Packard’s 1929 models were known as the Sixth Series and saw straight eights become standard across all model lines, with the six-cylinder being phased out in that year. The so-called “Standard Eights,” such as the example offered here, rode a 126.5-inch-wheelbase chassis, with power from an all-new 90 hp, 319.2 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine backed by a three-speed manual transmission. Power from this large straight eight was nearly effortless, with superb torque and uncannily smooth acceleration all the way up to a top speed nearing 80 mph.
Underneath, the live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf spring suspension provides superior comfort and road-holding ability, making this one of the most enjoyable pre-war cars to drive. The characteristic Bijur lubrication system makes routine maintenance less of a chore. Five disc wheels were standard equipment, but the dressy dual side-mounted spares, were an additional $130. They were part of the Deluxe Equipment package, which also included the chrome plating on the cowl band and cowl lamps, as well as an accessory trunk rack.
The convertible coupe offered here, an unusual and seldom-seen but highly attractive body style, is a perfect choice for touring. The car is finished in bright yellow paintwork over a rich green leather interior with a tan convertible top. The brightwork, including the iconic ‘tombstone’ radiator shell and Goddess of Speed mascot are beautifully done. In place of the usually seen disc wheels, the car is equipped with six body-colored wire wheels with blackwall tires and chrome beauty rings, an elegant and unique touch.
Nicely appointed, it is equipped with a Jaeger clock and North East combination speedometer and odometer and, underlining its status as one of the preeminent sporting automobiles for the well-heeled, it is equipped with a golf bag door. The car retains both its original body tag and a service tag from Packard Westchester Company, Inc., the very same dealer from whom the car was originally purchased.
A Classic Car Club of America Full Classic, this Packard will surely be the delight of any CCCA meet or CARavan tour.