Chassis No. 185878
Engine No. 187365
Two-tone dark red and maroon with dark red leather interior
Engine: Side valve water cooled straight eight, 384 ci.; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: front and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: front and rear drums. Left hand drive.
The seventh series Packards were introduced at the beginning of what was to become the most volatile period in the American economy. On October 29, 1929 the American Stock Market crashed and most of the country followed. However, Packard sales manager, R.E. Chamberlain, remained unaffected, instructing his sales associates to press on and impress upon their clients the opportune advantages of buying a Packard. Considering the events of 1929, such a task seemed surely insurmountable. Amazingly though, nearly 70 of Packard buyers that year paid in cash! Nevertheless the total number of cars sold in December of 1929 dropped by almost 30 The Packard Motor Car Company had managed to survive the early part of 1930 on the impressive and enviable response from their devout clientele. The prestigious reputation of Packard preceded the cars themselves. They were known as a company who built automobiles designed to last. Their advertising and press brochures reflected this in their themes. Once a Packard - Always a Packard. Why not consider yourself in the position of one who bought his Packard new and drives it today for the years of good service still in it? You can put yourself on a par with him because your Packard will still be distinguished in beauty, luxury and comfort.
The new seventh series was technologically improved over its predecessor. Whether it was a Packard factory body or a coachbuilt design, the end result was striking beauty. In general the cars were sleeker, more grand and more individual. Each individual component on the new Packards refelected an amazing amount of detail. The discerning buyer could even choose from a selection of hood ornaments including the Deluxe Goddess (doughnut chaser) or Adonis (sliding boy). The new Packards featured an adjustable drivers seat and sun visors, a map light and an adjustable steering wheel, an amenity still triumphed as a 'new luxury' accessory by car makers today.
Mechanically, the new Packards featured a double fan belt arrangement that allowed for an improved engine cooling system. The motor thermostat was also eliminated and replaced with automatically controlled thermostatic radiator shutters. A Detroit Lubricator No. 51 updraft carburetor was installed, as was a new reciprocating piston device that eased vacuum tank operation at high speeds. The four-speed gearbox was upgraded with a low-low gear that allowed for easier slow-speed operation without sacrificing substantial torque. The myriad of refinements produced a truly luxurious automobile capable of high speed driving and gentle touring, individual and creative in design yet remaining...'always a Packard'.
The McGowan brothers of Connecticut purchased this car from the second owner and sold the car to Bill Lassiter in the early 1980s. Finished in a deep red with maroon fenders, this genuine Dual Cowl Phaeton is indeed a radiant sight. William Lassiter had the dual cowl restored by Rob Stewart of Charlottsville, Virginia. The exterior paint is in optimum condition and shows minimal wear and road usage. Twin side spotlights are mounted aside the windshield in addition to the Pilot Ray driving lamps that automatically follow the motion of the steering wheel. Tasteful opera lights adorn the car's rear. The side mounted whitewall spare tires are encircled in chrome and capped with rearview mirrors, an equally desirable option. From the sliding boy ornament to the wire wheels, all the observed brightwork on the car seems to be in impressive condition. The dark red leather buttoned upholstery also appears to be in nice and well maintained condition. The car is equipped with a telescopic rear cowl with front and rear sideglass for wind and weather protection. The dual cowl body style is regarded by collectors as being the most desirable of the 745s and is continually sought after by Packard enthusiasts. The engine compartment is well presented and clean, again showing little sign of usage. The low-slung tan top is finished with great detail including maroon edging all around, subtly matched to the car's fenders. The rear compartment of the car also has two exterior vents positioned thoughtfully at foot level to allow for increased interior air circulation and foot comfort, truly a motor car comfortably ahead of its time.
Mr. Lassiter's Packard, with its seductive low profile windscreen, and tasteful paint scheme, is an extravagant example of America's desire to ignore the depression and continue in the grand pursuit of luxury. This Packard 745 Dual Cowl Phaeton is recognized as a full classic and is eligible for all classic car touring and showing events and caravans. It should be noted that this car is a Premier Senior Classic Car Club of America first prize winner (No. 1402), as well as a 1989 Antique Automobile Club of America first prize winner. Bearing its original body style, this Packard 745 Dual Cowl Phaeton is a rare and exceptional example of one of the most desirable coachbuilt Packard designs ever built, and accordingly, this dual cowl has remained in well maintained condition since its restoration.