The 'senior' Custom Eight models were offered by Packard in no fewer than nine body styles. The list included Tourers, Roadsters, Convertible Coupes, and Limousines. Coahcbuilders such as Rollston, LeBaron, and Dietrich applied their craft to this mighty platform.
By mid-1928, with the introduction of the Sixth Series, Packard offered only eight-cylinder engines. The eight-cylinder, L-head powerplant was available in two sizes, a319 cubic-inch unit that produces 90 horsepower and the 385 cubic-inch unit that offered 105 bhp. The Standard Eight series were fitted with the smaller eight-cylinder engine and built atop a wheelbase that measured 126.5-inches. An optional 133.5-inch size was available. The Custom and Deluxe Eight models rode on a 140.5-inch and 145.5-inch wheelbase respectively.
This 1929 Packard Custom Eight Dual Cowl Phaeton Model 640 has been given a full restoration. It has a tan body, brown fenders and body trim, red leather interior, and a beige canvas top. It is equipped with a pair of Trippe driving lights, and dual side-mount spares and spotlights.
In 2008, this Model 640 DC Phaeton was offered for sale at the 'Sports & Classics of Monterey' presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $120,000 - $165,000 and offered with a reserve. Those estimates were proven accurate as the lot was sold for $132,000 including buyer's premium.Also photographed at :