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Lot 255

1933 Packard Super Eight Model 1004 5/7-Passenger Touring

  • Chassis no. 750634
  • Engine no. 750643

Sold for $154,000


145 hp, 384.8 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-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: 142 in.

• Reported the third of ten examples built for 1933
• Older restoration that still presents well
• CCCA Full Classic that is perfect for touring

With the introduction of Packard’s 10th Series came three new name designations: Eight, Super Eight, and Twelve. With the new designations came some notable improvements across the lineup. Included were a new “X” frame member, two-barrel downdraft carburetor, special manifold, automatic choke, single-plate clutch with a vacuum control option, and vacuum brakes which were adjustable to four different positions. Carried over from previous models were 17-inch wheels and the adjustable-ride shock absorber control, along with an adjustable driver’s seat. Pivoted half-windows, an electric oil pressure gauge, and seat cushions were designed by a person described, but never identified, as “a world famous orthopedic surgeon.”

A total of thirteen body styles were available in the Model 1004 line, which ranged in price from $2,780 to $3,600, all of which rode on the 142-inch wheelbase chassis. Power was provided by Packard’s venerable 384.8-cubic inch L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, which afforded 145 horsepower at 3200 rpm. The 10th Series was discontinued after a run of only seven and a half months, resulting in low production numbers, with just 788 examples built for the model year.

The largest of the Super Eights for 1933 was the 5/7-passenger Touring Car. Body Style 650 was priced at $2,980 and it benefited from a restyled body and new windshield treatment; the driver’s side spotlight that had been standard for years was now optional. According to its original data plate, chassis 750634 was delivered in May of 1933 to Monmouth, New Jersey. It is believed that only ten of these touring cars were built for 1933 and that this is the third of those examples to come off the line.

This striking Super Eight Touring rides the long-wheelbase chassis similar to the first of the legendary Packard Twelves. It wears an older, high-quality restoration and is painted a lively combination of Ivory and red, along with a red chassis and body-color radiator—both desirable factory options when new. Attesting to the quality of the restoration, the car is both nicely and evenly patinated and the red leather interior remains sumptuous. The original leather-wrapped trunk with canvas cover, jack and pump, and the original tools in their bag remain with the car. The car has been mechanically maintained and it runs and drives well. The Bijur chassis lubrication system is fully-functional, and all gauges are in working order. A two-speed rear-end has been fitted for effortless touring. Accessories include dual spotlights, fog lamps, side-mount spare tires, and exterior rearview mirrors. The car benefits from new coils and a spin-on oil filter replacement. The sale further includes valuable extras, including an additional distributor, the original owner’s manual, service manuals, spare parts, and a sales brochure. The Super Eight is recognized as a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America, and it would be a welcome addition at any of its events, such as Grand Classics and Caravans. The powerful Packard engine and two-speed rear will make for delightful touring in this rare Packard from the Classic Era.

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