Packard Deluxe Eight Roadster
Packard Motor Car Company introduced its Eighth Series cars on August 14, 1930. Manifolds and valves from 1930’s Speedster engine had been adopted across the board, resulting in a horsepower boost to 100 for the 319.2-cubic inch Standard Eight, 120 on the 384.8-cubic inch Deluxe models. Deluxe Eights came on two wheelbases: 140.5 inches for open and five-passenger closed cars as well as the Individual Custom models and 145.5 for the seven-passenger sedan and sedan-limousine. The iconic Speedster model of 1929-30 had been discontinued, leaving the Roadster as the most sporting model. In the Deluxe 840 line, this was a rumble seat model using a Style 472 Packard-built body.
The deepening Depression took its toll. While more than 6,000 Deluxe Eights had been produced in the 1930 model year, a scant 2,016 were built for 1931, nearly three-quarters of them before the end of calendar 1930. Sales, however, could not keep up with supply. When the more streamlined Ninth Series 1932 models were introduced in June 1931, the factory began producing kits to update unsold 1931s to the new look to help dealers reduce inventories.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
120 bhp, 384.8 cu. in. side-valve 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
Photo Credit: Copyright Hugh Hamilton