16 August 1998
1931 PACKARD MODEL 840 ROADSTER
Chassis No. 189075
Engine No. C890025
Dark blue with blue leather interior
Engine: straight eight, 384.8ci, 120bhp at 3,200rpm; Gearbox: 4-speed manual; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear. Brakes: four wheel drum. Left hand drive.
The eight cylinder engine that Packard had revealed in 1923, as a successor to the V12 provided the backbone to Packard's future production, which in fact lasted up 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. It gave a smooth and effortless performance.
In the early 1930s Packard, offering a wide range of models, was market leader with over 50 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 genuine 840 Roadster was owned for many years by the well known classic car collector, Frank Buck. Mr. Buck purchased the Packard from a collector in Illinois in the 1970s and recalls that the 840 was a solid original example prior to his complete nut and bolt restoration. Mr. Buck wanted the Packard to have an authentic look and chose the very attractive two-tone blue color scheme from a 1930 Du Lux paint chart. The stunning result was very well received on the show circuit. In 1977 the Packard was shown at the Classic Car Club of America's Buck Hill Falls show where it scored 100 points. It subsequently scored a first Junior and the Joseph Parkin Award for the Best Packard from the Antique Automobile Club of America.
The 840 eventually passed into the hands of the late Daniel Sargent. During Mr. Sargent's ownership, the 840 was used frequently and even travelled to Europe where it participated in the famed Monte Carlo Rally and performed without fault.
The car has recently had a complete service, new set of tires and top boot fitted to the car. This handsome and rare 840 Packard is regarded as one of the most desirable Packards from the early 1930s era.
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