When James Ward Packard became disgruntled with his newly purchased Winton automobile he was told by Alexander Winton to "build a car yourself". Packard did just that, and by the early 20th Century, became America’s leading manufacturer of luxury automobiles. By the 1920s, Packard had outsold all of the other American luxury car manufacturers including Lincoln and Cadillac.
Although Packard’s 1928 production totaled an all-time record of 49,698 cars, the vast majority, more than 41,000 cars, were the less expensive six-cylinder cars. For the 1929 model year, Packard would discontinue the six-cylinder models and focus exclusively on eight cylinder models. These included the Standard Eight, The Custom Eight and the Deluxe Eight.
The new Sixth Series, Custom Eight Packards were built on the 140 1/2” inch wheelbase chassis and were powered by the 384 cubic inch, eight-cylinder engine. The new Sixth Series chassis featured a redesigned suspension system and a more spacious interior cockpit with a relocated transmission shifting lever and a dash board mounted temperature gauge. The engine was a further refined version of the 1928 eight-cylinder engine with a automatic cylinder oiler. There were nine factory built body styles available on the Custom Eight chassis with the bulk of production being four-door sedans and limousines.
This desirable 1929 Custom Eight Phaeton has a firewall tag indicating that is was sold new by Earle C. Anthony Inc., the famed Packard dealership in Los Angeles. It features many period accessories and options including chrome disc wheels, spot lights, front mounted driving lights, dual side-mounted spare tires with matching mirrors, a rear dual-cowl and windshield assembly, a luggage rack with a matching trunk and the famous Goddess of Speed mascot. It is a recipient of an older restoration and a Classic Car Club of America Senior Award winner. Today, the car is still gorgeous, and looks like a car that was just restored and ready for the show field. The engine bay and chassis show minimal signs of use but remain clean and tidy. The body appears to be extremely solid and straight and the doors open and close as they should with good alignment and fit. The paint shows the expected signs of minimal usage and age but presents extremely well. The red interior is also well presented and complements the car quite well. The polished wood dashboard retains all of its proper instruments and controls which appear to be in excellent condition. The chrome plated accessories and trim items are also in very good condition and well restored. The Sixth Series Custom Eight Packards are highly regarded by today’s collectors because of their great driving characteristics fashionable styling- and this phaeton certainly exemplifies these qualities.
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