1933 Packard 1001 Eight Coupe Roadster Chassis number: 60928 Excellent history from new. Great to drive with 8 cylinders and desirable options. First year with down-draft carburetor and full syncro transmission. Premium frame-up restoration with multiple awards including Classic Car Club of American National First and 100 Point C.C.C.A. Senior Award. Rare, one year only style.
Most enthusiasts will agree that Packard’s glory days began in earnest in the late 1920s and ran through the mid-1930s. During this time, the famed Detroit automaker was building some of the finest automobiles on the market, expanding its reputation around the world and supplying machines to moguls and Hollywood stars. The over-engineered nature of their chassis and engines earned them a reputation of exceptional reliability. Packard also offered a staggering array of body, chassis and engine combinations that could be tailored to suit virtually any client, providing they had the necessary funds. For the more discerning clientele with deeper pockets, a chassis could be fitted with a bespoke body by any one of twenty custom body builders at their disposal. Packards of this era were grand, yet elegantly restrained. They are considered by many to be the very finest automobiles of their time. The model 443 of 1928 was part of the Fourth Series and was one of the most impressive automobiles of its day. It rode on an immense 143” wheelbase regardless of body style, giving it a sense of presence that few could match. Motivation was courtesy of a nearly silent straight-eight that displaced 383 cubic inches, and produced an understressed 109 horsepower and a steady wave of torque. As with other Packards of this period, the 443 was not an intimidating car to drive thanks to the slick gearbox, powerful brakes and excellent road manners, and it was preferred by famous people the world over, including famous French aviator Dieudonne Costes and H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, among others. Our featured example is a 443 Eight dual-windshield Phaeton from 1928. This is an extremely well-preserved older restoration that performs well and presents in very attractive condition. The body is finished in a handsome combination of medium brown with dark brown beltline, black fenders and dark orange disc wheels and body accents. It’s a surprisingly attractive combination that sets this car apart from others. The signature Packard disc wheels are fitted with whitewall tires all around, including the dual sidemount spares. The styling is very sporting for a large car, particularly with the canvas top erected, which imparts a rakish and aggressive look, particularly in profile. Paint quality and body work are excellent on this quality restoration. The chrome and brightwork are in similarly excellent condition, showing deep shine and minimal flaws. The imposing Packard radiator shell is protected by a stainless steel stone guard, while windwings, cowl lamps, outside mirrors and a trunk rack round out the accessories. The gorgeous interior is trimmed in dark tan leather which finely complements the exterior paint colors. Being a dual-windshield Phaeton, rear passengers have their own adjustable windscreen with windwings to keep them comfortable and unruffled during a top-down blast. A past owner installed a set of handsome wooden cabinets behind the driver’s seat which appears to be the only deviation from originality in the cabin, and would make a rather nice drinks-cabinet to keep rear passengers even happier than they would already be. The wood dash and door caps are restored with deep gloss and the instruments presented beautifully in the center of the fascia. Certainly stylish and dapper, this Packard is also mechanically excellent, thanks to regular use and care since the restoration was completed. The 383 cubic inch inline eight cylinder starts readily and performance is excellent for a car of this size and stature. The grand 443 has a tendency to shrink around the driver once out on the road making them among the most enjoyable large classics to drive and extremely popular among touring enthusiasts. Thanks to the obvious care this example has received, it remains attractive enough for show. As a CCCA approved Full Classic, it would be extremely well-suited for CARavan Touring and a welcome addition to any collection of fine automobiles.
Packard is a name synonymous with quality. From the earliest days of building horseless carriages, through their glory days in the 1930s and 1940s, Packard built the best. They traditionally avoided flamboyance and took a measured and conservative approach to both engineering and styling. This became both a help and a hindrance, as their loyal and traditional customer base began to dwindle, they found it increasingly difficult to attract new buyers. But these concerns were not on the minds of Packard designers when they introduced the 11th Series Eight on August 21, 1933. The three models were available on three different wheelbase chassis. In total, 41 different combinations of engines, wheelbases and body styles were available to buyers. Adding diversity and prestige to the range were 17 'catalog customs' bodied by coachbuilders LeBaron and Dietrich. The Eleventh Series cars (which ran through early 1935) were given attractive new fender contours that curved downwards nearly to the front bumper, giving a full-figured, sublimely elegant look. Other changes included new radiator caps, hood, door handles, better quality upholstery, and a fuel filler integrated into the left tail lamp. Mechanical changes included an oil-cooler and an oil filter for increased engine longevity. Unchanged was Packard’s legendary luxury and effortless operation. The 11th series refinements struck a magic balance of elegance, power and performance and to this day remain some of the most desirable cars of the classic era. This striking 1934 Packard Eight Coupe is a wonderful example of this very desirable and rare model. Many of these elegant coupes were cut to make coupe-roadsters when the values of open cars peaked. As a result, very few original coupes remain and Packard enthusiasts have come to know these to be among the very best, and stylish, tour cars available. This example is a life-long California car that has been beautifully restored in a very elegant color combination. The cream body is offset by deep burgundy fenders and coach lines accented with red wire wheels and covered side-mount spares. In 2009, while in the hands of the most recent owner, a mechanical and cosmetic freshening was performed by renowned marque experts Custom Auto Service of Santa Ana, California, totaling over $90,000. The engine was rebuilt, bumpers and various trim rechromed, and the car prepared for CCCA CARavan duty with the addition of a proven Gear Vendor Overdrive unit. It subsequently completed a 1000-mile tour of the Pacific Northwest, where it is reported to have not required a single drop of oil or coolant. Today, this magnificent Packard presents in beautiful condition. The restoration has aged gracefully and the car remains very showable with excellent quality cosmetics and details. The chrome is in excellent condition and the classic radiator shell is adorned with a Goddess of Speed mascot while at the rear end, a Packard trunk rack and chrome step plate for rumble seat passengers are fitted. Rich brick-red leather lines the cozy cockpit, which has taken on a warm character with use. Carpets, woodwork and other interior trim are similarly excellent and the rear window features a pull-down shade, presumably to keep sun - or prying eyes from the rumble seat passengers– out of the cabin. Beneath the hood rests the iconic, silky smooth inline-eight cylinder engine. It is correctly detailed with proper Packard Green paint, black components and correct fittings and plating. It is very clean and tidy, showing a few signs of regular use yet remaining very presentable. There is a good reason why CCCA and Packard enthusiasts think so highly of the 11th Series Packard Eight. Excellent road manners come courtesy of the torque-laden eight-cylinder, the slick and forgiving gearbox, surprisingly light steering and strong brakes. Few cars of the era match these Packards for their combination of style and easy performance. This is an outstanding example that is an on-the-button, totally proven tour car with great history that will surely make its next keeper very proud indeed.