Packard Light Eight Sedan

Although the Great Depression was still young, the Packard Motor Car Company suspected it would not vanish overnight. As a prestige automaker, they knew that sales would suffer, so it was only natural that a less expensive model be offered. For 1932, therefore, came the Series 900 Packard Light Eight, smaller and lighter than the previous price-leader, the Standard Eight. The engine from the Standard Eight guaranteed excellent performance. The Light Eight, with prices starting at $1,750, undercut the big Packards by 30 percent but unfortunately didn’t cost much less to build. It was not inexpensive enough to attract new buyers but too expensive for Packard to sell at that price. After 6,750 cars in the model year, it was canceled. Packard’s next experiment with economy, the 1935 One-Twenty, which sold for less than half the price of a big Eight, was much more successful.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

110 bhp, 319.2 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127.75".

Source: RM Auctions

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