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Lot 13
1934 Packard 1101 Coupe Roadster
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CHASSIS NO: 377895

• Iconic Packard style and design
• Uniquely painted silver frame
• Well-maintained and reliable for touring and exhibition
• 1 of only 270 produced and one of approximately 30 known examples surviving


320 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, Stromberg Dual-Downdraft carburetor, 120 HP at 3,200 RPM, three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission, beam-type front axle and live rear-axle suspension with front and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel vacuum-assisted mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 136.25”


For the majority of its existence, the Packard Motor Car Company enjoyed brilliant sales successes, usually commanding the majority share of the luxury car market. One of America’s first automobile manufacturers, it quickly established itself as a motorcar of supreme comfort, exquisite build quality, robust engineering, fine performance, and outstanding technological advancements. For these reasons and many more, Packard automobiles were absolutely “the thing to have". Celebrities and captains of industry alike preferred Packards to most other makes, inspiring those in their circles to buy similarly. It wasn’t just in the United States that Packard was a splash – throughout the 1920s, Packard exported more vehicles than any of its competition. In 1930, Packard sold twice as many $2,000+ cars abroad than any other manufacturer. This popularity, along with a very conservative management style, allowed the company to build nearly $20 million in assets during the 1920s. In 1928 alone, the company enjoyed close to $22 million in sales, absolutely proving Packard’s commanding position in the marketplace. Because of this, Packard was much better prepared to stave off the Great Depression when it arrived in 1929.

Through the Depression, Packard continued to shine brightly as an aspirational brand, a producer of premium automobiles, and many regard those from the 1934 model year as some of the most definitive of Packard designs. It set the tone for the next few years, sustaining subtle cues from previous models, but bringing about styling and engineering revisions such as extended front fenders over a slotted front bumper, new running boards and door handles, improved rear seat visibility thanks to a higher position, a new license plate bracket mounted to the taillight, and new higher-grade upholstery options. The 1934 Packard Eights also benefit from oil coolers and an oil filter, self-lubricating suspension, ride control, and, of course, the 120-horsepower inline eight-cylinder engine. Of the various Packards offered in 1934, the 1101 Coupe Roadster is frequently cited as being one of the most desirable, accommodating four passengers when employing the rumble seat.

This particular 1101 Coupe Roadster is Chassis No. 377895, presented in striking, two-tone silver and dark red colors with a matching red leather interior and a tan cloth convertible top. Interestingly, the frame has been painted silver, a marketing tool Packard would employ for display vehicles by providing more component and suspension visibility to would-be buyers, according to the seller’s research. Wide whitewall tires wrap matching dark red wire wheels. Well-optioned with a heater and a trunk, the sporty Coupe Roadster also hosts dual side-mounted spare tires with metal covers topped with sideview mirrors, Trippe driving lights, twin windshield wipers, and a golf club compartment complete with a set of period-correct golf clubs. Packard's signature Cormorant proudly stands atop the chromed radiator shell and blends in seamlessly and beautifully with the mascot. Inside, passengers will revel in an interior of 1930s modern motoring upon supportive but supple seats, aluminum appointments balanced by extensive wood trim, and, of course, the option of protective, top-up driving or more adventuresome, top-down cruising. The Packard Club estimates between 260 and 270 1101 Coupe Roadsters were built in 1934, and of those it is thought that only about 30 remain, marking this recognized classic exceptionally sought-after.

Upon its acquisition eight years ago, the current owner sent the Packard to Sanders Restoration in Rockford, Illinois to dial in its mechanicals, ensuring a solid and reliable 1101 with a sporting and elegant appearance. Since the visit to Sanders, the owner has enjoyed many frequent trouble-free and exhilarating drives. Additionally, the consignor commissioned a complete refresh of the cockpit including high quality English hides, door panels and carpet. Today, handsomely presented, this Packard Coupe Roadster serves as a wonderful driving car that is very comfortable at both shows and events. The current owner hopes the next caretaker will enjoy the thrill and pride of ownership as much as he has.

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