Packard introduced their Ninth Series models on June 17th of 1931. They were longer, lower, faster, and more refined than in years past. The long chassis was based on a new 'double-drop' frame. The standard eight-cylinder engine displaced 320 cubic-inches and offered 110 horsepower. A redesigned air cleaner made the engine noise quieter and vibration was minimized with a jointed, rubber-mounted driveshaft and new rubber engine mounts. A four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox was originally installed as standard equipment but was replaced mid-year by a three-speed unit. Bijur chassis lubrication system remained, but the 40 lubrications point were now all oiled automatically. An adjustable shock absorbers system, known as 'Ride Control', allowed the driver a select one of three settings for the desired ride quality. To activate the system, a plunger near the driver's left knee controlled the amount of oil that was sent to the shock absorbers.
This example is a 1932 Packard Eight Phaeton Model 902 that has never been completely restored, nor has the body ever been removed from the frame. It was, at some point, repainted to its current black livery. There is red pin-striping, chrome, and a tan convertible top. There are dual fender-mounted accessory lights, dual side-mounted spare tires with chrome-plated rearview mirrors, driver's side spotlight and wind wings, and dual tail-lights. In the rear is a luggage rack.
The interior is black vinyl upholster and matching tan carpeting. Mounted under the bonnet is a eight-cylinder engine that displaces 320 cubic-inches and produces 110 horsepower.
In 2008, this car was brought to the 2nd Annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $90,000-$110,000. Bidding reached $82,500 which was enough to satisfy the vehicles reserve. The lot was sold.