1934 Packard Eight Touring

Packard’s new 11th Series debuted in August of 1933, introducing the world to fresh new styling that, for many, represented the pinnacle of elegance and sophistication in the classic era. When compared to the 10th Series, the changes introduced on the 11th Series were subtle yet impactful, and numerous marque enthusiasts feel the Packards of 1934 are some of the most beautiful American cars of the pre-war period. From an engineering standpoint, the 11th Series shared much in common with previous models, from its robust X-braced frame various L-head eight and twelve-cylinder engine options. While a relatively conservative design on paper, Packard engineers succeeded in creating one of the finest driving luxury automobiles of the 1930s, renowned for its outstanding refinement and effortless character.

With its highly attractive open coachwork, this 1934 Packard 1101 Seven-Passenger touring is an excellent example of the much-lauded 11th Series. This striking car features a nicely matured older restoration that was finished to a high standard of quality. Burgundy fenders and trim accent the bright red main body to great effect, and the red-painted wire wheels tie the color scheme together. Complementing the handsome factory coachwork is a host of period accessories including an “Adonis” mascot, dual Trippe lights, chrome trumpet horns, twin side-mounts, search lamps, and a folding rear windscreen. The colors and equipment provide this Packard with a distinctly purposeful appearance that invites regular driving.

The interior is trimmed in tan upholstery, which complements the canvas folding top. Much like the body, the interior is well-restored and appears nicely maintained since the refurbishment. The upholstery shows minimal creasing in the seat surfaces, and even coloring throughout. Carpets are in good condition and show minor wear consistent with the miles driven. The disappearing opera seats distinguish this car as 7-Passenger Touring (body style 710), while the rear windscreen brings in a touch of the sporty character of the similarly-styled Phaeton. The intricately engraved and plated instrument panel sits in the center of a wood fascia, housing the original gauges and the controls for the factory-equipped Motorola radio. Switches and controls all appear in good order, including those for the ride control and adjustable vacuum brakes.

Packard’s 319.2 cubic-inch inline-eight is legendary for its refinement and durability. The L-head unit produced a highly respectable 120 horsepower, and it paired with a three-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh to aid in effortless progress. In this example, the engine is well-detailed in the correct shade of Packard green with a silver crankcase. Finish quality on the major components and accessories is quite good, and the engine appears well maintained while also showing signs of regular use. It runs well, with the smooth and silent operation expected of a Classic Era Packard.

Following many years of attentive care by a series of dedicated enthusiasts, this handsome Packard 1101-710 is prime for enjoyment in any number of road events, CCCA CARavan tours, or for casual outings with the whole family.


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