1931 Packard 840 Convertible Coupe - SPECTACULAR! See VIDEO TEST DRIVE 1931 Packard 840 Convertible Coupe - SPECTACULAR! See VIDEO TEST DRIVE Click image to enlarge
Description 1931 Packard 840 Convertible Coupe - With Unique '32 Factory Upgrades!
Listed on behalf of Monte Shelton
Car number: 479-143 • Frame number: 191094 • Engine number: 191021
(Note: This is a very detailed listing of a very special car. Please take your time to read in-full, and view the accompanying video for all the details. Thank you.)
In 1931, America was in the depths of the Great Depression. Luxury car sales were at a low, with Packard producing just 194 of their 840 Model Deluxe 8 Rumble Seat Convertible Coupes on the 140 wheelbase. With a price of $3,595 (at a time when the average household annual income was $1,790), few could afford such luxury.  By the end of 1931, with the new 9th Series 1932 models on the way to showrooms, Packard offered dealers the opportunity to upgrade any remaining 1931 models in their inventory with the new 1932 trim. This included adding a 1932 radiator with V-shaped grille and stone guard, V-shaped headlight bar, 9th Series hood with 4 vent doors, double-bar bumper and dual tail-lights. (Please see Packard factory letter in the photo section outlining this offer to dealers.) In addition, this car was equipped with the seldom-seen, rear-mounted spare tire option, making a truly sporty package, and no doubt unique.
With the factory upgrades in-place, this car was delivered on February 19, 1932 to the State of Maine. While the early history of the car is unknown, it eventually made its way to California where it recently received a full frame-off restoration to the highest level, over a 10 year period. The car was taken completely apart and stripped to bare metal. Wood was replaced. The engine and drivetrain were fully rebuilt by Custom Auto Service In Santa Ana, California, one of the foremost Packard rebuilders in the world. Everything was done right, by Packard marque experts. A beautiful oxblood colored leather interior was created, matching the original patterns and style. Tan Haartz cloth convertible top with oxblood leather piping. All chrome was re-plated. The car was recently fully painted by Tom Black of Portland, who is one of the finest classic automobile painters in the world. Correctly finished with Packard Blue body, black fenders and beltline, and oxblood maroon pinstripe (to match the interior.) It is absolutely stunning from every angle.
The car now shows 300 miles since completion. I have personally driven this car and it runs and drives beautifully. Engine runs whisper-quiet at idle. Smooth acceleration and legendary Packard torque and power. This is the big Super 8 engine: 384 cubic inches, 9 main bearings, 120 Horsepower. Packard's top-of-the-line 8 cylinder engine in 1931/32. Rebuilt 4-speed manual transmission shift crisply. 19 disc wheels with excellent wide whitewall tires. 4-wheel mechanical brakes stop this 4,523 pound work of art smooth and straight. Auxiliary electric fuel pump added. All restoration receipts are included.
This Packard is truly a pleasure to drive. Whether in-town or on a country road on a summer day with the top down and friends in the rumble seat; or on a crisp spring or fall day with the top up and windows rolled up for snug touring for two in the front compartment, you will be assured of the luxurious ride that only a classic Packard can give, along with the smiles of passersby wherever you go.
Please take 5 minutes and watch the test drive video, for a full look and feel of this wonderful Packard.
Records show 5 known 1931 840 Convertible Coupes remaining today. This is the only one with the 1932 factory trim upgrade, making it unique. Truly a one-off car. It is recognized as a Full Classic® car by the Classic Car Club of America and qualifies for all CCCA shows, tours and events. Of course it would also be welcome at Packard Club and Packards International events. While it has not been shown, this car will certainly offer the new owner the opportunity to garner top awards in concours judging anywhere. (Yes, it is that good.)
If you are looking for a unique classic Packard, restored to the highest level and ready to show or go anywhere, this is the one. A realistic reserve has been placed on this car in keeping with its rarity and quality. Please bid accordingly.
Thanks for looking and GOOD LUCK!
VIDEO TEST DRIVE TOUR: Please go to: here
  Click on images, below to enlarge detail. Payment We gladly sell to buyers WORLDWIDE. Winning bidder please contact us within 24 hours of auction close. A deposit of $2000 is due via PayPal at that time. Vehicle deposits are non-refundable, per PayPal and eBay policy. Balance due in certified U.S. funds via bank wire transfer within 7 days of auction close. We do not accept overseas bank drafts or cashier's checks. Vehicle has a clear title and is being sold by the owner, with our assistance. Please call David at 503-309-7729 between 9am and 9pm Pacific Time with any questions. Thank you. Shipping Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer and not included in the auction price. Vehicle must be picked up within 14 days of payment, unless other arrangements have been made. Note that vehicle will be shipping from the Portland, Oregon area (Northwest coast of the U.S. between Seattle and San Francisco) with easy access to interstate highways (I-5: north-south, and I-84 east). We will gladly assist your carrier with loading. Terms of Sale Please ask all questions before bidding. Your personal inspection is invited before the close of the auction. Only you know if the vehicle is right for you. All descriptions are based upon information provided by the seller and our own personal inspection of the vehicle. Obviously, with any collector vehicle there are internal areas that cannot be inspected, but the description is based upon the seller's representations and our observation of the vehicle. For that reason, the vehicle in this listing is being sold as-is with no warranties of any kind expressed or implied. Mileage listed is that showing on the odometer and unless otherwise noted, cannot be verified due to the age of the vehicle. Mileage of vehicles over 10 years old is considered exempt by the State of Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. By participating in this auction, the bidder agrees to these terms. About Us Charvet Classic Cars assists sellers (all of whom are my personal friends) to find new appreciative homes for their special vehicles. I personally inspect each vehicle. I take the photographs and videos personally. It allows me to represent the vehicle accurately and answer any questions you may have about it. I have been an eBay seller with 100% positive feedback since 1998, and involved with classic cars for many years. I like these cars as much as you do! If you e-mail or call with questions, you will receive my personal attention and knowledge to help you make an informed decision. State of Oregon Dealer #DA4114. Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Thank you - David Charvet
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“Gorgeous, full frame-off restoration.”
Year: 1931 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 191094
Mileage: 53,791 Number of Cylinders: 8
Make: Packard Transmission: Manual
Model: 840 Convertible Coupe Body Type: Convertible
Trim: SPECTCULAR! See VIDEO TEST DRIVE Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Engine: 384 c.i. Straight 8. 120 HP Vehicle Title: Clear
Drive Type: RWD Options: Convertible, Leather Seats
Fuel Type: Gasoline Sub Model: - SPECTACULAR! See VIDEO TEST DRIVE
For Sale By: Dealer Exterior Color: Packard Blue
Drive Side: Left-hand drive Interior Color: Oxblood red leather