1930 Packard 734 Runabout Vehicle Profile

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

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Runabout
Engine #: 184092
Sold for $1,765,000 at 2019 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island.
Packard unveiled the 734 Speedster in 1930 and was the brainchild of Col. Jesse Vincent, Packard's vice president of engineering. Essentially a factory hot rod, it was built atop a shortened and narrowed DeLuxe Eight chassis, and equipped with 19-oinch wheels, finned brake drums, high-speed rear end, and a tuned 385 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine. Featuring an optional high-compression head, a Detroit Lubricator carburetor, hemispherical combustion chambers, and ribbed exhaust manifold, the Speedster offered an impressive 145 horsepower. This made the Packard 734 the most powerful American car available to the public in 1930, behind the Duesenberg Model J.

The Packard 734 Speedster could achieve 60 mph in second gear and had a top speed that exceeded 100 mph.

The Packard 734 was offered in five distinct body styles including the Runabout, Phaeton, Victoria, Sedan, and Roadster.

In 1929, Colonel Jesse Vincent had a one-off speedster constructed to prove the benefits of a lightweight vehicle mated to a potent powerplant. The result was a car that could exceed 109 mph, which was an astonishing accomplishment at the time. Alvan Macauley, the Packard chief at the time, was impressed, and commissioned the 734 Speedster Series.

This example is a Speedster Runabout with a boat tail rear end. Building in this configuration reduced the overall weight of the vehicle by around 455 pounds. Under the hood, the stock 106 horsepower engine was given a twin throat carburetor, high compression head, and a finned exhaust manifold, among other improvements. The result was an increase from 106 to 145 bhp.

This Runabout has body number 442-23 and was sold new to A. McClure 'Mac' Halley of Brooklyn, New York. In period, the car was finished in a single dark color and outfitted with painted wire wheels, chromed spare covers, French-made Marchal headlamps, a radiator cap-mounted tachometer, a clip-on V-shaped radiator grille guard, running board footman loops, a monogram on the door, and a variety of auxiliary lights and horns.

At some time prior to WWII, Mr. Halley sold his 734 Speedster to Leo Pavelle of Mount Vernon, New York, who kept the car until 1942, when it was sold to Ralph Stein. Mr. Stein retained the car for about a year. The next owner was John Putch of Shreveport, Louisiana, who acquired it around 1948 from his local filling station and kept it for nearly two decades. In 1967, he sold the car to William Carney of Kansas, how later sold it to an owner in Wisconsin and then, in the mid-1970s, made its way to Southern California, where it joined Barry Hon's collection.

The Packard returned to the East Coast by 1981, when it was sold to Peter Bogren of Massachusetts, and then resided in the Grand Manor Classic Car Museum in Glen, New Hampshire, in the late 1980s. The next caretaker was Tom Hollfelder, who had the car displayed at the Packard International Grand Salon in 1990, where it was displayed in the Circle of Champions. He also drove it in the 1994 California Mille.

In 2001, Mr. Hollfelder sold the car at Christie's Pebble Beach Auction to Otis Chandler who put it on display at the Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife in Oxnard, California, until 2004. In 2004, it came into the care of its current caretaker, who entrusted the Packard to the tone Barn Automobile Restoration in Vienna, New Jersey, for a complete show-quality restoration. It was refinished in dark green, highlighted by tan leather upholstery and equipped with period Woodlite headlamps. The car made its post-restoration debut at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it captured First in Class C-1, American Classic Open 1925–1931.

In 2007 it won the Breitling Award for Timeless Beauty at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and First in Class at the 2009 Kirkland Concours d'Elegance.

Packard built just 113 examples of the 734 Speedster and just 39 were originally sold with the Runabout body. It is believed that just 18 Runabouts are known to survived, of which just eight are believed to exist today with essentially original bodywork and correct Speedster components.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2019


2019 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,700,000-USD $2,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,765,000

1930 Packard 734 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Eight Phaeton
Chassis#: 184100
Sold for USD$665,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout
Sold for USD$1,765,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Phaeton
Chassis#: 184065
Sold for USD$1,127,500
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout
Chassis#: 184100
Sold for USD$2,090,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard Speedster Eight Runabout
Chassis#: 184012
Sold for USD$165,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Phaeton
Chassis#: 184065
Sold for USD$975,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Boattail Runabout
Chassis#: 184089
Sold for USD$506,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout
Chassis#: 184089
Sold for USD$187,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard Model 734 Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: 184029
Sold for USD$181,500
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
 
1930 Packard Boattail Speedster
Sold for USD$99,000
  2010 Auctions America : Auburn Collector Car Auction
 
1930 Packard 734
Sold for USD$121,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Car Auction at Meadow Brook Hall
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout
Chassis#: 184089
Sold for USD$211,750
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1930 Packard 734's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1930 Packard 734 Speedster1840062017 Artcurial : Retromobile $350,000$450,000

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