Packard Super Eight Dual Cowl Phaeton
Many consider the Super Eights produced between 1935 and 1939 to be the finest automobiles ever produced by the Packard Motor Car Company. Certainly it is true that the Senior cars represented the end of an era; never again would Packard offer the exceptional quality of a hand built senior car.
For 1935 Packard introduced several changes, including more horsepower and major improvements in suspension and steering which made the vehicle much easier and more comfortable to drive. All new bodies, introduced for the ‘35 model year, offered true envelope styling. For the first time, the car was designed as a whole, with body, hood, fenders and running boards integrated into a smoothly executed design regarded as one of the most attractive bodies of the era.
The fourteenth series for 1936 was largely carried over from the previous year, but the slight differences remain important to collectors today – the most significant of these being a new radiator, which was raked back five degrees to give the car a much sleeker look. 1936 also marked the last year for 17-inch wire wheels and the traditional double blade bumpers with hydraulic dampers. Perhaps even more important is that the fourteenth series marked the end of the line for the big displacement Super Eight engine, a powerplant that is widely regarded as Packard’s finest.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
150 bhp, 385 cu. in. side-valve inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, semi-elliptic leaf spring and beam axle front suspension, semi-elliptic and live axle rear suspension, with four-wheel vacuum assisted mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 139"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Doug Mitchel