1931 Packard Model 833 Standard Eight

The Packard 826 sat atop a 127.5-inch wheelbase while the 833 on a 134.5-inch wheelbase. The 840 was on a 140.5-inch wheelbase while the 845 was on the 145.5-inch wheelbase. The 840 and 845 had the appropriate length for seven-passenger sedans, limousines and custom coachwork. These two were known as the Senior Models and were easily distinguished from the other models by their sweeping fenders in the front. These models cost more than over $1000.

New for 1931 was a four-speed manual gearbox. The Eighth Series models were equipped with a vacuum-operated Bijur chassis lubrication system and a Stweart-Warner fuel pump. Under the bonnet rested an eight-cylinder engine that produced 100 horsepower which was an increase in power by 10 over the prior year. The Standard eight engines had a displacement size of 319 cubic-inches while the Deluxe Eights displaced 384.4 cubic-inches.

There were one bodystyle option on the 826; 11 on the 833 and 9 for the 840. Customers were able to selected one of two options on the 845 series. The total was 23 body types which gave the Packard marque a very versatile list of selections for their customers. Individual Customers had 9 bodytyles for the 833 and 840 chassis. Two were by Dietrich and 7 were custom made by the Packard Company.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2007
1931 Packard Model 833 Standard Eight 1931 Packard Model 833 Standard Eight 1931 Packard Model 833 Standard Eight Sport Phaeton
Chassis #: 145737
Engine # 327489
High bid of $120,000 at 2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions. (did not sell)
Sold for $110,000 at 2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona.
This Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton was a birthday present for the seventeen-year old Jonas Homer Edwards on May 27th of 1931. Mr. Edwards would keep the car for 42 years, using it sparingly and never in the rain. It was passed to a friend in 1973 with just over 25,000 miles registered on the odometer. Edwards' friend sold it in 1978 to Larry Bailey of Buord, Georgia, who entered it in that year's Glidden Tour where it was awarded the trophy for 'Best Unrestored Car.'

By the mid-1990s this Packard was in the ownership of Bruce Male of Swampscott, Maine, who displayed it in various shows before selling it to the present owner.

In 2009, the Model 833 was on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the Pre-War Preservation Class. RM Restorations gave the car a total mechanical check-over and sympathetic refurbishment. It participated in the 1000 mile run in the Tour d'Elegance without any troubles. On concours day, the car won a white ribbon in the Pre-War Preservation Class and the F.I.V.A. Trophy which the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens only awards to one automobile in the Preservation Class.

This is likely the most original classic Packard. It has just over 29,000 miles on the odometer and still has its original paint, striping, monograms, interior, top, trunk fitted luggage and as-new side-curtains.

The engine is a 319 cubic-inch eight-cylinder unit capable of producing 100 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual transmission and a rear mounted trunk.

In 2009, this Super Eight was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $140,000 - $160,000. Bidding reached $120,000 but was not enough to satisfy the car's reserve. The lot was left unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2011
1931 Packard Model 833 Standard Eight 1931 Packard Model 833 Standard Eight 1931 Packard Model 833 Standard Eight Sport Phaeton
This car was originally purchased in Los Angeles from the Earl C. Anthony Packard Agency, supplier of spectacular cars for the Hollywood stars. In 1961 the car was spotted by a collector on a used car lot in LA; it was still in respectable condition with original paint, leather interior and mechanically sound.
With only a clean up and polish it scored 70 out of 100 points in a local car show. This encouraged the owner enough that he authorized Coach Craft a top restorer in Hollywood to restore the car. After two years of restoration it was entered in the 1964 west coast grand classics where it won the primary division for its class with 95.9 points.

- This car sports the Adonis Hood ornament, which was a limited time add-on feature.
- The 1931 Custom was also given the wider running board, spoke-wheels and stone deflector grill cover.

Significant features of the Dietrich Body Style include: Hand finished Burl wood instrument panel, V-Frame windshield and Ventipane fly windows.

1931 Packard Model 833 Standard EightThis custom beauty is called a dual cowl phaeton because of the second windshield in the rear of the car that protects the passenger.

Source - National Packard Museum
In 1932 the Packard Standard eight engine was updated with a redesigned manifold and fan. The compression ratio was increased to 6.0:1 and now produced 100 horsepower. A redesigned air cleanser improved both noise and vibration, and the fitting of new rubber engine mounts was accomplished by the driveshaft being jointed and rubber mounted. Both the components and the lengthened chassis were redesigned.

Created out of economic necessity, the Packard Light Eight was introduced in early 1932 and was the first newly designed Packard since 1923. It was also the first medium-priced Packard that was intended to sell in higher volume to help consumers in the luxury market ride out the Depression. Built with the same meticulous care as any Packard, the Light Eight sold for $500-$850 less than the Standard Eight.

Unfortunately though, despite its 'Light' name, the Light Eight used the same 320-cubic-inch engine that was in the Standard Eight, though it rode the shortest wheelbase, 127.5 inches. The Light Eight was sold in coupe roadster and sedan, four-door sedan, and rumble seat coupe.

All new Packard models for the 1949 model year featured a 'flow through fender'. The Packard station wagon was considered by many to be one of the most stylish wagons of the time period. For 1949 the Packard Standard Eight featured a fold down rear seat that made the vehicle quickly transform the station wagon from a functional utility vehicle into a passenger car.

The Packard Straight Eight was equipped with a three-speed manual transmission and was capable of producing 135 horsepower. Both the driver and the passengers enjoyed the bump-free smooth ride in the Standard Eight.

Between 1948 and 1950 only 3,865 Packard Station Sedans were ever produced. Today this vehicle is an extremely collectible piece of the Packard Motor Car Company legacy.

The 1950 Packard Standard Eight featured avante-garde styling along with strong, sturdy vertical wooden slats on the doors. The ‘woodie wagon' was formed by taking a six passenger sedan from the assembly line, then changing the roofline and trunk lid. Briggs Manufacturing Company transformed the once sedan into a complete station wagon. The Packard Standard Eight featured 288 cubic inch straight eight.

By Jessica Donaldson

Concepts by Packard



Recent Vehicle Additions

THREE TIMES FOUR: RM SOTHEBY'S BRINGS ASTON MARTIN TRINITY TO LONDON SALE WITH DB4GT, DB4 CONVERTIBLE AND DB4 SERIES II COUPÉ

THREE TIMES FOUR: RM SOTHEBY'S BRINGS ASTON MARTIN TRINITY TO LONDON SALE WITH DB4GT, DB4 CONVERTIBLE AND DB4 SERIES II COUPÉ

RM Sothebys assembles holy trifecta of DB4s for its 10th anniversary London sale, 7 September at Battersea Evolution Trio led by original one-of-75 DB4GT, immaculate concours-standard Series V...
COMING OUT THE GATE STRONG: AMERICAN MUSCLE LEADS EARLY ENTRIES FOR AUCTIONS AMERICA'S 2016 SEASON OPENER

COMING OUT THE GATE STRONG: AMERICAN MUSCLE LEADS EARLY ENTRIES FOR AUCTIONS AMERICA'S 2016 SEASON OPENER

Auctions Americas kicks off its 2016 calendar, April 1-3 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Regarded as South Floridas premier collector car auction, multi-day sale expected to feature diverse roster o...
Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's : Best of Show

Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's : Best of Show

The Concours dElegance of America, established in 1978, featured over 300 significant automobiles on the beautiful green at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan. This years featured classes...
Auctions America Continues Successful 2013 Season with its Annual Fall Carlisle Sale

Auctions America Continues Successful 2013 Season with its Annual Fall Carlisle Sale

Auctions America rounds out its 2013 auction season in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, October 3-4 Two-day Fall Carlisle sale, held in conjunction with the Carlisle Events Collector Car Swap Meet %26 Corral...
Barrett-Jackson Flavors Its January Scottsdale Auction With NASCAR Treats

Barrett-Jackson Flavors Its January Scottsdale Auction With NASCAR Treats

RACING HERITAGE, HIGH PERFORMANCE ARE RECIPES FOR CAR-COLLECTING FEAST SPEED™ SET FOR 39 HOURS of LIVE COVERAGE STARTING JAN. 15 The great Henry Ford once said, Auto racing began fi...
© 1998-2019. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

data-full-width-responsive="true">


Vehicle information, history, and specifications from concept to production.

Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook Conceptcarz Google+ Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed

Conceptcarz.com
© 1998-2019 Conceptcarz.com Reproduction or reuse prohibited without written consent.