1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight news, pictures, specifications, and information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis Num: 182411
Sold for $209,000 at 2006 RM Auctions.
The Packard 745 models were elegant cars that sat atop of a 145 inch wheelbase and were excellent specimens to receive custom coachwork. Delicately concealed under its long hood was a 385 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine that produced over 105 horsepower. The Packard 845 models of 1931 had the hood shortened by five inches and the cowl moved forward. This created more body space but it took away from the long and powerful appearance of the hood.

The Packard cars were catered to the wealthy with many selling for more than the typical house. This 1930 Packard 745 Convertible Sedan with chassis number 182411 is believed to be one of only two ever built. It has coachwork by Brewster & Company, a firm that was well known for their work on Rolls-Royce vehicles. The Brewster Company was formed in 1810 in New Have Connecticut and created coachwork for carriages. As the automobile grew in popularity, they gradually switched their business to accommodate these changes. By 1905 they were building bodies in New York city. By 1911 they had moved to larger facilities in Long Island City, New York. Three years later the company was working with Rolls-Royce, importing the chassis from England and creating custom designs for their customers. Rolls-Royce bought the company in 1925.

There were ten bodies built bearing the chassis numbers 1030 through 1039. This example shown is 1037. The other surviving example is 1033 and can be found on the west coast of the United States.

In 1995 it earned its CCCA Senior Award with a score of 99 points. It was offered for auction in 2006 at Meadow Brook by RM Auctions. It was estimated to fetch between $175,000 - $225,000. When all was said and done, it had found a new home for $209,000.
By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2011
Sport Phaeton
At the start of the Classic era, Packard was among the leading luxury marque. This all changed during the early years of the Great Depression, when Packard sales began to drastically decline. In 1930, the first year of the Depression, Packard sold ju  [Read More...]
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis Num: 182411
Sold for $209,000 at 2006 RM Auctions.
This is a very rare and highly desirable automobile, custom-built by Brewster, best known for coach work on Rolls-Royce chassis. The original owner is not known, but it was sold in Philadelphia in November of 1930. In 1966, the car joined the Andrew   [Read More...]
The Seventh Series Packards were introduced at the beginning of the Great Depression. Packard had prospered in the 1920s, but as fortunes changed sales began to decline. Very few 745 Roadsters were produced in 1930 as the 745 chassis was mainly used   [Read More...]
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Waterhouse
The Waterhouse Coachbuilding Company was formed by four men with diverse backgrounds but all had a love of automobiles. Amongst the group was a taxicab body manufacturer who had gone bankrupt, a stock broker who had studied at Harvard, an accountant   [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2011
Packard was the leading luxury marque at the start of the Classic era, but in 1930, the first year of the Great Depression, sold only 28,386 cars, down dramatically from 1929. Packard was one of the oldest car companies in America, with the first Pac  [Read More...]
The Model 745, the top of Packard's lineup, rode on a 145 inch wheelbase chassis and was powered by a 385 cubic-inch straight eight-cylinder engine producing 106 horsepower. It was priced at $4,885 and only 1,789 were produced.  [Read More...]
All-Weather Town Car
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 184676
Engine Num: 184633
Sold for $110,000 at 2011 RM Auctions.
Sold for $126,500 at 2014 RM Auctions.
In the 1930s, Alexander M. Lindsay Jr. purchased his wife, Anne, a Packard seventh Series All-Weather Town car, a factory-catalogued 'semi-custom' by LeBaron. The car remained with the Lindsays in Rochester, seeing little use, for over two decades, d  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 179463
The early 1930's were devastating for many marques and for Packard it was no different. The onset of the Great Depression meant that many manufacturers were left with few buyers and as a result many went out of business. The cars that Packard produce  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016
Many consider the Seven Series model 745 Deluxe Eight to be the ultimate Packard of the 1930s. With a wheelbase of 145.5-inch it provides an exceptionally smooth ride that has become a trademark of Packard.  [Read More...]
In 1929, before the Wall Street crash, more Americans held stock in Packard than in any other listed company, save for General Motors. Arguably, most of these shareholders didn't own a Packard, but nonetheless, recognized value and a smart investment  [Read More...]
Sport Phaeton
Chassis Num: 185699
Engine Num: 186153
Sold for $308,000 at 2015 RM Auctions.
This 745 Dual Cowl Phaeton has an eight-cylinder 384.8 cubic-inch engine producing 106 horsepower. It has original body wood and matching numbers on the chassis, engine and steering box. It was acquired by Harold Crosby in the 1960s. The next owner w  [Read More...]
A United States based brand of luxury automobiles, the Packard Motors Company was located in Detroit, Michigan.

Packard attempted to ride out the stock market crash at the beginning of the 1930's by marketing slightly less expensive vehicles than it had prior to October of 1929. Though they didn't have the luxury of a larger corporate structure that could absorb its losses, Packard did have a better cash position than other independent luxury marques.

Another advantage that Packard had that other luxury automakers didn't was their use of just one production line. Packard was able to keep costs down by maintaining a single line, along with inter-changeability between models. Since they didn't change their vehicles as often as other manufacturers did at the time, Packard instead chose to introduce new models annually.

In 1913, Packard began using their own Series formula for differentiating its model adaptations in 1913. Packard was heading into its Twentieth Series by 1942.

Packard automobiles were considered part of the 'Seventh Series' in 1930. On August 20, 1929, the Packard 745 was introduced. The 1930 Packard 745 Roadster had a 384.8 cubic inch, 106hp, straight-eight engine, and a long wheelbase at 145.5 inches. Wire wheels and the spotlight were both available options.

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