Packard Eight 2/4-Passenger Convertible Coupe
Packard dominated the Classic Era, and its advertising reflected this success. Elegant ads featured the gates of mansions through which “Packards have passed” for 20 years or more. Packard’s famous advice to “Ask the man who owns one” remains another classic example of good advertising that set the standard for prestige.
For the Sixth Series of 1929, Packard’s Model 626 and 633 were the marque’s most important models. Riding on a 126.5- and 133.5-inch wheelbase respectively, the Standard Eight models were powered by a 319 cubic inch inline eight-cylinder engine producing 90 bhp. The Model 626, in particular, was available in 5-Passenger Sedan, 2/4-Passenger Coupe and Convertible Coupe body styles. Weighing 4,020 pounds and priced from $2,425, there was nothing “standard” about the Model 626 Convertible Coupe though, with its roll-up side windows, crank-out windshield and snug soft-top, complete with landau irons. With their shorter wheelbase, close-coupled open bodies, rumble seats and golf-bag compartments, these are very sporting Packards.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
90 bhp, 319 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 126.5"
Source: RM Auctions