Style: 2-Door Convertible
Serial No: 174812
Engine Size: 319 cid
Engine Cylinders: I-8
Engine BHP: 120 bhp
Transmission: Manual 3-Speed
- Packard Eight was the successor to the Twin-Six.
- Packard Eight served as power source from 1923 through the 1930’s.
- 319 cubic inch straight 8 was the smaller of the two offered, 384 cid was the larger.
- Two-barrel down-draft carburetor and servo-assisted brakes were standard on all Packard models in 1933.
- Price new: $2,780
1980 LeMay Car Show Feature Car
Graham Robson, The Illustrated Directory of Classic Cars, pgs. 380-381
Auto Editors of Consumer Guide, Cars of the Classic ‘30’s, pgs. 164-165
U.S. Customs Story as Told By Cliff Ansteth
The Packard Single Eight was launched in 1923 as the successor to the Twin-Six and the new engine served as the power source for Packard through the 1930’s. In 1933 the Standard Eight was renamed the Eight, but it used the Light Eight’s frame and body dies. The improved chassis was made stronger with revised x-bracing.
Power was increased to 120 hp by the addition of a two-barrel down-draft carburetor. Servo-assisted brakes became standard on all Packard models in 1933. Packard netted over $500,000 with 1933 sales that amounted to 38 per cent of the luxury car market, well above Cadillac’s share. Packard sold 2981 Eight’s in 1933 at a starting price of $2150.
Harold LeMay purchased this car at a U.S. Customs auction. He received a call from the Customs office asking if he would be interested in bidding on a 1933 Packard. When he arrived at the auction he discovered the Packard was disassembled and packed in crates. Harold bid on it anyway and much to his surprise he won. He hauled it home and had the restoration shop assemble it.