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1933 Packard Eight Coupe Roadster

Packard had been long established as America’s premier luxury car maker by the time the Tenth series was introduced for 1933. The Tenth series was a massive undertaking for Packard as they attempted to streamline the range and hoped to allow the prestige of their top models to trickle down to the bottom of the lineup. Packard’s entry-level model Eight (1001, 1002 series) replaced the previous Standard Eight and Light Eights. In spite of Packard’s efforts to move the Eight down toward the middle of the market, it was still well and truly a full luxury car. With a 120 horsepower straight-8 cylinder engine the 1933 Eight gave exceptionally good performance and was considered to be quite a performance bargain of the era.

Due to the economic struggles of the early 1930’s, Packard production was suffering. Fewer than 5,000 examples of the Tenth-series were produced in total. Of that total production, only 1800 units of the 1001 Eights were built. A tiny proportion of those got the sporty coupe roadster coachwork, making this among the rarest of all Tenth series Packards. Sitting on a short 127.5” wheelbase, the Coupe Roadster is characterized by its low windscreen, hidden rumble seat and thanks to this example’s optional rear mounted spare, distinctively clean lines. The addition of wide-white wall tires and Trippe driving lights make this a very attractive example of a true American classic.

This Packard is believed to have been sold new by the Packard dealer in Philadelphia. In the early 1990’s it received a first-rate CCCA award-winning restoration and still looks very handsome today. The quality of the restoration is evident throughout with very fine panel fit and excellent bright work. The brilliant red paint is perfectly suited to the sporting nature of the coachwork. The tan leather interior is in fine order and nicely complements the red exterior. The carpeting, tan top, top boot cover and rumble seat all follow suit in excellent condition. The attractive instrument panel has been nicely restored and sits in a fantastic wood-grain effect dash. Under the long hood is the famously silky smooth 120hp straight 8, mated to a 3-speed gearbox. A well-detailed engine compartment again shows this car has been gently used since its restoration. Packards of this era are known for their exceptional road manners, thanks to the torquey eight-cylinder and slick-shifting transmission. These cars can be driven for long distances and are easy to handle in modern traffic. Combine the renowned drivability with rare and attractive coachwork, and you have an outstanding example of one of the best Pre-War Packards available.

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