1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight Convertible Victoria Waterhouse / 188992 Vehicle Information

1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight photograph

1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight photograph

1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight photograph

1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight photograph

1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight photograph

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Convertible Victoria Waterhouse
Coachwork: Waterhouse
Chassis #: 188992
Engine #: 189054
This 1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Convertible Victoria has coachwork by Waterhouse and is a former Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Class Winner. It is black with a burgundy leather interior and a black cloth top. The engine is a 385 cubic-inch L-head eight-cylinder unit with a single updraft carburetor which produces an impressive 120 horsepower. The four-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheels while the four-wheel mechanical drums provide the stopping power. This two-door left-hand drive vehicle was auctioned at the 2006 Christies Auction in Monterey California where it was expected to fetch $400000-$500000. At the close of the bidding, it had found a new owner at a price of $449500.

The Packard Company built a tradition and reputation for style, durability, quality, and reliability. The eight-cylinder engine was very refined for the 1930 era. It was smooth, quiet and capable of carrying the vehicles at a respectable pace. The owners of a Packard were instantly recognized as higher class individuals as the vehicles personified success in every dimension.

The Eight Series Packard's were introduced in 1930 during a rough time in American history with the stock market crisis in full force. The world's economy was in question and during this time many businesses went into bankruptcy.

Though it was customary at the time, Packard made the decision to bring all body building in house, rather than outsourcing the work. This was done to eliminate the lucrative custom coach building commissions. To increase its position in the market, the company lowered its prices considerably. The prices were dropped and continued to drop over time. Sadly, this did little to boost sales.

Finding Eight-Series Packard's with custom coach bodies is very rare. The example shown has coachwork by the Waterhouse firm. Charles Waterhouse and his son created the Waterhouse Company in 1928. Located in Webster, Massachusetts, the firm had created a Convertible Victoria body for Packard in 1928 which was later shown at the Paris Motor Show. The vehicle was well received and the tight deadline that was given to Waterhouse was completed on time and done to perfection. Build quality was high and the style was astonishing. George Weaver was responsible for the design. The top was very impressive and could be folder almost flat with the low window sills.

It was delivered on November 11th of 1930 to an unknown buyer. It was delivered by R. Gonzalez & Company in Montevideo, Uruguay, Gabriel Terra. It is believed to have been constructed for the President of Uruguay, Gabriel Terra or a wealthy vintner. In the mid-Seventies it was returned to the United States where a restoration was undertaken by Tom Sparks for its then owner Mr. Jack Skarratt. It was then purchased by Mr. Bernie Ratzlaff who finished the restoration.

After its restoration it was shown at the 1997 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it was awarded First in Class and was a contender for the coveted Best in Show. It later received a Classic Car Club of America National First Prize at the California Grand Classic in 1998.

It was acquired by its next owner in 2000.

This Packard is extremely rare with its gorgeous body by Waterhouse. The Waterhouse Company created around 300 custom bodies during their short lifespan which lasted until 1933. Packard sales accounted for about 100 of those custom bodies. This example is very clean, void of side mounted tires allowing the elegant body to flow without disruption.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Packard 840 Custom Eight Coupe
Sold for USD$59,400
  2020 Mecum : Indy
 
1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight 4 Passenger Coupe
Chassis#: 190041
Sold for USD$56,000
  2020 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1931 Packard 840 Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton
Sold for USD$59,400
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1931 Packard 840 Deluxe Eight 2/4-Passenger Roadster
Chassis#: 47249
Sold for USD$242,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1931 Packard Custom Eight Roadster
Chassis#: 191299
Sold for USD$151,250
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1931 Packard Custom Eight Roadster
Chassis#: 189075
Sold for USD$148,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1931 Packard Custom Eight Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 190860
Sold for USD$151,200
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  
1931 Packard Series 840
Sold for USD$120,000
  2018 Leake Auction : Oklahoma City
 
1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 190397
Sold for USD$264,000
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  
1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Convertible Victoria by Dietrich
Chassis#: 188700
Sold for USD$192,500
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
 
1931 PACKARD 840 DELUXE CONVERTIBLE COUPE
Chassis#: 191094
Sold for USD$71,500
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  
1931 Packard DeLuxe Eight Convertible Coupe
Sold for USD$154,000
  2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale
 
1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 479-68
Sold for USD$126,500
  2013 RM Auction - Hershey
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  
1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Sport Phaeton
Sold for USD$118,250
  2013 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1931 Packard 840 Deluxe Eight Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 479-68
Sold for USD$110,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  
1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Convertible Victoria
Chassis#: 188233
Sold for USD$154,000
  2012 RM Auctions at Amelia Island, Fla
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  
1931 Packard Model 840 Deluxe Eight Convertible Coupe
Sold for USD$105,000
  2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  
1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Roadster
Chassis#: 190178
Sold for USD$159,500
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight image  
1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Convertible Victoria
Chassis#: 189011
Sold for USD$220,000
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
 
1931 PACKARD 840 ROADSTER
Sold for USD$170,500
  2010 Barrett-Jackson ORANGE COUNTY 2010
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Packard 840 Deluxe Eight Phaeton471962020 Gooding & Company : Geared Online $225,000$300,000
1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Convertible Coupe1887302019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale   
1931 Packard 840 Roadster472332017 The Finest : Boca Raton $275,000$300,000
1931 PACKARD 840 ROADSTER1899932016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa $250,000$275,000
1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton1496592014 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$165,000  
1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Rumble Seat Roadster1888752012 RM Auctions at Amelia Island, Fla$200,000$250,000$300,000
1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Convertible Victoria by Waterhouse & Co.1882332011 RM Auctions Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns$230,000$250,000$350,000
1931 Packard 840 Individual Custom Convertible Sedan by Dietrich840-2062011 RM Auctions Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns$190,000$200,000$300,000
1931 PACKARD 8403238402010 Silver Auction Portland$39,000  
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight 2009 Automobiles of Arizona$160,000$250,000$300,000
1931 Packard 840 Roadster Roadster 2009 Boca Raton, FL Kruse$250,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Packard Model 8451931 Sport Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Packard Model 8451931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Packard Model 8451931 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis information for the Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight1931 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis information for the Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight1931 Convertible Victoria Waterhouse
Coachbuilder: Waterhouse
Chassis Num: 188233
Engine Num: 173560
Chassis information for the Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight1931 Sport Phaeton
Chassis Num: 188351
Engine Num: 189820
Chassis information for the Packard Model 8451931 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Waterhouse
Chassis Num: 188648
Engine Num: 188669
Chassis information for the Packard Model 8451931 Convertible Roadster
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 188777
Engine Num: 188778
Chassis information for the Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight1931 Roadster
Chassis Num: 188801
Chassis information for the Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight1931 Roadster
Chassis Num: 188875
Chassis information for the Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight1931 Convertible Victoria Waterhouse
Coachbuilder: Waterhouse
Chassis Num: 188992
Engine Num: 189054
Chassis information for the Packard Model 8451931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 189744
Engine Num: 189773
Chassis information for the Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight1931 Roadster
Chassis Num: 190178
Chassis information for the Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight1931 Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 191094
Engine Num: 191021
Chassis information for the Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight1931 Dietrich Convertible
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 840-206
Chassis information for the Packard Model 8451931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 845-91
Engine Num: 189708


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