This Packard is a recreation of the Packard Motor Car Company's factory rolling engineering test bed. In 1928 Packard's Chief Engineer, Col. Jesse Vincent commissioned and the Board of Directors authorized a speedster type car to be constructed in the Packard shops to be used as a test vehicle at the Packard Proving Grounds. Over the approximate ten year useful life of the car it was raced/tested in several different configurations.
This vehicle has been constructed to replicate the speedster in its Version II form. Sometime after the initial iteration there was an upgrade to the speedster via the removal and replacement of the 4th Series Super Eight radiator, radiator shell and bonnet. These items were upgraded using the then new style 7th Series radiator and bonnet (released for production in August, 1929). The differences being noted in that the radiator shell now possessed a cloisonne emblem featuring the Packard family coat of arms with a new style radiator cap, along with a set of thermostatically controlled radiator shutters attached to the newer series radiator.
The new style bonnet features two handles per side to aid in lifting the massive hood along with the addition of four chrome plated ventilating hood door knobs per side to activate the now spring loaded doors. These features as well as others have been verified through period photographs taken at the Proving Grounds by Packard's official factory photographers. One of these contemporary images shows flying ace Colonel Roscoe turner seated in the passenger seat of the speedster either just returning from or about to lap the test track.
Every attention to detail has been adhered to in recreating this version of one of Packard Motor Car Company's important vehicle milestones with many countless hours of research and correspondence performed before the project's commencement. The chassis (Standard Eight Model 626) as well as the engine and transmission (Super Eight Model 6-40/6-45) are all date coded via serial numbers to be correct for the era and the engine and transmission fall within the summer, 1929 time frame build.
Every component has been restored to as new condition inside and out using American made components (i.e. Timken bearings, etc.). The body is coach built - steel over a hardwood frame.
Please go to www.1929packard.com for a detailed technical description of the restoration/build process including various images.
Also, the Packard was featured on a segment of Jay Leno's Garage and the video can be viewed by going to www.youtube.com and entering in 1929 Packard in the search bar. Ours is usually the first video posted due to it having the most views in that category.
Happy to answer any and all questions! Thanks for viewing and good luck bidding.
|“Full restoration of all original components and new construction/fabrication where necessary.” |
| Year: || 1929 || VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): || 8185587537 |
| Mileage: || 67 || Number of Cylinders: || 8 |
| Make: || Packard || Transmission: || 3 SPEED Manual |
| Model: || Super Eight || Body Type: || BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER |
| Engine: || SUPER EIGHT || Warranty: || Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty |
| Drive Type: || RWD || Vehicle Title: || Clear |
| Fuel Type: || Gasoline || Exterior Color: || Black |
| For Sale By: || Private Seller || Interior Color: || Red |
| Drive Side: || Left-hand drive |