The Auburn Auction

Lot 59
1929 Packard Custom Eight 640 Roadster

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1929 Packard Custom Eight 640 Roadster

CHASSIS NO: 172872

• Judged 99-point CCCA car
• Participant and proven CCCA tour car
• Handsomely accessorized Roadster

384.8 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine rated at 105 HP, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf-spring suspension, four-wheel servo-assisted mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 140”

The Packard name has always represented the very finest in an early American luxury car. Through the years, the Packard name has appeared on the finest town cars, gorgeous limousines, large sedans, and, of course, speedy roadsters that were the hot rods of their day. Packard also had power to spare with its fine line of precision engineered motors that were smooth, fast, and powerful. Clearly, if one wanted a choice of cars in 1929 it was possible to spend an entire week in the showroom of the local Packard dealer. Indeed, Packard offered a multitude of cars to choose from and if a standard body from the company wouldn’t do, there were also several bespoke bodies available from any one of the custom coachbuilders of the day. Packard had a car for everyone, from the largest of family haulers to the sleekest of roadsters. Opulent town cars, long limousines, large sedans, and classy coupes all could be found on any one of Packard’s different wheelbases in 1929. Most impressive was the 640 Super Eight Roadster that rode on a 140-inch wheelbase. If cruising the roads of America in a sporty car was the goal, the Super Eight 640 Roadster stood ready to get the job done in fine fashion.

Offered here is an excellent example of the Packard 640 Roadster with what is arguably one of the best restorations of its kind. This Roadster scored 99 points in CCCA judging in the Senior Class at Carmel, Indiana 2011. It also won first place in the Premier Class in 2014 at the National CCCA Club Meet in Columbus, Indiana. No expense was spared in the restoration of this car and today looks just as nice as when it was finished. This Custom Eight Roadster is finished in a lovely white with dark blue fenders that makes for a nice contrast. The Packard 640 Custom Eight Roadsters immense length makes a dramatic statement on just how elegant and sporty a car can be. Dual side mount spare tires accent its length and roadsters of this era still used the wide running boards for ease of entry. Accessories on the grand roadster include cowl lamps, search lights, wing windows, radiator stone guard, Pilot Ray lights, folding rear trunk rack, and the rare Packard Sliding Boy hood ornament. The interior is expertly upholstered in beige leather and the fine stitching and perfectly aligned seams speak directly to the quality, fit, and finish of this car’s impeccable restoration. The wood dashboard carries the look of fine furniture and is also equipped with a Jaeger eight-day clock. Rumble seat passengers are treated to the same quality leather while feeling the wind-in-the-face experience that only a true roadster can give. There’s also the all-important golf bag storage compartment behind the seat that makes a day on the golf course that much easier. Power for this Packard comes from its 384.8 cubic-inch L-head inline eight-cylinder rated at 120 horsepower mated to a three-speed manual transmission. This car runs as well as it looks, and it regularly participates in many CCCA short touring events. In true roadster fashion, it rides on Packard wire rims with wide whitewall tires that give it a stylish appearance.

The true roadster has all but vanished from the automotive landscape, but this 640 Super Eight takes us back to a time when great cars like Packard ruled the road in a way like no other. For a ride that will delight rumble seat passengers as much as the driver, the quality, fit, craftsmanship, and precision of this Packard’s restoration is something that prospective buyers should look over very closely in order to fully appreciate.

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