VERY NICE, 320 STRAIGHT-8, 4 SPD MANUAL, RUMBLE SEAT, NEAR PERFECT INT, RUNS EXC
The famous slogan for Packard's quality was "Ask the man who owns one." Oddly, this 1930 Packard 733 is in such a superior class by its own today that you might never find a peer at car shows or concours events.
Packards have always been about providing premium motoring, and this one is true elegance on wheels. The bodywork, chrome grille, lights, and all other major components show signs that they were in the care of someone who knew that maintaining did not mean fidgeting. Black is impressive on a vehicle this size, especially when it covers the body so completely. But, the real reason why it's so stunning is the intricate gold pinstriping that helps highlight this car so well - it's even inside the solid metal wheels. The paint is part of an older restoration, which actually just gives it the kind of gloss that will make people mistake it for an extremely exceptional survivor. The coupe body has an impressive presence on a car this large, and Packard's 133.5-inch wheelbase was actually the short one for the Standard Eights! This style gives you the option of having a closed coupe when you want personal elegance, and then the foldable rumble seat is there for everything from extra friends, to a place of honor in parades. Packard even included the side compartment for your set of golf clubs. Best of all, all of the chrome trim intact and has an impressive shine, including the "goddess of speed" hood ornament.
Inside, the sumptuous interior has been restored to a very high level. The red leather seat is a pure attention-getter from the moment you simply open the doors, or open the rumble seat. It also coordinates nicely with the cherry wood on the dashboard giving this coupe an unparalleled elegance for its era. This kind of stylishness is repeated on the door with a combination of a wood and organic gray fabric, that also gets a touch of the bold red. There's even a retractable cigar lighter, which tells you the man who ordered this custom coupe was not yet feeling the effects of The Great Depression that would soon bring sales of premium cars like this to a trickle.
Lift the hood to understand why Packards were a car to envy. Power comes from Packard's durable, and reliable, 320 cubic inch straight-eight, and the green and gray block is so long it looks like it belongs in a locomotive. It still embodies all the precise tolerances, and impeccable engineering for which Packard was famous. Just like the exterior, this one has a very nice restoration that has the engine bay slightly aged to look like the ultimate pristine survivor. This powerplant is mated to a four-speed manual transmission, and the complete drivetrain is believed to be original. This is the era before synchromesh, but tall rear gears means you can drive this car about wherever you want without much double-clutching. In fact, compared to other cars of the era, this Packard is a joy to take around town thanks to its multi-functional taillight and four-wheel brakes.
A Packard was a sign of wealth and distinction when it was new, and the reputation has only grown as these elegant machines have become more rare. This one is a cut above, and even comes with documentation and paperwork such as the owner's manual. Finding another out there this complete, correct, and nice will be tough, and we know it one won't last in our showroom. Call today!!
- Leather Seats
- Owner's Manual
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Rear End
- 10 Bolt
- Front Suspension
- Leaf Spring
- Rear Suspension
- Leaf Spring
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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