Packard Super Eight 2/4-Passenger Coupe
The Depression had a tremendous impact on fine auto manufacturers in North America, reducing sales to a fraction of what they were in the early 1920s and putting a majority of companies out of business. In fact, from 1929 to 1933, Packard production dropped nearly half each year when compared with the previous. In spite of slipping sales, Packard continued to make improvements each year, and as a result the company was able to maintain a hold on its market share.
The tenth-series cars offered a number of updates, including the new X-braced frames, driver adjustable power brakes, downdraft carburetion, automatic chokes and dual-coil ignition. Styling changes were made with the eleventh-series cars given new bumpers, more deeply skirted fenders, sleek and stylish wind-splits on the hood doors, relocation of the fuel filler and a host of other details. The Packard catalog was greatly expanded from six series on five wheelbases to six wheelbases and a full nine different series. The long, 147-inch wheelbase became available in the Super Eight series and with it a line of catalogued custom bodies from LeBaron and Dietrich.
Although Packard offered a wide variety of roadsters and convertible coupes, two-passenger closed coupes were few and usually derived from the convertible coupe body. Beginning in 1932 with the new Light Eight model, Packard gave the closed coupes a bit more style by echoing the convertible contours in the fixed roof. For 1933, after the Light Eight was dropped because of poor sales, the stylish 2/4-passenger coupe was continued in the entry-level Eight line. These all had rumble seats and had the same golf bag door as the roadsters and convertibles. An interesting feature was the small rear window that rolled down for better ventilation.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
145 bhp, 384.8 cu. in. L-head inline eight, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension with beam front axle and live rear axle, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 141"
Source: RM Auctions