Packard Super Eight 5/7-Passenger Touring
With the introduction of Packard’s 10th Series came three new name designations: Eight, Super Eight, and Twelve. With the new designations came some notable improvements across the lineup. Included were a new “X” frame member, two-barrel downdraft carburetor, special manifold, automatic choke, single-plate clutch with a vacuum control option, and vacuum brakes which were adjustable to four different positions. Carried over from previous models were 17-inch wheels and the adjustable-ride shock absorber control, along with an adjustable driver’s seat. Pivoted half-windows, an electric oil pressure gauge, and seat cushions were designed by a person described, but never identified, as “a world famous orthopedic surgeon.”
A total of thirteen body styles were available in the Model 1004 line, which ranged in price from $2,780 to $3,600, all of which rode on the 142-inch wheelbase chassis. Power was provided by Packard’s venerable 384.8-cubic inch L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, which afforded 145 horsepower at 3200 rpm. The 10th Series was discontinued after a run of only seven and a half months, resulting in low production numbers, with just 788 examples built for the model year.
The largest of the Super Eights for 1933 was the 5/7-passenger Touring Car. Body Style 650 was priced at $2,980 and it benefited from a restyled body and new windshield treatment; the driver’s side spotlight that had been standard for years was now optional.
Part of the RM Auctions Hershey event in October, 2012.
145 hp, 384.8 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 142 in.
Source: RM Auctions
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