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1930 Packard Series 734 Eight Speedster Runabout Vehicle Profile

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight photograph

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The Packard 7-34 Speedster Eight was one of the first cars produced using the muscle car recipe, long before the term was born: a lightweight body mounted to the company's shortest chassis and fitted with a modified version of its biggest engine. In 1930, five body styles were offered at a price of $5,000. The 385 cubic-inch straight-eight was fitted with a high-compression head, a unique Detroit Lubricator dual-throat carburetor, and an added camshaft-driven vacuum pump to help deliver fuel at high speeds. In addition, it was equipped with finned brake drums for better cooling, and a 3.31:1 final gear ratio. The horsepower of the Deluxe Eight powerplant was bumped from 106 to 145, giving the car an honest 115 miles per hour capability. The Speedster is thought to have been developed to race at Le Mans, but those plans were dumped. It was also engineered to be the most powerful production car when introduced, but the Cadillac V-16 stole its thunder. With management more interested in building luxury cars, the Speedsters disappeared without fanfare, was not advertised, and most Packard dealers were unaware of its existence. It is estimated that only 39 boattails were built, with just six completely authentic examples known to exist.

Between June 6th and July 9th of 1995, this 1930 Packard Model 734 boat-tail speedster was driven 9,638 miles through all 48 contiguous states. The car is powered by a 385 cubic-inch, straight 8 engine offering 145 horsepower. It has a wheelbase that measures 134 inches and it has a fuel economy rating of 12.6 mpg. The total mileage on this car is over 300,000.

This 734 Speedster Runabout, with body number 25, cost $5,210 new and delivers an amazing 12.6 miles per gallon. It was original purchased by Nelson Brinckerhoff of Englewood, New Jersey. The car was purchased from third owner George Jepson, past president of the Classic Car Club of America, in January 1974. George had owned the car for 22 years and won a CCCA National first prize with it in 1955. It is Senior Car #5 in the CCCA. Since its purchase it has been driven in 22 Classic Caravans as well as four Glidden Tours and the 2003 Colorado Grand. Three of its five owners (including one stint in North Africa) have driven the car an estimated 300,000+ miles.

The Packard 7-34 Speedster was one of the first cars produced using the muscle car recipe, long before the term was born: a lightweight body mounted to the company's shortest chassis and fitted with a modified version of its biggest engine. In 1930, five body styles were offered with a price of $5,000. The 385 cubic-inch straight-eight was fitted with a high-compression head, high-lift camshaft, larger exhaust ports, finned exhaust manifold, a unique dual-throat carburetor, and an added camshaft-driven vacuum pump to help deliver fuel at high speeds. Horsepower was bumped from 106 horsepower to 145 giving the car an honest 100 mph capability.

The Speedster was not advertised, and quietly disappeared without fanfare; most Packard dealers weren't even aware of its existence! It is estimated that only around 36 boattails were built, with just six completely authentic examples known to exist.

This car retains body number 25 and was originally purchased at the Philadelphia Packard distributor by N. Brickerhoff of Englewood, New Jersey. It is though that this car has been driven more than 300,000 miles. During one cross-country trip in 1995 by its current owner, he drove it just under 10,000 miles in 29 days, driving in 48 U.S. states.


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1930 Packard Series 734 Eight 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
1930 Packard Series 734 Eight image  1930 Packard Series 734 Eight image  
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
1930 Packard Series 734 Eight image  1930 Packard Series 734 Eight image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight'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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