1934 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT MODEL 1104 COUPE
Chassis No. 758-36
Engine No. 752-732
Dark green with light green pinstriping, beige wire wheels and a tan tufted leather interior
Engine: L-head, straight eight, 384.8ci., 145bhp at 3,200rpm; Gearbox: three-speed manual with reverse; Suspension: front and rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel mechanical drums. Left hand drive.
By 1934 Packard had developed two distinctly separate markets. The first was the American market which had for so many years been the backbone of their production, sales and success. The second market, which had only developed quite recently, incorporated the wealthy, international and most regal of clients. By 1934 the Japanese Imperial Household was reported to have owned seventy-three different Packards within the confines of the royal household as well as in the service of those associated with the Imperial family. Notably some of the other royal households that owned Packards at the time included the Shah of Persia, the Sovereign Sultans of Langkat and Djokjakarta, the Agha Khan, thirty seven different Rajahs and Princes of India and the Presidents of most North and South American Republics. Perhaps even more impressively though, throughout England and specifically London, over 1,500 Packards were registered to various dignitaries and socialites. Many of the Britons must have tired of the standard crop of yawn-provoking stoic coachbuilt cars and switched to one of America's most impressive and exciting motor cars.
Packard continued the evolution of their model line with the Eleventh Series, incorporating small individual details throughout. Some of these included an oil temperature regulator, double bar bumpers, an angled vent window and a vacuum tube radio as an added option. The 1104 Models were offered in eleven different body styles ranging from a standard sedan to a roadster with just about every other choice in between including the Coupe Model 1104 on offer here.
This Super Eight Packard was purchased by Mr. Browning in 1983. The car was subsequently treated to a careful restoration that included repainting it in the attractive dark green finish and performing a comprehensive restoration of the spacious interior. Currently, the car is in presentable condition, though it shows assorted cracking and bubbling in limited areas of the paint. The interior is in very good order, as is the underbody. The motor and engine bay appear in good original order and show signs of use. The panel fit is good with all doors and rumble seat closing well. Some of the highlights include the correct Stromberg carburetor, Solar headlamps, dual horns, A.J. Rosen mirrors, Orion dual lamps and an original Packard trunk with cover. All gauges appear correct to the car and the odometer is currently showing just under 70,000 miles from. This lovely example is extremely attractive and, in its presentable condition, it would be suitable for many classic car tours and events nationwide.