- In exceptional condition
- Matching numbers
- A candidate for concours d'elegance
It was in 1924 that the in-line eight-cylinder engine and drum brakes on all four wheels were introduced for the top model Single Eight, but ten years later, Packard had increasingly become synonymous with comfort, elegance and mechanical refinement. Wealthy people were very fond of Packard and no less than 20 different body designs were on offer.
After a successful life in the US, this "Rumble seat coupe", crossed the Atlantic in 1999 and was subject of a complete frame-up restoration by the current owner between 2001 and 2003. It is equipped with the powerful eight-cylinder engine, mated to a three-speed gearbox. The works carried out to a high standard are too numerous to list in full. The engine was completely overhauled as well as the gearbox and the clutch. Other work included re-boring the cylinders +0.30, resurfacing the head, camshafts, valves, pistons, pumps and various engine parts were all replaced with new components or rebuilt. The manifolds were sandblasted and re-enamelled, the radiator, fuel tank and brakes refurbished, and the chromework, coachwork seals and the electrical circuit have all been renewed. The differential has been re-manufactured to match the original. The upholstery has also been re-done to conform to the original and the paintwork retains its elegant two-tone livery of gold bronze and marine blue. More than 30,000 were spent on the paint job alone. An electric fuel pump has been installed to facilitate starting.
This rare model, with dual spare wheels, and equipped with a side hatch for storing golf clubs and a "Rumble Seat" participated in and has already won several concours d'elegance.