For 1931, Packard built just 626 examples of the Super Eight. This Sport Phaeton is one of those examples, produced during the abbreviated 1931 production run and benefits from the 1932 upgrade kit. (Packard offered to dealers to upgrade unsold 1931 models with the 1932 attractive features.) The upgrade kit included externally mounted horns, large bumpers, twin taillights, headlights that replicate the unique Packard radiator shape and a V-shaped radiator shell. This new V-shaped grille was Packard's first departure from the flat radiator of the years past.
This Sport Phaeton is fitted with chrome-plated wire wheels, a rear tonneau windshield, a stone guard, fender-mounted marker lamps with integral rear view mirrors, wind wings, dual rear-mounted spare tires, and dual windshield-mounted spotlights. It wears an older high-point frame-off restoration and has been well taken care of and seen little use since that time. It is painted in two-tone paint finish with a brown convertible top with leather binding, and chocolate brown leather interior.
This Model 840 Super Eight Sport Phaeton is powered by a 384.8 cubic-inch L-head eight-cylinder engine offering 120 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel mechanical brakes.
In 2009, this Super Eight was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $120,000 - $160,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $121,000, including buyer's premium.