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1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight information
RM Auctions at Amelia Island, Fla
Convertible Victoria Waterhouse
Engine Num: 173560
Sold for $330,000 at
2007 Gooding & Company
High bid of $230,000 at
2011 RM Auctions.
(did not sell)
Sold for $154,000 at
2012 RM Auctions
1931 was a short year for Packard that officially came to an end on June 17th of 1931. There were only subtle changes to distinguish the 1930 Seventh-Series cars from the 1931 Eighth-Series cars. The hubcaps grew in size; the steering wheels had three spokes instead of four, sidelamps moved from the cowl to the front fenders.
Other changes included the engine; the 840 and 845 used the block from the 734 Speedster. This raised its previous 106 hp rating to 120 thanks to larger inlet and exhaust ports. A mechanical fuel pump replaced the vacuum tank.
The Waterhouse Company was in existence from 1928 to 1933 and was located in Webster, Massachusetts. Their craft was applied to marque's such as Rolls-Royce, Cadillac, DuPont, Lincoln, Packard, Stutz, Chrysler, Marmon and others. In total, 296 bodies of various configurations were created.
This 1931 Packard 840 Convertible Victoria with coachwork by Waterhouse was discovered and bought in Argentina in 1965 by car dealer Ed Jurist. The next owner was Packard collector Shelley Vincent III. While in Vencent's care, the car was professionally restored and then displayed at various Northeastern events. It garnered an Antique Automobile Club of America National First Place Award and won the Best of Show Belcourt Cup at the Newport, Rhode Island, Motor Car Festival.
There were only five examples of the Waterhouse Convertible Victoria built on the 840 and 845 chassis. Only two were 840s and both are still in existence. Parts of the reason for these low figures were Packard's abbreviated sales and production year.
Of the two Waterhouse 840s Convertible Victoria's still in existence, this one has twin spare tires mounted on the back, giving it greater length and sweep.
In 2007 this 840 Convertible Victoria was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA where it was estimated to sell for $325,000 - $400,000 and offered without reserve. As the gavel fell for the third and final time, this former Pebble Beach winner had been sold for the sum of $330,000 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008