The 1935 Senior Packards were significantly improved even though the low priced One Twenty made up the bulk of Packard's production in this Depression year. Frames were fully boxed with more robust X-member reinforcement. A compression increase to 6.5:1 increased the Super Eight's power to 150 bhp at a leisurely 3,200 rpm. Packard standardized its Senior chassis largely on the 139 inch wheelbase needed to accommodate the longer Twelve engine. The Super Eights were 25hp less than the Twelves but also 435 pounds lighter. Less weight on the front wheels made the Super Eight more responsive and easier to drive. The slightly raked radiator grille is matched by the rake of the windshield while the length of the hood is accented by a series of five chrome trimmed side vents.
This 1935 Packard Super Eight is an impressive restoration that has passed through the caring and sympathetic hands of several notable collectors since its surprisingly thorough restoration in the 1980s. Over the years since its restoration it has been gently but regularly used and received attention as needed to maintain its appearance and mechanical function to levels appropriate to its quality. It has worn its present Ruby Red livery since its original restoration, but it was redone more recently by the masters at Junior's House of Color and its presentation reflects the superb quality of Junior Conway's work. The interior is light grey leather accented with a burl wood pattern dashboard and fine wood window garnish moldings under a beige cloth top. The wire wheels are done in body color with chrome spokes and wear striking wide whitewall tires. Equipment includes a radio, rumble seat and golf bag doors on either side.
Sidemounted spares were an extra-cost option in 1935, one that most Packard Super Eight buyers specified. The original owner of this Coupe Roadster did not, a choice that leaves the flowing front fenders free to merge smoothly with the running boards, a touch not often seen that highlights the exceptional design and presence of this long wheelbase 2/4 seat Coupe Roadster, its length accentuated by the highly unusual enclosed rear-mounted spare. Its history is known from new and it has had the finest care without ever falling into disrepair. It is a magnificent example of the quality, style, performance and luxury of the 1935 Packard Super Eight that with its long wheelbase 2/4 passenger Coupe Roadster coachwork's unadorned flanks makes a stunning statement backed up by a magnificent, thorough restoration, meticulous care and attention throughout its life and brilliant Junior Conway paint in deep, rich Ruby Red that is highlighted by subtly tasteful use of bright chrome trim. This is an exceptional automobile that exemplifies the quality, style and performance of the 1935 Packard Super Eight.