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1934 Packard 1104 Super Eight news, pictures, specifications, and information

Victoria
Designer: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 76765
Engine Num: 753696
 
Sold for $253,000 at 2006 Gooding & Company.
Packard produced their first automobile in 1898 from their factory in Warren, Ohio. James Doud Packard managed the finances while James Ward Packard oversaw production. Within a few years, the company moved to Michigan to be closer with their Detroit-area businessman and customers.

By 1923 the company had created their first straight-eight cylinder engine which would be used to power their vehicles in 1924. The engine was an L-head design with an integral crankcase and cylinder block. 85 horsepower was capable of being produced from the 357.8 cubic-inch unit.

By 1934, the engine had evolved considerable. Displacement had increased to 384.8 cubic-inches which produced 145 horsepower. Braking power was provided by four-wheel drums operated by a system of cables. The suspension was comprised of semi-elliptic leaf springs and sold axles.

This 1934 Packard Model 1104 Super Eight Victoria with chassis number 76765 has body number 767. It is a five-passenger Victoria which was factory-built to a Dietrich design. When new, the car sold for $3640. It was offered for sale at the 2006 Gooding & Company Auction held in Pebble Beach where it was estimated to sell for $250,000-$300,000.

Since new, it has been treated to a complete restoration and the recipient of AACA and CCCA National Awards. It is finished in bright medium blue with apple green wheels, inner body panels and undercarriage. The interior has dark blue leather trim with matching carpets. The top canvas is tan.

At auction the car found a new owner, selling for $253,000.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007
Coupe Roadster
 
This 1104 Super Eight Packard wears a Coupe Roadster body and has never been restored. It has recently been removed from its resting place, in dry storage, where it had been for around three decades. It is painted green. It is believed that a re-paint was done in the Forties. It rides on wire wheels and there are dual enclosed sidemounted spares.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2008
Coupe Roadster
Chassis Num: 759143
 
High bid of $185,000 at 2009 RM Auctions. (did not sell)
Sold for $178,750 at 2009 RM Auctions.
This Series 1104 Super 8 Packard was entered by Dr. Barbara Atwood in the 1985 Great American Race. This re-enactment was to honor the Packard Model F Runabout that traveled from San Francisco to New York in June of 1903. This amazing accomplishment took 61 days. The Atwood Racing Team drove on modern highways and managed to outpace the other 30 cars in the race.

The car is currently in the same configuration as when it was entered in the 1985 Great Race. Power is from an L-head inline eight-cylinder engine capable of producing 385 cubic-inches and produces 145 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission and four-wheel mechanical brakes.

In 2009, this Coupe Roadster was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Arizona auction presented by RM Auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona. The lot was estimated to sell for $160,000-$220,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for the sum of $178,750, including buyer's premium.

In 2009, it was brought to RM Auctions 'Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook' where it was estimated to sell for $225,000-$275,000. As bidding came to a close, the lot failed to sell after reaching a high bid of $185,000.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009
Victoria
Designer: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 76722
 
Sold for $264,000 at 2009 RM Auctions.
Packards twelve cylinder cars were originally known as the 'Twin Six'. It was a 60-degree V12, with two blocks of six cylinder set on an aluminum crankcase. It was designed by chief engineer Jesse Vincent, and gave the engine a displacement size of 424 cubic-inches. For 1916, this was the sole engine offered by Packard. Packard offered two wheelbase sizes, one that measured 125-inches and the other was larger, at 135-icnhes. Of course, a myriad of bodystyles were available, ranging from $3,050 to $5,150. This combination was well received by buyers, and sales reflected. Packard outsold its nearest luxury competitor (Pierce-Arrow), by four-to-one in its introduction year.

In the early 1920s, Packard offered a slightly less expensive version of the Twin Six. It was referred to as Single Six, Light Six or Series 116. It was an economical version and had a lower cost of manufacture.

For 1924, Packard replaced their Twin Six with a straight eight. This nine-main bearing unit was called the Single Eight. This Packard would serve the company for the next thirty years. Instead of using two fours mated end-to-end, it was one four in the middle of another, all cast en block. This resulted in a then-unusual firing order, but much reduced vibration. Crankshaft throws at the ends were at 90 degrees to those in the middle. Lighter by 350 pounds than the Twin Six, it developed ten percent greater horsepower and 20 percent better economy.

Another new feature to the mid-1920s Packards was the use of four-wheel brakes. Again, the public responded with sales exceeding 8,000, better than any Twin Six since 1917.

As the Great Depression came into sight, it immediately became clear that the luxury car market would suffer as the pool of potential buyers quickly dwindled.

On August 21 of 1933, Packard introduced its new Eleventh Series cars. They would remain in production through the following August when the Twelfth Series, 1935 cars were launched. The three models (Eight, Super Eight, and Twelve) were available in three wheelbases. In total, there were 41 different combinations of engines, wheelbases and body styles. To add to the diversity, there were 17 'catalog customs' bodied by coachbuilders LeBaron and Dietrich.

The Eleventh Series cars were given new fender contours that curved downwards nearly to the front bumper. Other changes included new radiator caps, hood door handles, better upholstery, and a fuel filler integrated into the left tail lamp. Mechanical changes included a new oil cooler and an oil filter.

This Super Eight Convertible Victoria was purchased by Dr. Atwood from Steve Babinsky in November of 1990. It is painted in medium gray, has an integrated 'bustle' trunk, dual sidemounts, and an accessory trunk rack behind the built-in luggage compartment. There is a tan canvas top with gray piping. The interior is done in gray leather with matching carpet and the odometer reads just 79,488 miles.

In 2009, this Series 1104 Packard was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Arizona auction presented by RM Auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona. The lot was estimated to sell for $200,000-$275,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for the sum of $264,000, including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
Phaeton
 
This is the lowest-numbered 1934 Packard 1104 Super Eight Seven Passenger Phaeton. It sold for $129,250 at the 2006 Christies Auction at the 2006 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009
Coupe Roadster
Chassis Num: 75935
Engine Num: 752262
 
Sold for $154,000 at 2009 RM Auctions.
This Coupe Roadster wears an older restoration but is reported to be in great mechanical condition. It has a new boot cover and new pile carpeting. The complete ownership history is unknown.

In 2009, this Super Eight was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $150,000 - $200,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $154,000, including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2009
Phaeton
 
This Packard Model 1104 Phaeton rides on a wheelbase that measures 142 inches and is powered by a 385 cubic-inch straight-eight engine producing 145 horsepower. In 1934, the car sold for $3090. It is equipped with dual sidemounts, clock, cigar lighter, luggage rack and V-lensed headlamps.
By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
Phaeton
Chassis Num: 7IIIG
 
This 11th Series Packard Eight is powered by a 319 cubic-inch L-head eight-cylinder engine delivering 120 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. The Tenth Series Packard introduced new X-braced frames, along with driver-adjustable power brakes, downdraft carburetion, automatic chokes and dual-coil ignition. Styled was also updated with new, skirted fenders and a V-shaped radiator shell sourced from the 1932 Twin Six. There were new features inside as well, such as the new dash and updated trim.

This example is original and unmodified. The interior has been reupholstered and at some point the electrical system was upgraded to 12-volt operation. The rest of the car is remarkably original. The car was once the personal vehicle of Elisabeth Ireland Poe, know as Pansy, who owned the Pebble Hill Plantation near Thomasville, Georgia.

In 2010, this Model 1102 was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $60,000 - $80,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $79,750, including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
Phaeton
 
By 1934, Packard sales had slowed considerably as the American economic depression continued. The Company's Eight far outsold the more expensive Super Eight and Twelve.

The Super Eight phaeton was a true luxury purchased. By 1934, closed cars dominated the automotive marketplace and open cars, such as this phaeton were purchased strictly as seasonal 'touring cars' by those who could afford them.

This Packard claims a 'Hollywood connection.' It was purchased in 1949 by motion picture actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who owned it for many years. The current owner acquired the car several years ago in Oregon and drove it back to its new home in Michigan.
Victoria
Designer: Dietrich
Engine Num: 752927
 
Sold for $225,500 at 2013 RM Auctions.
In 1899, James Ward Packard debuted his first automobile. During the birth of the automobile, there would be many would-be automobile moguls. By the 1930s, however, the list of early contemporaries had fallen by the wayside. The Packard remained and was considered among 'the best' in American and the world. They featured industry-leading mechanical refinements, elegant appointments, and stunning good looks.

The 1934 Packards (the Eleventh Series) were the final models with traditional open fenders, albeit gently skirted, and the upright radiator shell for which the company had become well-known.

The 1104 Super Eight chassis rested on a 142-inch wheelbase and rode on balloon-like 7.50 x 17 tires. A Ride Control lever allowed the driver to adjust the resistance of the hydraulic shocks from soft to hard. Regulator monitors under the hood controlled oil temperature, allowing the use of the same viscosity lubricant year-round. They had a larger pump, the first full-flow oil filter, and an oil pressure regulator.

The exterior designs were elegant and traditional, with the deeply vee'd radiator shell that were mimicked in the lenses of the Packard Twelve-style headlamps and parking lamps.

This vehicle wears a Raymond Dietrich Convertible Victoria body and was originally delivered by Earle C. Anthony's Packard dealership in downtown Los Angeles. It is finished in two-tone maroon, with a black victoria top. There are no rear quarter windows, which provides additional privacy to the rear seat passengers along with giving a uniquely elegant appearance. The car has Packard twelve bumpers, wide whitewall tires, metal-covered side-mount spare tires, and chrome rearview mirrors. There is also a rear-mounted folding luggage rack, which holds an original Packard trunk with three fitted suitcases.

Inside, there is a tan leather interior with burled wood trim, a six-gauge control panel, and dual glove boxes.

This car has a CCCA Senior Badge, number 2905. It was displayed at the 2009 Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic at Hickory Corners where it scored 99.75 points for a First Prize in the Primary Production 1933-1936 Division. It was also on display at the 2009 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2013
Club Sedan
Chassis Num: 756-319
Engine Num: 753896
 
Sold for $88,000 at 2013 RM Auctions.
This Packard is a Club Sedan and was the 319th of 325 produced on the 142-inch wheelbase Super Eight chassis. It was originally delivered to Brooklyn, New York and has a history that can be traced back to 1950, with the ownership in the Empire State and Florida. Its most prominent owner was John Hogg III, who owned the car for some 25 years before its acquisition by the current caretaker.

The car has been cosmetically and mechanically looked after over the years but has never been restored. The body was repainted some years ago. The interior is original, with the exception of the upholstery on the front seat. The engine was rebuilt some 15,000 miles ago, with a more recent generator rebuild, and the transmission has been fitted with an electric overdrive.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013
The Packard Motor Company relied on making luxurious cars that were highly refined, fitted with luxurious coachwork, and powered by proven engineering. This belief had placed them among the elite in the auto industry during the early 1900s. As the world entered the Great Depression, the Packard Company was one of the few that managed to survive. In fact, they outsold all of their competitors combined. They had entered the Depression in excellent financial health and they emerged with strong financial footing. But the post depression era had them worried, as the number of potential buyers had dwindled as fortunes were lost. Production had dropped nearly half each year when compared with the previous, from 1929 to 1933. In response to the decline, Packard continued to make improvements each year.

In 1932, Packard introduced their Ninth Series. It featured many improvements which helped segregate it from other automakers in the industry. Improvements included a revised steering geometry which made steering smooth and easy. Braking was equally as easy thanks to the new driver adjustable power assisted braking system. The shifting action and clutch were improved making driving a very enjoyable activity. The drivers workload was eased even further with the spark advance and automatic choke.

By making these changes they attracted a growing segment of buyers and drivers - woman.

The 1933 Packard's were called the Tenth Series cars as the company still refused to adopt the convention of the model year system which called for new cars to be introduced in September or October to coincide with the auto show schedules. The following year, the reluctantly joined with other manufacturers which resulted in a shorted run for the tenth series, lasting just seven months. The new Packard model line was introduced in the fall. Because of the seven month production lifespan of the Tenth Series, very few were produced making them very rare in modern times.

The Tenth Series were given a new X-braced frames, dual coil ignition, and downdraft carburetors. The styling was updated with skirted fenders and a 'V'-shaped radiator shell. The interior featured upgraded trim and a new aircraft inspired dash.

Packard continued to offer three chassis, the Eight, Super Eight, and the Twelve. The Super Eight and Twelve both rested on a wheelbase that measured 142-inches and had a hood that was nearly six-inches longer than the Eight. The fenders were longer as well.

The bodies on the Twelve's and Super Eight were interchangeable, with the Super Eight featuring an eight-cylinder engine while the Twelve featured a twelve cylinder engine. During this time, Packard also produced the Eight, which had a smaller wheelbase size and the eight-cylinder engine. The Super Eight and Twelve differed by interior appointments and engine size. The bodies were constructed of wood and steel.

In 1936 Packard was producing their Fourteenth Series as the number thirteen had been skipped. It is believed that thirteen was not used due to superstitious reasons. The Fourteenth Series was the last year for Bijur lubrication, ride control, a semi-elliptic suspension, mechanical brakes, heavy vibration dampening bumpers and the 384.4 cubic inch straight eight engine. It was also the last year for the option of wire or wood wheels.

In 1936 the fourteenth series received a new radiator which was installed at a five-degree angle. The Super 8 had a new sloped grille with chrome vertical bars which gave the vehicle a unique look and served as thermostatically controlled shutters which opened or closed based on engine heat. The headlight trim, fender styling, and hood vents saw minor changes. A new Delco-Remy ignition system was the new updates for 1936 under the bonnet.

For 1936 there were a total of 1,492 Super Eights constructed.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
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