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Larry Justice, Seattle, Washington (acquired in the early 1980s)John Kane, Seattle, Washington (acquired in 2007)Neil DeAtley, Asotin, Washington (acquired in 2008)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
CCCA Annual Meeting, Bellevue, Washington, January 1985 (First Place)CCCA Pacific Northwest CARavan, Washington,1986 Pebble Beach Motoring Classic®, August 2010
“The Yardstick with Which to Measure All Fine Car Values” was the tagline employed by Packard to introduce its 1934 Super Eight model lineup. This bold statement was not mere hyperbole, as Packard was clearly the leader in fine car sales. Of the 13 body styles offered in this series, none provided that rare blend of grace and sportiness like the Coupe Roadster model.
By 1934, Packard engineers had coaxed 145 hp from the silent nine-mainbearing, 385 cid straight-eight engine, 40% more power than when it was first introduced in 1927. The generous 142" wheelbase chassis delivered unparalleled driving ease. Complementing this mechanical finery was coachwork often regarded as the peak of Packard production styling.
The cowl tag on this example shows a delivery date of April 16, 1934, through famed Los Angeles Packard dealer Earle C. Anthony. The Coupe Roadster’s unusual rear-mounted spare matches the depiction of the model in the factory sales brochure that year, and in profile, allows for a pleasing, uninterrupted flow of the fender line that visually extends the appearance of the car.
During ownership by Packard enthusiast Larry Justice, who owned three other 1930s Packards, the quality of this Super Eight’s restoration was validated at the 1985 CCCA Annual Meeting in Bellevue, Washington, where it received a perfect 100-point score, carrying CCCA senior badge no. 1151. The next year, its mechanical prowess was demonstrated on the CCCA Pacific Northwest CARavan. More recently, this Super Eight was part of the collection of enthusiast Neil DeAtley, and during his ownership it participated in the 1,600-mile Pebble Beach Motoring Classic® in 2010. Finished in a striking two-tone combination of cream over dark burgundy, the paintwork is accented by whitewall tires and chrome wire wheels. Inside, burgundy leather matches the lower exterior body color. Accessories include front window wings, driving lights, and a metal cover for the rear spare.
With its roll-up side windows, this Super Eight provides enclosed driving during cooler conditions but can easily be configured into an open conveyance by lowering the convertible top which folds flush with the car’s beltline. Packard produced 1,920 examples of the 1934 Super Eight across all body styles, but there are currently just 18 examples of the Coupe Roadster body style listed in the rosters of the CCCA and The Packard Club. On the road, few cars of its era can provide the power and the presence of a Packard such as this.
The peak of Packard styling, perfected Packard mechanicals, and the touring versatility of open or closed motoring provide an intimate driving experience for two with the option of inviting two additional rumble seat passengers. Still presenting well today, this Packard promises further touring and aesthetic pleasure for its next owner.