Classic American

1930 Packard DeLuxe Eight 745 Convertibl­e Sedan

Estimate: $200,000 – $300,000 Not sold. Asking $170,000

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Throughout the Twenties, the Packard name was synonymous with wealth and prestige, and by 1930 it was the top-selling luxury car brand in the US. The Packard Eight was produced from 1930 through 1938 and in 1930, it was offered in three models, the 733, 740 and 745, which designated its wheelbase, from shortest to longest. These models came in various body styles, with the most luxurious custom coachwork usually fitted to the longest wheelbase, the 745 Deluxe.

The Seventh Series Packards of 1930 featured a single flowing fender line from the crown of the fender to the running board. Underneath the long and graceful bonnet was an eight-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. These Packards featured a Bijur chassis lubricatio­n system and four-wheel assisted mechanical drum brakes; amenities included a single centre driving lamp, white wall tyres, cowl-mounted spotlights, grille guard, wind wings and a single, rearmounte­d spare tyre. They had Watson Stabilator shock absorbers, thermostat­ic radiator shutters, shatter-proof laminated windows, a hypoid rear axle and new gauges. The engine offered 106 horsepower at 3200rpm, along with a substantia­l 350ft-lb of torque. Dual side-mounted spares were standard on the 745, an option on the 740.

The 745 Deluxe Eight was Packard’s top-ofthe-line offering in 1930 and was available in 11 semi-custom and individual factory bodies. For collectors today, the 1930 model remains especially coveted as Packard moved the cowl forward for 1931, which shortened the hood by five inches. This changed the appearance and balance of the finished car dramatical­ly, and as a consequenc­e, the long hood and near-perfect proportion­s of the 1930 Seventh Series remain highly collectibl­e today.

As a Deluxe Eight 745 with coachwork designed by Dietrich, this example, Packard

vehicle no. 181631, is an ideal specificat­ion and epitomises the perfectly balanced Seventh Series cars. Dietrich’s automotive experience began at Brewster & Co and continued through his partnershi­p with Tom Hibbard and their resultant LeBaron Carrossier­s, followed by the creation of Dietrich Inc.

Now known as one of the greatest designers in automotive history, Dietrich created some of the most elegant and beautiful bodies ever fitted to classic-era automobile­s. This example features ample chrome and a red body, with contrastin­g silver fenders over a tan interior.

These colours highlight the 1930 model’s perfect proportion­s and the masterful lines of Dietrich’s coachwork. This Packard is a real rarity with its top-of-the-line Deluxe Eight 745 chassis, the 1930 model’s attractive proportion­s and Dietrich’s sensationa­l coachwork.

Its convertibl­e sedan body style is both versatile and handsome, making it well suited to both touring events and shows.

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