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1931 PACKARD MODEL 840 DUAL COWL SPORT PHAETON

Chassis No. 190345
Engine No. 190400

Dark blue with blue leather interior

Engine: L-head, straight eight, 384.8ci, 120bhp at 3,200rpm; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear; Brakes: four wheel drum. Left hand drive.

The eight cylinder engine that Packard revealed in 1923 as a successor to the V12 provided the backbone the marque's future production, which in fact lasted through to the end of the 1930s. The design was a simple side valve (L-head) of the highest quality with a light alloy crankcase with the crankshaft running in nine main bearings, providing a smooth and effortless performance.

In the early 1930s Packard, offering a wide range of models, was market leader with over fifty percent of the luxury car market. The 840 Deluxe Eight was Packard's top of the line model. The handsome design was similar to the seventh series cars of 1930, but much more attractive with the long sweeping front fenders that had been used only on the 745. The resulting effect gave the 840 Packards a much longer, sleeker design. The 840s also had much more get up and go, largely due to the updated close ratio gearbox that was used only in that year.

This 1931 Model 840 Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton was purchased by the current owner in 1992 fresh from receiving a complete and thorough restoration. At the time, the Packard 840 was a very complete and rust-free example sporting a post-war repaint. During the restoration process each and every part was individually inspected in an effort to return this Grand Classic to 'as, or better than new' condition. Now featuring a unique but documented color combination of blue body, orange trim and lavender undercarriage, this Packard is a stunning sight. The interior is handsomely trimmed with a walnut burl-grained dash, retractable cigar lighter, full instrumentation and leather-bound wool carpeting.

This 840 Dual Cowl has been a participant in and winner at many of the most prestigious events including: a 1st Junior Award at the June 1993 A.A.C.A. Meet; Grand National 1st Junior Award at the August 1997 A.A.C.A. National Meet; Grand National Senior Award at the June 1998 A.A.C.A. Grand National Meet; Most Elegant of Show at the July 1999 Fountain Elms Invitational; 1st in Class, Alvan Macauley Award (Best of Show) at the June 2001 Packard National Meet, and most recently an Invited Participant to the August 2001 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

This handsome and rare 840 Packard is regarded as one of the most desirable examples from the early 1930s and offers a collector an immediate opportunity to enjoy a fully vetted Grand Classic.
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