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1929 Packard 640 Custom 8 Roadster

Finished in Red with Grey accents and coachlining, red disc wheels popularized by Packard, chrome trim rings and black leather interior under a tan cloth top, this is one of the most beautiful automobiles built during the Roaring Twenties. Built on the 140 1/2" Custom wheelbase, it is long, low and sexy, a look reinforced by its distinctive Woodlite headlights, Packard Trippe driving lights, radiator stone guard, chrome bumpers, wide whitewalls, cowl lights and rumble seat. It is an older restoration that still looks great, carefully presented without side-mounted spares to accentuate the flow of the fenders and running boards and enhanced by the rear-mounted spare wheel and tire which makes it appear even longer than it already is. Packard's 1929 lineup reflected its competitiveness, including introduction of the 626 Speedster with its aggressive camshaft, high compression head and 130 horsepower which foreshadowed Packard's performance line in future years. This 640 Custom Eight Roadster is one of the most exciting cars of its era, channeling Jay Gatsby and the young sports of Long Island's North Shore, Newport and the burgeoning automotive lifestyle of California. It is glorious and is still extremely showable if not a high point Concours car. Driven on a day's tour, it will line up proudly and confidently among its contemporaries outside the evening's cocktail hour. It doesn't get much better than that.

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