Packard Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton
Packard introduced its new Eleventh Series cars on August 21, 1933. Although the company didn’t admit to model years, they were in fact considered 1934 cars and remained in production through the following August when the Twelfth Series, 1935 cars were launched. The engine now featured steel-backed, babbitt-lined crankshaft bearings, an oil temperature regulator and a full-flow oil filter. Other new features included slotted bumpers and an optional radio. The gas tank filler moved to the left taillight. Each of the three models, Eight, Super Eight and Twelve, was available in three wheelbases, an ambitious total of 41 different combinations of engines, wheelbases and body styles, plus 17 “catalog customs” bodied by coachbuilders LeBaron and Dietrich.
The Packard Eight, least expensive of the three models, offered a sedan on the shortest, 127.5-inch wheelbase, and a choice of a seven-passenger sedan or limousine on a long, 141.5-inch chassis. Most body styles, ten in all, were on the intermediate 136.25-inch wheelbase. Four-door open cars were plentiful in the 1934 Packard catalog, with a 4-5 Passenger Phaeton, 7-Passenger Touring, Convertible Sedan and dual-cowl Sport Phaeton advertised in the Super Eight and Twelve lines, not to mention the convertible sedans, cabriolets and sport phaetons furnished by LeBaron and Dietrich as catalog customs. Perhaps surprisingly, the entry-level Eight series, while not having any “designer bodies,” also had a full complement of in-house styles: the style 711 4-Passenger Phaeton, 710 7-Passenger Touring and 723 Convertible Sedan. Almost forgotten, though, was the Eight Sport Phaeton, style 721, which was made in such small quantities that it didn’t show on the price list.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
120 bhp, 319.2 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 136.25"
Source: RM Auctions
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