1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight vehicle information

Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich

Throughout most of the classic era, Packard outsold all of its competitors in the United States-including Lincoln, Cadillac and Pierce-Arrow. At its peak, in 1928, over 55,000 Packard's were sold, and it built some of the most luxurious cars availab....[continue reading]

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight vehicle information

Dietrich Roadster
Coachwork: Dietrich

The 1929 Packard was known as the Sixth Series. The 645 Deluxe Eight chassis was Packard's finest and was offered on a massive 145.5-inch wheelbase.....[continue reading]

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight vehicle information

Dietrich Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich

The Packard Model 645 was the company's top-of-the-line model and rode on a platform that measured 145-inch wheelbase. Power was from a 384 cubic-inch straight-8 cylinder engine producing 105 horsepower. Pricing started at $4935 and 2061 examples wer....[continue reading]

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight vehicle information

Custom Roadster
Coachwork: Rollston & Company

Chassis Num: 173233

This 1929 Packard 645 Custom Roadster with coachwork by Rollston was built for the 1929 New York Auto Salon. It was commissioned by the Packard factory, and no expense was spared in its construction. At the time when a basic Ford saloon cost around $....[continue reading]

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight vehicle information

Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich

This Packard wears Sport Phaeton coachwork by Dietrich. It has its original interior with the original leather embossing still visible. These later models were easily identified by the round-back headlights that replaced the earlier drum-backs style.....[continue reading]

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight vehicle information

Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: 176980
Engine Num: 177194C

The Packard 645 Deluxe Eight was introduced early in 1929, prior to the stock market crash. It was given a chassis that was specifically designed for the custom and semi-custom bodies of that time. Power was from a nine-main-bearing engine displacing....[continue reading]

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight vehicle information

Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich

Packard was one of many car manufacturers that used independent coachbuilders to body some of their models. Dietrich Inc. bodied this car. Ray Dietrich began his design career by working for the American Bank Company. He later designed bodies for var....[continue reading]

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight vehicle information

Dietrich Roadster
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: 174037
Engine Num: 174223

This Packard Roadster was built on the long 645 Deluxe Eight chassis, to a design by coachbuilder Raymond Dietrich. It is currently in original and unrestored condition, the exception being a new radiator shell, believed to be from a 650, and a new t....[continue reading]

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight vehicle information

Dietrich Roadster
Coachwork: Dietrich

Packard was at the top of its game when, in August 1928, the company introduced its Sixth Series of 8-cylinder models. The model at the top of the range was the 645 Deluxe Eight, offered with over 20 different body styles. The 145-inch wheelbase chas....[continue reading]

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight vehicle information

Dietrich Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: 177879
Engine Num: 176506C

Packard produced its 'Twin-Six' V-12 engine from 1916 through 1923. For 1924, Packard replaced the Twin Six by an inline eight-cylinder engine that quickly gained a reputation for its silent and smooth operation. ....[continue reading]

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight vehicle information

Dietrich Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: 168638
Engine Num: 167956

The Packard Motor Car Company introduced the Single Eight, the successor to the Twin Six V-12, on June 14th of 1923. Its engine displaced 357.8 cubic-inches, which was 15 percent fewer than the company's big engine, but produced 95 percent of its hor....[continue reading]

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight vehicle information

Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich

This 'Daul Cowl' phaeton body, custom designed by Ray Dietrich, resides on the longest Packard frame for this year and the wheelbase is 145 inches.....[continue reading]

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight vehicle information

Dietrich Roadster
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: 177569C

The Sixth Series models of 1929 were powered by a 385 cubic-inch L-head eight-cylinder engine fitted with a single Packard carburetor and offered just over 100 horsepower. The former Six had been replaced by the Standard Eight which rested on two sli....[continue reading]

Sport Phaeton by Dietrich
 
Dietrich Roadster by Dietrich
 
Dietrich Dual Cowl Phaeton by Dietrich
 
Custom Roadster by Rollston & Company
Chassis #: 173233 
Sport Phaeton by Dietrich
 
Sport Phaeton by Dietrich
Chassis #: 176980 
Sport Phaeton by Dietrich
 
Dietrich Roadster by Dietrich
Chassis #: 174037 
Dietrich Roadster by Dietrich
 
Dietrich Dual Cowl Phaeton by Dietrich
Chassis #: 177879 
Dietrich Dual Cowl Phaeton by Dietrich
Chassis #: 168638 
Sport Phaeton by Dietrich
 
Dietrich Roadster by Dietrich
Chassis #: 177569C 

History

Packard was founded by two brothers, James Ward and William Dowd Packard in the city of Warren Ohio. They strongly believed that they could build a better automobile then the current models on display. They also had ideas on how to improve on the designs of current automobiles. By 1899, both brothers were building and designing vehicles in their native Warren, Ohio. The company was originally called the Ohio Automobile Company, and quickly began introducing various innovations in its designs that included the modern steering wheel, and the first production 12-cylinder engine.

While Henry Ford was producing vehicles that sold for $440, the Packard's instead concentrated on more upscale cars that started at $2,600. Their automobile developed a following and reputation not only in the U.S., but also abroad. The Packard's built vehicles that were consistently considered the elite in luxury automobiles. The company was commonly referred to as being one of the three 'P's' of American Motor Royalty; along with Pierce-Arrow of Buffalo, NY, Peerless of Cleveland, Ohio. On October 2, 1902, the Ohio Automobile Company became Packard Motor Car Company. The automobile operation soon moved to Detroit. Production was quickly placed ahead of General Motors Cadillac automobiles.

By 1925, Packard was considered the indisputable leader in the field of prestige automobiles. The exclusive Senior Eights were the Packard models that signified a prestige that went back to 1923. It was these models that were so successful through 1929 that the profit that they generated was almost enough to weather the Great Depression, and later finance the development of the 1935 One Twenty.

It was the Junior automobiles that supported the Seniors to World War II and beyond.
The Eight was the premier model, with only one notch below belonging to the much sought after Six, between 1923 and 1928. The lines were once again upgraded in 1928.
With a muscular, yet silky 385 CID power-plant, a new Custom Deluxe Eight was added at the top. At the same time the Six was replaced by the Standard Eight and was named so like the Custom Deluxe through 1932. As the most inexpensive model in the line, the Standard still came with the same quality, and assurance of excellence as the other models in the line, it just happened to be sold at the cost of $4,100, and the equivalent of 10 Model A Fords.

Introduced on August 1, 1928, the Packard Model 645 also fell under the designation of the Custom Eight line, or the Deluxe Eight series on September 8, 1928. Around 2,061 units of the Packard 645 were produced, and were easily identified by the Round-Back Headlamps that replaced the earlier drum-type. These models also came with a larger eight cylinder engine and a temperature gauge on the dash. The horsepower was at an increased 109, with the addition of the bore, L-head, in-line eight, and cast en bloc. Mechanical brakes were placed on all wheels, and the 645 came with 3-speed transmission.

The coachwork was done by Dietrich, and the design is consistently considered both desirable and beautiful. Offered in an astounding 21 body styles, the 8-cylinder was designated the 645 for 1929.

In one model year, an amazing 43,130 Standards were sold, plus another 11,930 Custom/Deluxe and Speedster models. High demands and waiting lists began the 1929 model year, but unfortunately due to the economic crisis, the sales tailed off to approximately 35,000 units for the year. The depression of the 1930's hurt Packard, and by 1934 their production dropped from more 50,000 in 1928 to below 7,000 units per year. As the depth of the Depression intensified, there was a curious delayed reaction for Packard, as they still managed to sell approximately 18,000 units as late as 1931. For 1933-34, the Standard Eight became the Eight, and the Custom/Deluxe series became the Super Eight. Meanwhile, fine car sales along with the rest of the Industry continued to plunge, reaching the horrifying bottom of 7,040 units in 1934.

By Jessica Donaldson

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