Packard Super Eight Convertible Victoria

The cars referred to as 1933 Packards were, in fact, what Packard called 10th series cars. Packard had steadfastly refused to adopt the convention of the model year system, which called for new cars to be introduced in September or October to coincide with the auto show schedules, refusing to have the company’s timeline dictated by others. 

With the introduction of the 11th series cars, Packard finally decided the benefits outweighed any other factors and reluctantly joined the other manufacturers. The result was a shortened run for the 10th series cars—just seven months—to make way for a fall introduction of the new models. For this reason, the 10th series cars are much rarer and, as a result, are preferred by many collectors.

In addition to the changes noted earlier, the 10th series cars offered a number of updates, including the new X-braced frames, downdraft carburetion, and dual coil ignition. Styling was also updated with smart, new skirted fenders and a V-shaped radiator shell. Inside, a new aircraft inspired dash and upgraded trim were added.

As was the case in the ninth series cars, three chassis were offered: the Eight, the Super Eight, and the Twelve—it are the Super Eight and Twelve that are most sought after by collectors today. Both feature the longer 142-inch wheelbase, with its nearly six inch longer hood, and the longer and more graceful flowing fenders. Many consider an open 1933 or 1934 Packard to represent the ultimate Classic Era collector car, with their beautiful front end ensemble featuring matching V-shaped radiators, headlights, and fender lights.

Model 1004. 150 bhp, 327 cu. in. side-valve inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and driver-adjustable vacuum-assisted four-wheel mechanically actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 142.5 in.

Part of the RM Auctions event in Arizona in January, 2013.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Pawel Litwinski

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