20 August 2000
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1930 PACKARD SERIES 745 ROADSTER
Chassis No. 181650
Engine No. 182774
Two-tone dark red and maroon with tan buttoned leather interior and a tan top
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 separate 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 driver's 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'.
This exquisite example joined the Browning Collection in 1979 and was purchased from Mr. John Lundberg. A short time later the Packard was submitted for a cosmetic restoration that included a repaint in the two-tone red and dark red color scheme it currently displays. Since the restoration, the Packard has been used sparingly and is currently in very presentable condition. There is a limited amount of spidering and cracking in the paint towards the rear of the car. All brightwork is highly respectable including the correct C.M. Hall headlamps and Adonis hood ornament. Additional features on the exterior of the car include the correct stainless spoke wire wheels, optional grille guard and a rear trunk rack. The tan convertible top is a very correct replacement of the original and is complete with side curtains. The underbody is very tidy and commensurate with a car used sparingly. The Packard 745 Roadster is recognized as a Full Classic and is eligible for all classic car touring and showing events and caravans. Bearing its original body style, this Packard 745 Roadster is a rare and exceptional example of one of the most desirable coachbuilt Packard designs ever built.
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