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Ex-Shaaf Museum 1933 Packard Super Eight Club Sedan Chassis no. 656Z32

Estimate: US$70,000 - US$90,000
Price realised:  n. a.
Lot number 357•, Views: 40

Always built to the highest standards, the Packard was unquestionably one of the finest American cars of the pre-war era. First introduced in 1924, the Eight was notable as the first Packard to employ four-wheel brakes. Its sidevalve straight-eight engine developed 85bhp from 5.9 liters, and the Eight line-up initially comprised ten models on two wheelbase lengths. In 1927 the engine was enlarged to 6.3 liters and a smaller 5.2-liter Standard Eight introduced for 1929, the larger engine continuing to power the Custom and DeLuxe Eights. The latter was re-christened 'Super Eight' for 1933, by which time all Packards featured synchromesh transmission. The height of the depression did not dampen the artistic inspirations of the automobile industry. The years 1930 – 1937 produced some of the finest styled automobiles ever. Packard in particular, though always a beautifully styled and functioning machine before, truly spread its wings during this time. This period of design excellence occurred during a time slumping sales and the hardship of a nation in despair. Like many great works of art some of man's greatest things are devised during the toughest times. The general styling in the auto industry had seen a collective peak in the years 1932 – 1934. Packard lead the way in 1931 with the Eighth series line. This series set a new standard for styling and saw a line of cars designed with such attention to detail that even the taillight is considered a masterpiece. For 1932 styling transitioned with the adoption of the v shaped radiator shells coinciding with the addition of a new V-twelve engine to the range. The years 33-34 a desire to make the cars more silent saw a move toward smaller wheels and skirted fenders. A new dashboard was introduced and many subtle changes were made. Packard's also received an all new frame design and steering and handling improved. This Super Eight Club Sedan was owned for many years by the Shaaf Museum and while in this collection it had its bodywork restored in house. At the same time renowned engineer and restorer Steve Babinsky of New Jersey rebuilt the motor in 2002. In tan and cream paint scheme with a mauve fabric interior, its restoration is wearing well. A handsome example of a most desirable specification Packard.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance, Exceptional Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
Date of the auction: 12 Sep 2010
Address: Bonhams London
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