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1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout / 184012 Vehicle Information

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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Sold for $165,000 at 2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona.
Packard introduced the 734 Speedster series in January of 1930, a full five months after the public introduction of Packard's Seventh Series models on August 20th of 1929. This series was the work of Colonel Jesse Vincent who had a special speedster built to demonstrate the potential of a lightweight Packard. Vincent's prototype was driven by famed aviator Charles Lindbergh at Packard's proving grounds, easily exceeding 109 mph. Packard chief Alvan Macauley was impressed with the prototype and the 734 Speedster series was born for 1930.

The lightened boattail body had its overall weight reduced by 455 pounds. The engine was given twin-throat carburetion, a finned exhaust manifold, and other updates, raised the eight-cylinder engine's basic output to 125 brake horsepower. With the optional high-compression (8.0:1) cylinder head, the engine produced upwards of 145 horsepower.

The Packard 734 Speedster, for some reason, was not advertised and little promotion was ever done, the sole exception of a single eight-page, black-and-white brochure. As a result, just 113 examples were ever built.

This 1930 Packard Speedster Runabout is an authentic, accurately constructed example that is faithful to the original coachwork. It is finished in blue with a light blue beltline rib, a beige top, and dark blue upholstery and carpeting.

A restoration was completed in the 1980s, which resulted in AACA National First Prize Award honors in 1988.

Period accessories include a radiator stone guard, dual driving lamps, dual side-mounted spares with canvas covers, side-view mirrors, chrome wire wheels, and whitewall tires.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014


2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona

Sale Price :
USD $165,000

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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