Packard Deluxe Eight Dual Cowl Phaeton
In 1931, when most car manufacturers introduced a number of less expensive models to fight the lingering effects of the Great Depression, Packard discontinued some of its less expensive models and emphasized custom offerings. The company wanted to reinforce its position in the luxury car market, and resolutely believed that the superior taste and financial strength of its customer base would prevail. The resulting Eighth Series Packard lineup consisted of two different model designations – the 826 and 833 Standard Eight, and the 840 and 845 DeLuxe Eight models.
Packard made several enhancements to the DeLuxe models that year, including a Stewart-Warner fuel pump, which replaced the vacuum tank, and automatic Bijur chassis lubrication. Horsepower increased substantially to 120 brake horsepower, thanks to improved valves and manifolds that were taken directly from the defunct Speedster. As their name suggested, the DeLuxe variants offered more horsepower, a longer wheelbase, and improved trim and fittings over the Standard Eight models, accounting for a substantial $1,000 price difference with most models. However, Packard’s strategy actually worked against the company’s financial health, as there proved to be little hope that the Depression would subside quickly. As a result, only 626 examples of the DeLuxe Eight were built in 1931.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
120bhp, 384.8 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 140.5"
Source: RM Auctions