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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

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

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

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Packard was the leading luxury marque at the start of the Classic era and in 1930 sold 28,318 cars, priced from $2,375 to $5,350. Packard was one of the oldest car companies in America, with the first Packard built in 1899. The company began life as the Ohio Automobile Company based in Warren, Ohio. It became the Packard Motor Car Company in 1902 and moved to Detroit in 1903.

Packard entered the Classic era with a new straight eight engine replacing its early V12. This milestone engine used a unique crankshaft design and firing order that balanced the reciprocating forces and eliminated vibration. It was lighter than the V12, provided more power, better fuel economy and the inline configuration was compatible with the 'long-hood' design themes that would be characteristic of the Classic era.

The Packard 734 Speedster was one of the first cars produced using the muscle car recipe long before the term was born; a lightweight boat-tail body mounted to the company's shortest chassis and fitted with a modified version of its biggest engine. Speedsters were offered to the public in 1929 for $5,000, and again for 1930, in five body styles. The 385 cubic-inch Custom Eight was fitted with a high-compression head, high-lift camshaft, larger exhaust ports, and a dual-throat carburetor, all of which helped bump horsepower from 106 to 145 giving the car an honest 100 mph capability. Speedsters were among the first automobiles to be equipped with a 4-speed transmission.

The Speedster series had five models including the Runabout. The Packard Standard 8 body was made narrower and lower to fit the custom chassis. It rode on a 134.5 inch wheelbase and offered special features such as a ribbed exhaust manifold, dual Detroit Lubricator carburetors increasing horsepower to 145 and a higher ratio 4-speed transmission. It sold for $5,210.

The Speedster was not advertised, and quietly disappeared without fanfare; most Packard dealers weren't even aware of its existence. It is believed that the Packard-built runabout body of this car was installed on a non-Speedster chassis while at Packard New York in 1930. Like the Speedster models, it was equipped with the more powerful 385 cubic-inch Custom Eight engine. Only a few examples including four 1929s and fewer than 20 1930s, in all body styles were built.

This car is one of only eleven Speedsters surviving from 39 produced. It was restored in 1983 after which it participated in the Great American Race from Los Angeles to Indianapolis. It then traveled to Europe where it won awards at concours in France, Italy and German. The current owner of this car purchased it in 2007 and has just completed its restoration.


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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
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
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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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