-speed ring and pinion, driving his way through thousands of miles and two sets of Lester tires.
Overall, this 740 Roadster has been shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® four times, including in 2000, when it participated in the Ultimate Parade of Elegance – a showcase featuring 20 Best of Show winners, invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the event. It retains its 1961 award-winning restoration along with the charming patina of almost 60 years of meticulous care. This important and well-loved Packard was owned by a famous newspaper magnate as well as the chief judge of the Pebble Beach Concours and remains a worthy touring car. With its concours history, documentation, media exposure, and prestigious ownership, this Packard is an automotive luminary, with the potential for many future accolades.