Packard introduced the Light Eight in early 1932 in an attempt to respond to the Depression with a lower cost automobile. Produced for only one year, the distinctive shovel-nosed Light Eight is highly regarded by collectors even though it was a disappointment in the marketplace. The reason was simple enough: although it was lower priced it was still built to Packard standards of quality and powered by a 100hp version of Packard's Standard Eight engine. It was too expensive to have much appeal in a Depression-era market, but not priced high enough for Packard to make money on it. With only 6,750 built and visually distinguished from standard Packards by the attractive and unique grille, it is extremely rare, particularly in the Coupe Roadster body style of this example. It has benefited from a full restoration and is a well sorted, pretty car showing some age but still capable of holding its own on tours and weekend drives. It is finished in black with red leather upholstery and a black top with red piping and has painted wire wheels, wide whitewall tires, a Donut Chaser radiator mascot, dual horns, rumble seat and a rear-mounted spare wheel and tire. With 100 horsepower, a sorted chassis and open coachwork it will be a highly satisfying automobile to own and drive. It looks great, too.
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