1930 PACKARD MODEL 733 STANDARD EIGHT DUAL COWL PHAETON
Chassis No. 299975
Engine No. 299809
Battleship grey with black fenders, black leather interior and a black canvas top
Engine: L-head, in-line, eight cylinders, 319.2ci., 90bhp 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.
Seventh Series Standard Eight Packards were offered in two different model lines, the 726 and the 733. The latter featured a 134½ inch wheelbase and any one of the ten different body styles, the former, with its 127½ inch wheelbase was available only with the Five Passenger Sedan body. Packard tradition dictated that each year their cars would feature some type of change or innovation whether mechanical or physical. For 1930 this was to remain true as well. Notable improvements included the adoption of the Detroit Lubricator updraft carburetor, which was now to become standard on all model series. The motor thermostat had given way to thermostatically controlled radiator shutters, while the gearbox now included a low fourth speed for increased driving ease. In total nearly 30,000 726 and 733 cars were built that year, an alarmingly impressive figure given the volatile financial year of 1929. Somehow Packard found a way to survive, they outsold nearly every other American auto maker and managed to stay afloat in a sea of drowning car companies. Prices remained largely standard that year as well showing only a small decrease of around $100 from those of the 1929 models.
Packard smartly employed Ray Dietrich to modify styling to encompass all of the different model lines as well. The new sleeker cars for 1930 all featured essentially the same body styles. The different wheelbases between the 733, 740 and 745 models were reflected in the length of the hoods which were extended on the more steeply priced 740 and 745 lines. This effort helped boost sales as it incorporated the lovely styling of the higher priced models at a more affordable level with only a nominal horsepower difference between the Deluxe Eight and the Standard Eight. Of any Seventh Series Packard, regardless of powerplant and horsepower, the Dual Cowl Phaeton is undoubtedly the most impressive and attractive.
This very honest example of the Packard Model 733 line was added to the Browning Collection in 1971. It was the first classic motor car that Mr. Browning purchased and thus is truly the backbone from which the Collection was built upon. Since joining the Collection it has maintained its absolutely lovely original appearance. The 733 retains its original delivery tag to the Hudson Crescent Garage in Glen Cove, New York on 8 July of 1930. Upon close inspection this Packard would appear to have been repainted many years ago. The black leather interior appears entirely original and is in nice overall condition. The instrumentation appears very correct and shows a mileage of approximately 41,000, which is believed to be from new. Other splendid correct options include an original Packard trunk with fitted luggage, original running boards with metal Packard step plates and original side curtains. Additionally, the Packard is fitted with the steel wheel discs which are painted battleship grey and are tastefully pinstriped with yellow and white. The brightwork is in fair condition and has some pitting and blemishing in various areas throughout. The 733 is fitted with C.M. Hall Depress Beam headlamps, a C.M. Hall tail lamp and Trippe Safety Speedlamps with interior mounted controls. On a recent short distance test drive the Packard performed quite proficiently, operating and shifting much as an original car should.
This lovely 733 Dual Cowl Phaeton is a fabulous example of the very respectable Seventh Series Model Line. It is a very special example that appears to remain largely as it was initially conceived and would make a proper addition to any collection of important original motor cars.