Packard Super Eight Convertible Sedan
Many consider Packard’s Super Eight and Twelve cars from the mid to late thirties to be the finest automobiles ever produced by the Packard Motor Car Company. Certainly it is true that the senior cars represented the end of an era – never again would Packard offer the exceptional quality of a handbuilt senior car.
An extensive redesign for 1935 offered major improvements in these top-of-the-line Packards. Updates included more horsepower and improvements in suspension and steering that made the cars easier and more comfortable to drive. All new bodies introduced true envelope styling - for the first time the car was designed as a whole, with body, hood, fenders, and running boards integrated into a smoothly executed design, regarded as one of the most attractive bodies of the era.
1937 marked the first major update to the new senior cars. Most important was the addition of independent front suspension – a modern system utilizing wishbones and coil springs. The results were dramatic, with lighter steering, a more supple ride, and better roadholding. The second major change was the adoption of hydraulic brakes, a more reliable system that proved much easier to maintain in peak operating condition.
By 1937, the era of the true coachbuilt car was largely finished. Decreasing demand due to the lingering effects of the Depression combined with the increasing quality and stylishness of factory coachwork dramatically reduced the business available to independent coachbuilders. As a result, most had closed or moved on to other businesses. A handful of coachbuilders remained, but their results were no less spectacular.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
135bhp 320 cu. in. L-head nine main bearing inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed synchromesh transmission, coil spring independent front suspension and leaf spring live hypoid rear axle with four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 139"
Source: RM Auctions