Packard Super Eight Coupe Roadster
Packard greatly expanded its catalog for 1934 from six models on five wheelbases to six wheelbases and a full nine different models. New fender contours graced this Eleventh Series, the fronts curving downward nearly to the front bumper. Other changes were more subtle: streamlined hood door handles, radiator caps, better upholstery and a fuel filler integrated into the left tail lamp. In the engine compartment, there was a new oil cooler, and an oil filter was installed. Provision was made for an optional in-dash radio, which necessitated a larger generator.
Among the 13 standard bodies offered on the three different Super Eight chassis was the Coupe Roadster, as Packard then called its convertible coupe. Seating two in the cockpit, it had room for two more sporting passengers in the open-air rumble seat. Widely regarded as the most attractive of the production bodies, the coupe roadsters are highly sought after today.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
145 bhp, 384.8 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, 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: 142"
Source: RM Auctions
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