Lot #1369.1 - This desirable Packard coupe demonstrates the sheer quality of the brand, a car that was almost six times as expensive as the concurrent 8 cylinder cars from Detroit. The data plate of this charming 1101 coupe reveals that the car was sold on September 20, 1933, just one month after the introduction of the new 1934 models on August 21. The early production run of the car is further reflected in its chassis numbers, which demonstrates that it was only the 31st example produced in body style number 718, the two to four passenger coupe with a jump seat, sometimes referred to as the rumble seat coupe. On completion of manufacture, this car was distributed to White Plains, NY. Reportedly sold in Hershey, PA in 2003, this Packard 1101 was subsequently treated to a sympathetic cosmetic refurbishment that featured fresh paintwork in a two tone scheme of red, an exterior finish that is believed to faithfully duplicate the original colors of the car. Most recently, the car has been meticulously detailed during a period of climate-controlled storage. This Packard Eight is reported to start with ease and run with the silent strength that has long characterized the brand. Its cabin of black upholstery and wood trim displays a soft patina that exudes warmth and character, an ambiance that is echoed by the instrument panels elegant Art Deco gauges. Equipped with dual enclosed side mounts with mirrors, red wire wheels, white wall tires, Trippe lights and an elegant matching red luggage trunk, this striking Packard is a testament to the level of sophistication that was offered by the Eights. Engine specifications: 320cid inline 8 cylinder engine, Stromberg dual downdraft carburetors, 120hp at 3,200rpm with 3-speed manual gearbox. 4-wheel vacuum-assisted mechanical drum brakes, front beam and rear live axle suspension with semi-elliptical leaf springs and hydraulic lever shock absorbers. Its sporty athletic stance and stout V-shaped grille are complimented by gleaming brightwork that has been nicely prepared. Sure to be a crowd pleaser at local car shows and among American pre-war enthusiasts, this car is a well maintained example of Packard excellence.
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