Lot Number
1934 Packard Super Eight 2/4-Passenger Coupe
The Auburn Auction

ESTIMATE: $160,000 - $180,000
CHASSIS NO: 753217
• Handsomely maintained and presented older restoration
• Powerful eight-cylinder engine and sophisticated chassis
• Raymond Dietrich/Alexis de Sakhnoffsky body design
• CCCA Full Classic® status, eligible for many great classic events
• One of Packard’s finest prewar eight-cylinder models

Eleventh Series, Model 1104, 385 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, Stromberg carburetor, 145 HP at 3,200 RPM, three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel vacuum-assisted mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 142”

Renowned as one of the most beautiful of all Classic Era automobiles, Packard’s gorgeous 11th Series models marked a turning point for Packard styling, as the full-figured front fenders grew ever more integrated into the bodywork from 1935 onward. Not just visually beautiful, they were also magnificently engineered – conservative in terms of technology, but robust, exceptionally well-constructed, and rewarding to drive. The three models of the 11th Series were available on three different wheelbase lengths. In total, 41 different combinations of engines, wheelbases, and body styles were available. Adding further diversity and prestige were 17 'catalog customs' bodied by LeBaron and Dietrich.

The two-seat (with rumble seat) coupe body was one of the most sporting styles on offer, appealing to wealthy playboys who didn’t have to worry about seating a family. Now as when new, the Super Eight 2/4-Passenger Rumble Seat Coupe strikes an ideal balance of stunning style with all-weather capability. Today, these particularly gorgeous automobiles are even more desirable, particularly for enthusiasts who like to enjoy their Packards on touring events. Combine these virtues with Packard’s legendary reliability and ease of use, and you have a near-perfect all-around choice for classic tours and events.

This 1934 Packard Super Eight 2/4-Passenger Coupe is a very fine example with a rare and desirable body style. Very few have survived over the years, with many being rebodied or cut into roadsters. The most recent keeper of this lovely example acquired the car from long-term ownership on the East Coast. The older restoration continues to present exceptionally well in its striking two-tone paint combination of red with dark burgundy fenders and swage lines. The paint looks great, but up close reveals some age-appropriate crazing in the red body finish. It is well-equipped with dual side-mounted spare wheels with full metal covers, a Swan radiator mascot, dual Trippe lights, and gorgeous new chrome wire wheels mounting proper wide whitewall tires. Red painted brake drums appear behind the chrome wires for a sporty look. Chrome brightwork is very good, showing just a slight bit of aging yet otherwise attractive and consistent with the overall quality of the restoration. This machine is quite visually stunning from all angles, with the proportions bordering on perfection, thanks in no small part to the grand 142-inch wheelbase of the Model 1104 Super Eight chassis.

Occupants are cosseted in freshly upholstered black leather seats. Matching black door panels are capped with gorgeous wood trim flowing into a beautiful wood grain dash. The instrument panel features a full array of gauges in a beautifully detailed chromed and painted cluster. The dash, steering wheel and instruments show just a slight bit of patina from use since restoration, making it a very pleasing and comfortable place to spend an afternoon of motoring. Being a two-place coupe, a rumble seat accommodates occasional rear passengers, trimmed in black leather to match the cabin. Packard’s big 384.8 cubic-inch, L-head inline ‘eight’ produces a silken 145 horsepower and abundant, almost effortless, torque. It puts power through a three-speed manual transmission known for its ease of operation and smooth shift action. Every car enthusiast should experience driving a Packard of this era at least once, as they are surprisingly tractable, incredibly smooth and remarkably easy to drive for such a grand car. This example’s big ‘eight’ and engine bay are tidy and presented in proper Packard colors and finishes. Importantly, the engine is likely original to this car, as indicated by the chassis and engine numbers being in very close sequence. Correct spark plug wires and other details provide an attractive yet functional look. Some signs of use are apparent, making this a car that encourages one to drive rather than to be left to sleep in sterile garage storage. The chassis is likewise tidy and fully functional, with excellent four-wheel mechanical brakes keeping things under control.

The 1934 Super Eight is one of the most highly regarded models from Packard, and in fact, many collectors and enthusiasts believe the 11th Series cars to be the pinnacle of this storied marque. This gorgeous example is of course a recognized CCCA Full Classic® automobile and will provide a great choice for CCCA CARavans, AACA Tours and shows, or best of all, a wonderful weekend exploring your favorite roads.

1934 Packard Super Eight 2/4-Passenger Coupe
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