Packard's Eighth Series 1931 models adopted a number of engine upgrades pioneered by Col. Jesse Vincent's 734 Speedster giving the 385 cubic inch Deluxe Eights 120 brake horsepower. With Packard's standard 4-speed transmission the extra power gave top quality sporting performance, particularly in the rumble seat Roadster which replaced the 2-seat Speedster body while weighing only about 170 pounds more. They would be the last true Roadster built by Packard, as well as from a very low production year: only 2,016 Deluxe Eights were built in all body styles in 1931. This car has a particularly intriguing history with its California black plates showing it has been in the dry, benevolent climate of California at least since 1969. It is finished in Burgundy with a subtle metallic component and red coachline and has black fenders and body accent, red leather upholstery and a black cloth top with red piping. A set of wide whitewall tires are mounted on chrome wire wheels and equipment includes dual side-mounts with chrome rings and mirrors, wind wings, a golf bag door, black metal luggage trunk, donut chaser radiator mascot, radiator stone guard, spotlight, Trippe driving lights and rumble seat. Its most recent owner acquired it in the early 70's and it has been driven and shown frequently since then in western events. Restored some time ago, the paint and chrome are in very good condition while the interior shows wear and use with light creasing and surface cracks but is sound and usable. This will be a wonderful, powerful, attractive tour car; a CCCA Full Classic (tm) eligible for all that club's events. The fact it could be called Packard's factory hot rod only adds to its appeal.
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