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In 1923, Packard began using a 'series' number to designate each year's model line, a practice it continued into the 1950s. This 1934 Standard Coupe was introduced in 1931 and was powered by a 320-cubic-inch inline 8-cylinder engine producing 120 horsepower. Standard features included automatic Bijur chassis lubrication system and a fully synchromesh three-speed quick shift transmission.

The car is mounted on a 136-inch wheelbase, weighs 4,580 pounds and sold new for $2,640.
Convertible Coupe
 
Sold New in Beverly Hills
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.
The Model Eight Packard was a valuable and long-produced model for the Packard marque, though it carried various names throughout its production lifespan. By 1933 the Standard Eight was renamed to the Eight. It received a boost in horsepower to 120 thanks, in part, to the dual downdraft Stromberg carburetors. Standard wire wheels were now offered as standard equipment.

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
Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 378583
 
Sold for $176,000 at 2006 Worldwide Auctioneers.
The silver and red Packard shown with chassis number 378583 was offered for sale at the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction held on Hilton Head Island. It was expected to fetch between $175,000-$225,000. Its beautiful body sits atop a 142-inch wheelbase which is powered by a 445 cubic-inch V-12 engine that produces 160 horsepower. The average 4500-pound Packard Twelve could run from zero-to-sixty in just over twenty seconds. For 1934 Packard offered 11 semi-custom body-styles with the twelve-cylinder engine. The silver and red example has undergone a body-off-frame restoration. It has won its class at Meadow Brook. It has also been awarded a 1st in AACA, AACA Junior and AACA Senior. At the conclusion of the auction, the Packard 1101 Coupe had been sold for $176,000.

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
Convertible Coupe
 
The history of this 1934 Packard Standard B Roadster, according to one of its previous owners, is quite interesting. It seems that this car was a 'peace offering' to a wife from her husband, who had been unfaithful. She accepted the car in place of a divorce! The car was customized so that it would be more beautiful than just a Standard Roadster. This included an 'orangish red' paint job, along with chrome wire wheels as well as other chromed parts to make her car a little more 'special.' According to the wife, the car had a certain magical quality, and she and her husband lived happily together until his death. The couple's son dismantled the car many years later, but never completed the restoration. The car was purchased in 1991 by Vincent Finazzo, who meticulously restored it to its original specifications before recently selling it to its current owners.
Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 719203
 
Sold for $113,490 at 2009 Bonhams.
In the luxury car market, Packard accounted for 42.7% of the total sales. Cadillac and Lincoln were even worse off, but better than Marmon and Peerless as they called it quits in 1933. Pierce-Arrow was on its way to going out of business.

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
 
This 1934 Packard 1101 Eight Phaeton is the recipient of a recent restoration and is finished in deep blue with a black Hartz cloth top and blue interior.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2010
Convertible Coupe
 
For 1934, the Eight received a slight face-lift, but was quite similar to its 1933 counterpart. The wheelbase was lengthened to 136¼ inches. Ten different body styles were available including this convertible coupe. The Eight series was powered by Packard's inline eight that offered 120 horsepower.

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 Packard Eight Dual-Cowl Sport Phaeton is one of just 40 built. There were ten body styles available on the Eleventh Series Packard Model 1101, and all were on the intermediate 136.25-inch wheelbase.

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
Coupe
Chassis Num: 374783
Engine Num: 718-31
 
Sold for $92,400 at 2011 Worldwide Auctioneers.
Sold for $104,500 at 2012 Gooding & Company.
Sold for $106,700 at 2014 Barrett-Jackson.
The Packard 1101 was built on a 136.25-inch wheelbase which offered plenty of room for this 2/4 person coupe. The car cost its original owner $2,550 at base, and the accessories it wears of twin side mounts with covers, chrome wheel trims, side mirrors and trunk added another $100 or so. From 1934 a valve radio was offered as an option, which required a more heavy duty generator and the cars were re-worked to house this. The radio cost an additional $79.50.

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
Coupe
 
This 1934 Packard was purchased by the current owner's father in 1968 and he rode home in the rumble seat. The current owner purchased the car from his father in 2008. He had it restored in 2010 by Fran Roxas in Chicago. Every effort was made to restore it to factory specifications.

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.'
Coupe
Chassis Num: 71889
 
Packard introduced the Series 1101 Eight in August of 1933. Less than 300 examples 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 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
Convertible Sedan
 
This 1934 Packard Convertible Sedan was the fifth car delivered from the factory. It has an original brass Dietrich body tag under the passenger seat. In this era, the convertible sedan and convertible Victoria bodies were built by Dietrich on contract from Packard. At the time, Dietrich was owned by the Murray Body Company who also did work for Lincoln, REO and others. The Packard keepers only have records for ten of these cars in existence today.

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.
Convertible Victoria
Chassis Num: 727-42
Engine Num: 376305
 
Sold for $198,000 at 2013 RM Auctions.
This Series 1101 Convertible Victoria was delivered by W.H. Collins Inc., the Hollywood dealer, on November 18, 1933. Though undocumented, it is believed that this car was owned new by Academy Award-winning, Canadian-American actress Marie Dressler. Sadly, she passed away in the summer of 1934 after a brief battle with cancer. The Packard was then believed to have been inherited by her maid of 20 years, Mamie Cox, and her husband, Jerry, the family butler.

The Packard was acquired by the Milhous Collection in the early 1970s where it would remain for over three decades. It was given a restoration in the mid-1970s and shown at the Pebble Beach Concours in 1975 where it was awarded Best of Show. The car has also earned a Classic Car Club of America National First. In all, the car would earn seven total Best of Show awards in eight concours and car show appearances.

The car is painted Butterscotch with brown moldings and pinstriped in orange. The interior is upholstered in brown leather and the floor has brown carpet. Currently the odometer shows some 63,500 miles. Features include Trippe driving lights, and a rear-mounted accessory trunk with fitted luggage.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013
Convertible Coupe
 
Packard abandoned all reason in 1934 with a total overkill of new models. It offered no fewer than 55 body styles including catalog customs from Dietrich and LeBaron. Despite the proliferation of models, Packard produced an even 8,000 cars for 1934, of which 5,120 were the entry level model Eight powered by the firm's 319 cubic-inch, 120 horsepower straight-eight. Packard used the coupe-roadster designation on convertible coupes despite the fact that the car had roll-up windows and a snug-fitting, weather-tight top. Built on a 136.25 inch wheelbase, Model 1101 Packards were available in 10 different body styles.

This example wears a two-tone green paint scheme. For Packard's elite clientele, Packards encouraged its buyers to provide them with various items, including articles of clothing (such as gloves and scarves), to which paint colors were matched, often-times making for flamboyant and flashy combinations.
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