Packard 745 4-Passenger Phaeton
During the era of coachbuilt automobiles, Packard was the undisputed leader, selling more cars than all other fine car brands combined. No other manufacturer since has enjoyed such a commanding lead. Heads of state and captains of industry alike chose Packards for their personal transportation.
Many consider the 745 to represent the ultimate Packard from this period. Its long wheelbase of 145 inches provided a superb platform for the custom coachbuilders of the era to create what many regard as their finest designs. For 1931, Packard moved the cowl ahead, creating more body space, but shortening the hood by five inches. As a result, the long hood of the 745 series is highly prized by collectors today.
Additionally, the seventh series introduced the flowing fender line that has since come to characterize the Classic Era. Unlike the earlier cars, the line from the crown of the fender to the running board creates a single, beautiful, sweeping arc. For 1930, these Packards also benefited from a new four-speed transmission. Other changes included non-shatter laminated glass, dual glove compartments, adjustable front seats, fender-mounted parking lamps and a revised headlamp shape.
Most Packards were production cars – well built, luxurious, smooth, and quiet. Even these were frighteningly expensive, however, selling for the price of a very nice house. Of course, one-of-a-kind custom bodies were ever more exclusive and, as is often the case, the open cars are considered the most desirable body styles, offering clients the perfect blend of luxury and open air motoring excitement.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
106bhp, 385 cu. in. inline L-head eight-cylinder engine, four-speed transmission, solid front angle with leaf spring suspension, solid rear axle with hypoid gear drive, and four-wheel assisted mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase 145"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel