Powered by Packard's big 384 cubic inch inline eight, the Sixth Series 1929 640 Custom Eight offered power, performance and prestige in the ultimate year of the Roaring Twenties. Today it is recognized as a Classic Car Club of America Full Classic (tm), a modern measure of its stature among its contemporaries and one of the finest automobiles of its era. This 1929 Packard Custom Eight 640 seven-passenger Phaeton is a particularly fine example of its kind, a beautifully balanced and proportioned open car with commodious accommodations for seven passengers that has never needed a full restoration but is presented with excellent cosmetics and a sharp, well-maintained engine compartment and chassis. Finished in olive green with black fenders and upholstered in brown, its subtle exterior colors are complemented by orange painted wire wheels with black wall tires. It is fitted with dual side-mounts with mirrors, a driver's side spotlight, cowl lamps, wind wings and a folding rack for luggage. The coachwork is especially attractive on the 640's 140 1/2 inch wheelbase. A benign history is evident from its condition as it appears to have been, or needed, a comprehensive restoration but to have recognized years, even generations, ago as a wonderful example of its kind with subsequent careful preservation and maintenance and cosmetic attention to exemplary standards as needed. Today it has a recent repaint and new top, bringing it up to highly presentable standards that honor its history. It runs and drives well and will be a highly satisfying car to drive on tours or weekend jaunts where its excellent chassis and powerful engine will make it an exceptional performer.
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