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Impeccably Restored in Original Packard ColorsOriginal Owner, Washington State (acquired new in March 1933)Robert Brinkman, Glendale, California (acquired circa 1960)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 1995)
Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, Rochester, Michigan, July 2008 (Debut Award)
For well-heeled buyers desiring the flair of an open automobile, Packard offered the Model Eight 1001 in Coupe Roadster configuration, such as the example offered here. This was the only open body style offered in the Model 1001 lineup, and, at a price of $2,250, was the model’s most expensive, as well.
The 320 CID, nine main bearing, straight-eight engine now produced 120 hp, up from 111 hp the prior year. This engine powered Packard models weighing nearly 5,000 lbs., but when fitted to the Model 1001 chassis and the relatively lightweight Coupe Roadster body, the result was the best power-to-weight ratio of the lineup – the perfect complement to the sporting, open design.
The underhood cowl tag on this 1001 states that it was delivered March 14, 1933, by Packard Washington. While details about its early years are not known, Robert Brinkman of Glendale, California, acquired it in the 1950s or ’60s and had the car restored during the 1970s.
Mr. Brinkman sold the Packard in 1995 to the current Southern California owner, a longtime friend, who commissioned a full, frame-off restoration in 1998. MD Coachworks of Los Angeles embarked on the restoration to exacting standards. The stunning two-tone paint treatment of tan over maroon visually extends the length of the car, as does the painted radiator shell. A tan canvas top, maroon leather interior, and chromed wire wheels complement the paintwork, resulting in an elegant yet sporting presentation.
The Packard made its concours debut in July 2008 at the prestigious Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance. Fittingly, it received the Debut Award for the best restored car. Aside from that singular showing, this car will be new to the show circuit for its next owner. The Coupe Roadster has been meticulously maintained, cosmetically and mechanically, and has been used sparingly since restoration.
Just nine of these Model 1001 Coupe Roadsters are listed in the Packard Club’s current directory, a reflection of the limited production run for 1933. This example is fully accessorized with metal side-mount spare tire covers complete with mirrors; a metal Packard trunk with pristine, original luggage; driving lights; and a set of restored period golf clubs.
Fanatically detailed and serviced, this sporting Packard offers its next owner the enviable choice of enjoying it to show or tour.