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Lot 25
1935 Packard 1204 Super Eight Coupe Roadster

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1935 Packard 1204 Super Eight Coupe Roadster

CHASSIS NO: 8592260

• One of only two known with the rare dual-windshield option
• AACA National First Prize award winner
• Full photo-documented restoration
• CCCA Full Classic

384.4 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, 150 HP, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 139

In response to the Great Depression and a slowing economy, Packard had introduced the medium-priced One-Twenty model which appealed to a wider audience. The tactic worked pretty well, and soon a healthy cash flow was pouring in from vehicle sales. Their flagship coachbuilt Twelve was still a powerful and prestigious car, but carried a price tag to match, and with so few individuals capable of parting with the necessary funds to purchase an upscale Twelve, fewer than 700 units were produced. It soon became obvious that there were plenty of cars to sell in the middle of those price points, and their response was brilliant.

By 1935, in between the Packard Twelve and the low-end One-Twenty models were the Eight and Super Eight models. These two series were offered with nearly identical ranges of body styles, with the primary differences being the engines offered and the wheelbase sizes. The Eight had its purpose and outsold the luxurious Super Eight by a factor of three to one, perhaps due to their indistinguishable visual differences, but today, that just makes a Super Eight like this fine example all the more rare.

It is a sleek and impressive car for 1935, and the Model 1204 was the largest Packard Super Eight model available. It was fitted with a larger, 384 cubic-inch inline eight-cylinder engine capable of producing 150 horsepower. These open-bodied cars were constructed by the Murray Corporation of America and equipped with the Road-Leveler suspension. Documents accompanying this Packard indicate that it has just 62,000 miles on the odometer from new.

This rare Coupe Roadster is one of just two known with a unique dual-windshield design, where a full windscreen with wind wings could be raised in front of the rumble seat passengers yet would hide away completely when not in use. This car has been well-preserved and cared for with all its authentic details intact and cosmetics pleasingly presented. The Jade Green paint holds a rich shine, with the cream beige leather interior providing a fine contrast. Even the door panels are leather with real wood trim, and the fabric top is clean and fits well. Accessory equipment on the car includes covered dual side-mounted spares, a Packard luggage rack and trunk, and correct painted wire wheels shod in wide whitewall tires. It earned the coveted AACA National First Prize Award in 1997, which attests to the skill and accuracy of the restoration process, and this Packard has been immaculately cared for in a noted midwest collection ever since. After restoration, this fine Super Eight was featured on the cover in Volume 33 of the Packard magazine - The Cormorant.

This impressive Packard would be a splendid addition to any collection of classic era cars as it is delivered in accurate condition with significant documentation of ownership and a photo album chronicaling the restoration process. With recent motor work performed and a rare and unique body style, this Model 1204 will be an enjoyable car for top-down participation in CARavans and Packard club activities, or simply for cruising. It's always enjoyable to arrive in style to an event with a great car with features seldom seen. With classic elegance and one of the sleekest profiles of any Packard produced in the day, this prize-winning Coupe Roadster captures the true spirit of the Classic Era.

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