Here we have another stunner spotted at a Packard show. She’s all-original, even the paint—impressive for an automobile that’s nearing her 100th birthday. The ’32 Packard 900-Series is a very rare automobile; despite its flashy design (note the “shovelnose” grille) and its accounting for nearly half of Packard’s sales that year, the nearly-astronomical average price of $1,800 combined with the high cost of manufacturing the beautiful body resulted in the design’s being dropped by ’33.
This “Shovelnose Grille” makes the 900 immediately identifiable.
Packard sold just over 6,700 of these in its attempt to survive the Great Depression, which killed many great nameplates (including fellow “royal” luxury automobile marques Pierce-Arrow and Peerless). I’m not sure how many remain, though one did sell for over $100,000 in 2013. This particular Packard Eight 900-Series is a gem indeed—not only is she glamourous from nose to tail, the car has only logged 64,000 miles since her first owner in Connecticut to her fourth and present owner (so far as I know). Of the mere twenty-two coupe roadsters in the world’s Packard Club, this is the only one ‘living’ in Ohio.
It’s safe to say the man or woman who bought this 900 would go on to buy another Packard—while Packard led all luxury manufacturers with 33.6% of all car sales, Packard could really boast when it came to its returning customers; ninety percent of Packard buyers came back for more. As the old Packard slogan went: Ask the man who owns one.
Perhaps the first owner of this car listened to Jack Benny’s radio program, which had its debut in 1932—or perhaps, stopping along some quiet country road, the owners heard from a restaurant waitress or farmstand owner that the Lindbergh’s baby had been kidnapped, mourning for the American hero and his family even as they prayed Charles, Jr. would be safely recovered (alas, it was not to be). Continue reading →
Early last week my husband was reminded that he had three weeks of vacation stacked up, and this reminder came with a strong hint that he was welcome to, after a great deal of hard work this year, take the remainder of 2013 off. He was happy to do so, and in order to be able to spend more time with him (we’re hoping to do some local wintertime “tourism”) as well as getting year-end stuff done, I’ve decided to wrap up my posts for the year unless something completely amazing happens. Continue reading →
This gorgeous yellow Packard is one of my favourite cars at Afton Station on Route 66 in Oklahoma. The Station, fixed up and run as a lighthearted, fun museum-esque stop along the Road by the delightful Laurel Kane, is a must-see-site if you’re taking a Mother Road trip or if you’re in the area. (Once I’m finally done working on the many—hm, Jen and classic cars equal a gazillion shots, who is surprised?—photos I took there, I hope to put up a post about Afton Station!)
We missed Afton Station on our first 66 trip, but made up for it the second time by visiting on both our westbound and return eastbound trip—encouraged by Laurel, who mentioned as we were heading west that the new addition to the Station would probably be open by the time we were on our way back. Who could resist the opportunity to be among the first to see the expanded digs? Not this Packard fan! I’m so glad I did, too; visitors have a great view of the small fleet of Packards. Plus Laurel and Afton Station are, really, just fantastic anyhow.
At any rate, I hope this golden beauty has brightened up the Monday in what is probably the first full week of work most of us are looking at in a couple of weeks. Here’s to a productive Monday!