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1932 Packard Model 900 Light Eight news, pictures, specifications, and information
Convertible Coupe
 
The 1932 Packard 900 Light Eight Coupe-Roadster was produced for only one year, 1932. Its selling price ranged from $1,795 to $1,940. The engine was a L-head in-line 8, iron block, aluminum crankcase, rated at 319 cubic-inches, generating 110 horsepower. It has a three-speed transmission. The car weighed 3,990 lbs, with an overall length of the car is 195 inches.

The shovelnose grille is unique to the Light Eight. Other features include: parking and headlights have the Packard Yoke, ride control, windshield opens outward, ventilators in cowl and both kick panels, freewheeling vacuum clutch, golf bag door and rumble seats.
Convertible Coupe
 
James Ward Packard built his first automobile at Warren, Ohio in 1899. Detroiter Henry Joy became enthusiastically involved and moved the company there. His successor, Alvan Macauley, teamed with engineer Jesse Vincent to make Packard one of the finest automobiles in the world. Struggling to the end to build fine cars, the company was plagued by numerous problems, most significantly a poor merger. Although the marque name lasted until 1958, the last true Packard was built two years earlier.

The series 900 Packard was an attempt to deal with the depression yet it still sold for nearly $1,800, an enormous amount in 1932. Although according for nearly half that year's Packard sales, it proved unprofitable due to design and manufacturing costs. Unique, and for Packard, racy in design, the 900 introduced many improvements that were carried forward. The beautiful lines of the car, alas, were dropped in 1933, making it unique and rare, even if one of the most beautiful factory bodies Packard produced.

This car was originally restored for the famous Harrah collection in 1963. Sold to a collector after Harrah's death, it languished in a museum in St. Louis until bought by its present owner. It remains his favorite driver although he makes no pretense that it is a 'show car.'
Sedan
 
'In presenting its Light Eight, Packard now adds a new fine car at a new low price to the distinguished line of famous Packard Eights. Lighter in weight through engineering and manufacturing advances, this car is nevertheless ample in power, roomy in size, modern in beauty, replete with every device for comfort and convenience, and, Literally Packard in 'Body and Soul.' The 900 Series Light Eight was introduced in 1932 as Packard's attempt to survive the Great Depression. The engine is an eight-cylinder of 320 cubic-inches and 110 horsepower. The price was $1,795 to $1,940. Production was 6,785 units and accounted for over half of Packard's Sales. The Light Eight was only offered in 1932.
Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 191207
 
Throughout the 1910s and 1920s, Packards were among the elite in luxury automobiles. The company, along with Pierce-Arrow and Peerless, was one of the 'Three Ps' of American motorcar royalty. With the stock market crash in 1929 the auto industry was in trouble; the 900 Series Light Eight was built in 1932 as Packard's attempt to survive the Great Depression. The shovel-nose grill is the feature that immediately identifies the Light Eight.

This Packard 900 Roadster was delivered on February 28, 1933 by Berry Motor Car Company in St. Louis, MO. It came equipped with dual sidemounts with covers, dual sidemount mirrors, rear trunk rack with Packard trunk and fitted luggage, dual tail lamps, front fender parking lights, factory spotlight, dual horns, ride control, oil filter, heater, cigar lighter, glove box clock and outside wind wings.

It was given a total restoration that was completed in October of 1985. It was shown at the Classis Car Club of America Grans Classics on July 12, 1986, where it scored 99.5 points for a first place. It was shown again on the July 9, 1988, at Grand Classic, where it scored 99.5 and won a Senior Badge. In 2012, the restoration was freshened up as needed and shown on the lawn at Pebble Beach in August 2013. . In January 2014, it was a feature car for the Arizona Concours d'Elegance.
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