1930 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT MODEL 745 CLUB SEDAN
Chassis No. 187354
Engine No. 187301
Blue with black fenders, roof and gold pinstriping with blue/grey cloth interior
Engine: L-head, straight eight, 384.8ci., 106bhp at 3,200rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual with reverse; Suspension: front and rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel mechanical drums. Left hand drive.
The American automotive market of 1930 was desperate after the market crashed in October of 1929. Companies were frantic to stay in business and were prepared to attempt anything to maintain a hold over their own respective market shares. Among these companies, many would falter and meet their demise as they could not provide their cars to clients with favorable financial terms. One of the companies that did manage to weather the storm was the Packard Motor Company. Packard executives cleverly utilized a marketing scheme that helped clients continue to upgrade to the new model Packards when they were short on cash. The general thinking was that the more new Packards on the road, the better, and indeed that proved to be true as sales managed to climb ever so slightly by the year's end. Actually, sales climbed enough for Packard to show a profit in 1930 which, considering the circumstances, was truly amazing.
The new Seventh Series Packards were technologically improved over their 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 separate component on the new Packards reflected an amazing amount of detail. Packard Seventh Series motor cars featured an adjustable driver's seat and sun visors, a map light and an adjustable steering wheel. Overall, these cars were indeed in a class of their own and the challenge to Packard marketing men to keep the company successful was certainly made easier when coupled with the quality motor car they represented.
Mr. Browning purchased this Packard in 1978 from Mr. Dave Kotz. Since then the Packard has been well maintained and kept in good running condition. This attractive Model 745 Club Sedan is an older restoration that appears to be in fair overall condition. The paintwork seems to be the result of an older restoration and shows wear in various areas. The panel fit is quite commendable with all doors closing solidly. The interior looks very original and is in good condition. Details include a Jaeger eight day clock, heater, adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, cigarette lighters and factory installed foot rests. One very nice detail is the period fan installed on the windshield pillar for the driver's convenience. It should be mentioned that a high speed rear end has also been installed, the effects of which have increased the overall ride and performance of this Packard. Exterior options and highlights include a Sparton horn, Trippe Safety Light foglamps, C.M. Hall Depress Beam headlamps, Packard trunk, dual sidemount spares with covers and mirrors, as well as a C.M. Hall tail lamp. This car also features the standard steel wheel discs color matched to the body and pinstriped in gold. These attractive examples make for highly pleasant touring cars and are ideal for those enthusiasts who enjoy silent and luxurious touring.