The Packard Super 8 was produced from 1935 through 1939. There were several new introductions for the 1935 Packard such as to the steering, suspension, and more horsepower. The new bodies offered true envelope styling and for the first time, the cars were designed as a whole, with body, hood, fenders and running boards integrated into a single design.
The 1936 fourteenth series Packard's were largely carried over from the prior year. Several changes were added such as a new radiator which was raked back five degrees. This would be the final year for the 17-inch wire wheels and the traditional double blade bumpers with hydraulic dampers.
This example is an original five-passenger phaeton. It is one of just five or six known to have survived. Its first owner was Robert Woodward, an artist from Greenfield, Massachusetts. The car would stay in his care until his death in 1957. The car was then acquired by Roderic Blood who used the car as his fair-weather daily driver. In 1967 the car was sold to Mr. Sawyer of Gloversville, New York. It was sold shortly thereafter to Mr. Austin of Gouverneur, New York. It would remain in his care until 1982 when it was purchased by Manny Souza, who sold it to Jason Siegel. Mr. Siegel was a past president of the Florida region of the Classic Car Club of America. In 1990, Siegel began a ground-up restoration. The work required more than two years to complete. After completion the car was shown, earning both AACA National Firs Place and CCCA Senior awards.
The car remains in good condition in modern times. It is well-equipped with side curtains, top boot, optional wind-wings, correct Packard spot lamp, original Packard heater, and a Packard Goddess of Speed hood ornament.
In 2008 this 1936 Packard Super Eight Five-Passenger Phaeton was brought to RM Auctions 'Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook' where it was estimated to sell for $225,000-$275,000. Bidding reached $200,000 but was not enough to satisfy the reserve. The lot was left unsold.