Continuing to epitomize America’s fine-car market during the early 1930s, Packard’s Eleventh Series model range continues to rank among the company’s finest. Debuted in August 1933, they featured a wide range of handsomely styled bodies based on Raymond Dietrich’s foundational design language established in 1930. Masterfully streamlined updates for 1934’s Eleventh Series models were contributed by Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, likely the most highly acclaimed stylist of the era. Featuring beautifully skirted fenders and V-shaped radiator grilles, the Eleventh Series Packard models possessed a style and grace matched by few, if any, competing marques at the time.
Numerous welcome mechanical updates typified Packard’s Eleventh Series and delivered an outstanding driving experience with greater ease of operation than ever before. Positioned between the Eight and Twelve lines in Packard’s broad and versatile model hierarchy, the Super Eight was offered in three variations, including Model 1103 on the 134-7/8” wheelbase chassis, Model 1104 on the 141-7/8” wheelbase length, and Model 1105 on the 146-7/8” wheelbase, with the difference taken up by hoods of various lengths. Ample power was delivered by Packard’s whisper-quiet L-head 385 CI inline eight-cylinder engine developing 145 BHP. Just 1,920 Super Eights of all models and body styles were built for the 1934 Eleventh Series.
While all surviving Eleventh Series Packard models are highly prized, this Super Eight 2/4-passenger Coupe Roadster continues to benefit handsomely from a gorgeous and exceptionally well preserved restoration. A truly refreshing find without the customary side mounted spare wheels/tires and the long shuttered hood and cowl fully visible, this Super Eight remains in show-quality condition throughout, including the body, Maroon paint finish, Black soft top, and gleaming brightwork. Delightful period accessories include twin chrome Pilot Ray accessory lights, a Packard “goddess” radiator mascot, and rear spare in a body-color steel case. A visually striking set of chrome wire wheels and new period style Firestone Blackwall tires impart a decidedly sporty look. This is quite simply a visually stunning machine from all angles, the proportions border on perfection, thanks in no small part to the grand 142” wheelbase of the Super Eight chassis.
The interior compartment is comfortably trimmed in maroon leather and matching carpeting, which is in great condition with only small creases visible to the seating surfaces. A fully trimmed, matching rumble seat enhances the enjoyment for two additional passengers as desired. Housed within a striking burled weed grain dash is a jewel-like instrument panel includes a large, easy-to-read speedometer with odometer and trip odometer, plus gauges monitoring oil pressure, fuel level, coolant temperature and amperage, plus a precision Waltham 8-day clock and rare AM radio. Glove boxes to each dash side heighten convenience and privacy.
Packard’s big 384.8 cubic inch L-head inline eight produces a silken 145 horsepower and an ocean of effortless torque. It puts power through a three-speed manual gearbox which is known for its ease of operation and smooth shifting. Every car enthusiast should experience driving a Packard of this era at least once, as they are surprisingly tractable, incredibly smooth and remarkably easy to drive for such a large and grand car.
The 11th Series Packard had few peers in its day, and the same sentiment rings true today. When new, they were coveted for their style, performance, and refinement, and today’s collectors cherish these magnificent automobiles for the same reasons. This 1104 Coupe Roadster is no exception. Recognized by the Classic Car Club of America as a Full Classic, it eligible for an enviable array of concours, shows, and touring events, or simply as a most satisfying motorcar for casual weekend outings.
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Stock number 7634
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