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1930 Packard 734 Runabout / 184100 Vehicle Information

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 7341930 Packard 734
Sold for $2,090,000 at 2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
Sold for $665,000 at 2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection.
The Packard 734 Speedster was the brainchild of Col. Jesse Vincent, Packard's vice president of engineering. In similar fashion to Hot Rods that would follow, the 734 rested on a shortened and narrowed chassis and was equipped with 19-inch wheels, a high-speed rear axle, finned three-leading-shoe brake drums, and a highly tuned 385 CID straight eight. The engine featured hemispherical combustion chambers, ribbed exhaust manifold, a two-barrel Detroit Lubricator carburetor, and nine main bearings. With the optional high-compression head, the Speedster produced an impressive 145 horsepower. Not including the Duesenberg Model J, it was the most powerful automobile offered to the public in 1930.

The Packard 734 was available in five distinct body styles including the Victoria, Sedan, Roadster, Phaeton, and Runabout. The coachwork was built in Packard's own coachworks, where standard bodies were narrowed, sectioned, and trimmed. The Runabout had a boattail rear-end, minimal top, and staggered seating arrangement. The lightweight bodies and powerful engines allowed the 734 Speedster to achieve 60 mph in second gear and had a top speed in excess of 100 mph. This was an impressive accomplishment for a car of this era, not to mention one so well-appointed.

This particular example was sales order number 25977, and carries Packard Vehicle Number 184100 and body number 442-31. It left the factory painted Plymouth and Pilgrim Gray, with Ivory Drop Black moldings and a French Gray Double Deep pinstripe.

It is believed that the original owner of this car was David R. Williams of Tulsa Oklahoma. In 1940, it was purchased by Roy Mo. Brooks of West Palm Beach, Florida, who kept the car for two decades before selling it in 1960 to Mils B. Lane of Atlanta, Georgia. After two other owners, it was purchased in 1972 by the Craven Foundation of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Glenn Mounger of Bainbridge Island, Washington acquired it in 1986, followed by Ken McBridge of Washington in 1989. The current owner, Mr. Mounger, re-acquired it in 2000.

In 1961, while in the care of Mr. Lane, Alexis de Sakhnoffsky was commissioned to render this car (and the rest of his cars in his collection) in watercolor. The Packard Speedster, which had by then been repainted white with red wheels, had its profile reproduced in numerous publications.

M.H. 'Tiny' Gould of Trucksville, PA acquired it in 1969 and sold it in 1972 to the Graven Foundation. While in Mr. Gould's ownership, the Packard was restored and displayed at the 1971 CCCA Annual Meet, where it received 99.75 points and was awarded Best of Show Junior. The Graven Foundation acquired it at the Kirk White Automobile Auction held in Radnor, PA for the sum of $51,000, the top-selling lot of the day.

Soon after Mr. Mounger's second acquisition of the car, he commissioned a complete concours-quality restoration. The work was completed in 2002, and put on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it was exhibited for display only. Since then, it has been awarded a perfect 100-point score at the 2004 Pacific Northwest Grand Classic and has received major awards at other events.

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


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2016


2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $800,000-USD $1,100,000 
Sale Price :
USD $665,000

2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,200,000-USD $1,500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $2,090,000

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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