Lot 407

Hershey 2023

1931 Packard 840 Deluxe Eight Convertible Coupe


$67,100 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



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  • Well-preserved older restoration of Packard’s upscale Deluxe Eight
  • Said to be fitted with a 3.54:1 differential for improved drivability in modern traffic and over long distances
  • Equipped with period-correct options of wire wheels, dual fender-mounted spares, wind wings, and luggage rack
  • Recognized by the Classic Car Club of America as a Full Classic
  • Offered from the collection of Bryan Keysor

The Packard Motor Car Company introduced its Eighth Series on 14 August 1930. Manifolds and valves from the 734 Speedster engine were adopted across the board, resulting in a power boost to 120 horsepower on the 384.8-cubic-inch straight eight-cylinder “Senior” Deluxe models.

This Deluxe Eight Convertible Coupe was delivered new via the pivotal Earle C. Anthony distributorship of Los Angeles. The rest of the car’s history is unfortunately lost until the late-1960s when early collector Nathan Derus is said to have found the car outside a garage in Venice, California. Hal Orchard of Santa Ana, California is then reported to have restored the car in the 1970s. Later, in the 1980s, noted marque authority Eric Rosenau is said to have rebuilt the straight-eight engine. During this later refurbishment, the rear axle is said to have been fitted with 3.54:1 gears to facilitate driving in modern traffic and long-distance touring.

Tastefully painted in light and dark gray, the car features red wire wheels, dual fender-mounted spares, and wide whitewall tires. The black leather interior coordinates nicely with the exterior motif, which is further set off by handsome burl wood-grain on the dashboard and window trim. Directional signals have been discreetly fitted for safety on the road.

Recognized as a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America, this Packard is eligible for a bevy of club activities and is a veteran of CCCA CARavans across the eastern United States. A charmingly appointed example of Packard’s upper-echelon Deluxe Eight, the car is sure to delight at concours d’elegance and events of all kinds.