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1930 Packard 734 Runabout Vehicle Profile

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

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By 1930 the 734 Speedster Series was a full line of cars. The specially designed short, narrow, and lower bodies were built in Packard's own new custom body shop located right on the plant site on East Grand Boulevard. These specially built Speedster bodies and the individual customs on the longer chassis were built in this shop; they carry a black and red body plate on the lower right cowl.

The Speedster Series used 745 components in conjunction with its own specially designed bodies. In the engine compartment was a new breed of Packard. Its exhaust manifold was a separate unit mounted at 45-degrees and finned. It had a large vacuum booster and a dual-throat Detroit Lubricator carburetor, along with a special camshaft and valving.

The brake drums were also finned, for cooling, and it had an optional 3.31 or 4.66 gear ratio.

The 734 Speedster was offered as a Boattail, a Phaeton, a Sedan, a Victoria Coupe, and later, as a Roadster. A total of only 150 734 Speedsters, in all body styles, were sold, and the world economy was sinking further into the Great Depression. Packard discontinued the Speedster Series for 1931.

The very first Speedster was a Club Sedan with a custom body executed for Alvan Macauley. It is estimated that there were a total of 39 Speedster Boattails originally built, of which only eleven are known to survive.

This example is body number 442-5 and engine number 194005, and was originally restored by William Dale, in 1867. It was owned for a number of years by the Rick Carroll Collection, in Florida.

Packard made a line of extremely unusual cars - the 734 Speedster was designed to be a factory hot rod, with higher performance, higher top speed, lower weight, and sporting bodies. Production is estimated at only 113 to 118 cars, with only 26 surviving examples in all body styles (Runabout, Phaeton, Victoria, and Sedan). The 384 cubic-inch super eight engine produces 145 horsepower. Cost of the automobile was approximately $5,200.


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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
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1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout
Sold for USD$1,765,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
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1930 Packard 734 Speedster Phaeton
Chassis#: 184065
Sold for USD$1,127,500
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout
Chassis#: 184100
Sold for USD$2,090,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1930 Packard Speedster Eight Runabout
Chassis#: 184012
Sold for USD$165,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
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1930 Packard 734 Speedster Phaeton
Chassis#: 184065
Sold for USD$975,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
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1930 Packard 734 Speedster Boattail Runabout
Chassis#: 184089
Sold for USD$506,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
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1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout
Chassis#: 184089
Sold for USD$187,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns
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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
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1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout
Chassis#: 184089
Sold for USD$211,750
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
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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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1930 Packard 734

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