Packard Super Eight 2/4-Passenger Coupe
Many consider the 1935 to 1939 Senior models to be among the finest automobiles produced by the Packard Motor Car Company. Certainly, it is true that they represented the end of an era; never again would Packard offer the exceptional quality of a hand-built car after this period. Although the Super Eight was far from being the most expensive Packard model, this handsome coupe, starting from $2,880, still cost more than five times the price of a contemporary Ford. Less than one percent of the cars sold in America were luxury vehicles of the caliber and quality displayed by the Senior Packard model range.
The Fourteenth Series was introduced in 1936, and while largely carried over from the 1935 Twelfth Series, it included several differences that are important to today’s collectors. The most significant of these was a new radiator, which was raked back an additional five degrees, giving the car a much sleeker look than its predecessor. In addition, the Fourteenth Series also marked the final use of the very attractive 17-inch wire wheels, as well as Bijur chassis lubrication, ride control, solid front axles, mechanical brakes and the proven 384 cubic inch eight-cylinder engine.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
150bhp, 384 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, front beam axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel vacuum-assisted mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 139".
Source: RM Auctions