1934 Packard 1101 news, pictures, and information
The car is mounted on a 136-inch wheelbase, weighs 4,580 pounds and sold new for $2,640.
On October 13, 1902 the Packard Motor Car Company was established to succeed the Ohio Automobile Company as Packard's builder. The new company moved to Detroit the following year.
Approximately 30 years later, following a decade of straight-eight production, Packard introduced the Series 1101 Eight in August of 1933. Less than 300 were produced and only about ten percent survive today. Priced at $2,580 when new, this 11th series Packard example featured a 136-inch wheelbase, adjustable vacuum-assisted mechanical brake system, automatic chassis lubrication, adjustable shock absorbers ('Ride Control'), automatic choke and an engine oil system temperature regulator, literally a cooling chamber, which was novel for the automobile of the era.
This car was sold new by the Thompson Motor Company in Beverly Hills, California, which did not deliver it until June 12, 1935. A possible reason for this delay was that the dealership, whose unique custom lubrication tag is still affixed to the dash, used it as a demonstrator vehicle. The previous California owner enjoyed the car for nearly 40 years.
'Ask the Man who Owns One' - Originating in Warren, Ohio in 1899, production was moved to Detroit in 1903 and the company closed its doors in 1958.
Introduced in August 1933, less than 300 Packard 1101's were produced. The original price was $2,580 and equipment includes the technology of the day including 'Ride Control' - shock absorbers adjustable from the dash, Adjustable Vacuum-Assisted brakes, Automatic Choke, and Automatic Chassis Lubrication.
The engine is a 320 cubic-inch, straight eight that develops 120 horsepower.
|Dual Cowl Phaeton|
Chassis Num: 378984
|Sold for $187,000 at 2007 RM Auctions.|
Sold for $154,000 at 2011 RM Auctions.
These Tenth Series of cars were in production for only seven months, before they were replaced on August 21st of 1933 by the new Eleventh Series. The designs were very similar with the major improvements being to the vehicles mechanical components. These were necessary updates as the industry was constantly improving their products in an effort to remain in business during the difficult Great Depression era.
The Eleventh Series Packard included an oil temperature regulator which allowed for the use of the same oil viscosity number throughout the year. It regulated the temperature of the oil to suite the various driving conditions. The oil pressure could now be adjusted from outside the engine bay. The gas filler was built into the left rear taillight assembly. The engine now had a steel-back, babbit-lined crankshaft bearings.
The improvements to the design were more gradual. The 1934 Packard's had many design features that could be found on their siblings from prior years.
This 1934 Packard Eight Dual Cowl Phaeton was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars sale at Hershey, PA presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $140,000 - $180,000 and offered without reserve. It sold for slightly more than the estimates, settling at $187,000 including buyer's premium.
This is an 1101 Dual Cowl Phaeton that was given a complete frame-off restoration in the late 1970s. In 1979 it was won an AACA award. The restoration has held up well over time. It is painted in silver with dark red fenders and bright red wire wheels. The sand-colored top is equally in good condition.
Packard produced 5,210 Eights in 1934 with 34 being Phaetons.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
Chassis Num: 378583
|Sold for $176,000 at 2006 Worldwide Auctioneers.|
In 1932 Packard offered their Twin Six model which was basically two six-cylinder engines formed to make a 12-cylinder unit. Packard had poised this series to compete with the 16-cylinder Cadillac's and Marmon's. The 445.5 cubic-inch Packard engine produced 160 horsepower and was certified by the company to reach 100 mph. A certification signed by two-time Indy 500 winner Tommy Milton and the director of Packard's Proving Ground, Mr. Charlie Vincent, stated that the car had been driven 250 miles and met with Packard's standard of quality.
For 1933 Packard produced the Twelve Tenth-Series which was given an improved chassis. It was available in eleven body styles and sat atop a 142-inch wheelbase. The 147-inch wheelbase was reserved for custom coachwork. There was also eight Dietrich and LeBaron bodied Individual Customs.
In 1934 Packard introduced the Eleventh Series Twelve which were produced from 1933 through 1934.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
Chassis Num: 719203
|Sold for $113,490 at 2009 Bonhams.|
Packard's accomplishments were truly remarkable, but it amounted to only 8,000 cars and they were spread out over three different engines and five different chassis.
Raymond Dietrich had laid down the basic lines of Packard's cataloged and custom bodies while working for Murray Corporation subsidiary Dietrich, Inc. in the late Twenties. Ray Dietrich's concepts were embraced by Ed Macauley, appointed Packard's styling director in 1932 by his father Alvan Macauley, Packard's President. Alexis de Sakhnoffsky joined Packard as a part-time consultant through the early Thirties, contributing his own sense of form, flow and streamlining to the development of Packard coachwork, work which was implemented with talent and skill by Werner Gubitz.
Most of the Packard bodies were built in-house, as their extensive catalog of finely-styled designs satisfied the needs of most of their customers.
This 1101 Standard Eight Coupe Roadster is finished in two shades of cream with burnt orange wheels and upholstered in tan leather with a tan cloth top. There are dual side-mounted spares with mirrors, wide whitewall tires, a rumble seat for two additional passengers and a luggage rack. There are decorative chrome plated lock ring wheels.
The car wears an older restoration that has been subsequently renewed.
In 2009, this Packard 1101 Standard Eight Coupe Roadster was offered for sale by Bonhams Auction Company at the Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia at the Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel, Ca. The car was sold for $113,490 inclusive of buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2009
|Dual Cowl Phaeton|
Chassis Num: 389253
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2010
Among its features are synchromesh transmission, trunk rack, power assist brakes, dual side mounted spare tires, automatic chassis lube and an automatic choke.
This Packard was purchased new in Chicago by a Detroit doctor, who gave the car to his son in the 1950's. The current owner acquired it from the son's estate in 1977. The restoration was begun in 2006 and completed in June of 2010.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2011
|Dual-Cowl Sport Phaeton|
Chassis Num: 378984
This Sport Phaeton has been given a complete frame-off restoration in the late 1970s. It received AACA honors in 1979 and remains in very good condition with only minor evidence of aging. The interior is painted in deep red leather seats, paneling and matching carpets. The car is equipped with dual side-mount spares, wide whitewall tires, wind wings, dual chrome horns, spotlight, rear luggage rack and pelican hood ornament. The engine is a 319.2 cubic-inch eight-cylinder unit delivering 120 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes.
In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Amelia Island auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $140,000 - $180,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $154,000, including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2011
Chassis Num: 374783
Engine Num: 718-31
|Sold for $92,400 at 2011 Worldwide Auctioneers.|
Sold for $104,500 at 2012 Gooding & Company.
The car was delivered new to White Plains, NY on September 20th of 1933. Since then, the car has accrued only 49,724 miles. It was re-painted many years ago and is thought to be its original color scheme.
In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Quail Lodge presented by Bonhams auction. It was estimated to sell for $130,000 - $160,000. Bidding failed to satisfy the vehicle's reserve and it would leave the auction unsold.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2011
This vehicle weighs 4,580 lbs. and is fitted with a 120 horsepower eight-cylinder engine. The vehicle sold for $2,640 in 1934.
The most unusual feature on this car is the padded hard top roof. In 1934, Packard 'dressed up' the hard top coupes to make them look like a convertible and make them more salable during 'The Great Depression.'
Chassis Num: 71889
This 1934 Packard Eight Rumble Seat Coupe is a stylish Full Classic Car, with a rear-mounted continental spare and a 320 cubic-inch engine. When new, the car was ordered with a Super Eight hood, radiator and the larger lamps of that model. The exterior of the car is finished in correct Packard Green.
In 2012, this car was offered for sale at the Glenmoor Gathering Auction presented by Classic Motorcar Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $70,000 - $90,000.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2012
The car was delivered new in November 1933, to a dealership in Bryn Mawr, PA. During restoration, a book of gas rationing tickets was found under the seat dating back to 1942. A grandson of the owner at the time said the car was used as a flower car in the families' third generation of their funeral home business.
In March of 1999, the car was purchased a barn find by Find Christiansen of Burlington, Ontario, Canada who commissioned a complete restoration by Stone Barn of Vienna, NJ.
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|1934 Packard models|
|Packard 1100 Eight|
|Packard 1104 Super Eight|
|Packard 1105 Super Eight|
|Packard 1106 Twelve|
|Packard 1107 Twelve|
|Packard 1108 Twelve|
|Similarly Priced Vehicles from 1934|
|Pierce Arrow Model 840A ($2,805-$5,005)|
|Cadillac Series 30 ($3,295-$5,495)|
|Packard 1104 Super Eight ($3,000-$3,825)|
|Pierce Arrow 1240A Twelve ($3,255-$5,400)|
|Pierce Arrow Model 836A ($2,555-$2,775)|
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