1928 Packard 443 Eight news, pictures, specifications, and information
The model displayed here was Packard's big Eight for 1928 - the Model 443 Custom 8, with the long 143 inch wheelbase and the powerful 384 cubic-inch 8-cylinder engine. It has a road clearance of 8.75-inches, center jump seats, and a weight of 5045 pounds.
This vehicle has the big drum headlights with matching cowl lights, the combination motor-meter temp gauge and goddess of speed hood ornament, sporty wire wheels, side mounted spares, hood doors instead of louvers, and a long trim design.
This great Packard 443 is an outstanding example of the fine car craftsmanship, engineering and attention to detail that was the trademark of luxury automobiles of earlier times. It is still sound and dependable and will cruise elegantly and comfortably at 45 to 55 miles per hour.
In 1928, this was of the most expensive cars to purchase new in America. To own a brand new 1928 Packard 443 Sport Phaeton would cost $4,250.
Coachwork: Hibbard and Darrin
The Parisian Packard dealer, Monsieur Barbezat, sold a number of Hibbard & Darrin cars, including this car to an Argentinean National. The engine is a 386 cubic-inch Straight Eight. This Convertible Sedan is on a 143-inch wheelbase, has a divider window and is totally unrestored. Once car was built.
The car was sold in 1956 to Mr. Jake Nelson of Greenville, SC. At his death it was purchased by Henry Yeska and re-sold to a collector in Pennsylvania. Mr. Paul Ianuario located the car for Mr. Logan, the current owner, in 2004 and re-acquired the car after 48 years.
This car has been treated to a complete frame-off restoration that was done over the past four years and has been brought back to the original colors and with the original accessories. In 2008 it was brought to the Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance where it was awarded the coveted 'Best of Show' award.
Coachwork: Rollston & Company
This one-off town car was built by Rollston, Inc. and was built for the president of the Anaconda Copper Company of Pennsylvania. Though it was restored in 1984, it retains its original upholstery in the passenger compartment. Its previous owner kept the car for more than 40 years.
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