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Lot 376
1927 Packard 336 Eight Phaeton


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From The Rockhound Collection; The Ex-Franklin D. Roosevelt


• Notably used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to visit his Works Progress Administration projects
• Older comprehensive restoration draped in a unique color scheme
• Equipped with original gun holsters sewn into the doors for secret service agents
• Desirable dual-windshield Phaeton

384.8 cid eight-cylinder engine, 109 HP, three-speed selective manual transmission, semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear, four-wheel mechanical brakes, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 136”

Introduced to the public in 1924, Packard became the first American automaker to volume produce a vehicle with both an inline eight-cylinder engine and four-wheel brakes. The Packard Eight was available with an ever-increasing catalog of custom coachwork and made quick time of becoming the choice for luxury on wheels. Stylish looks and the powerful Packard Eight engine fueled the rich and famous of the era, resulting in movie stars, tycoons and even politicians purchasing them. The 1927 straight models had the most advanced eight-cylinder engines Packard ever offered. They came with aluminum pistons, turbo head combustion chamber, a revised manifold, and a bore increased to 3-1/2 inches to increase displacement to 384.8 cubic inches and 109 horsepower. Power was dispensed, of course, through a three-speed selective transmission and two-plate clutch.

Originally purchased by the U.S. Government, this 1927 Packard Five Passenger Phaeton was specifically requested by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for its patriotic colors, lavish looks, and interior comforts. FDR was known as a Packard man and had a couple of different models in his fleet throughout his four terms, most were used for parades and such, but he used this particular example regularly to promote and inspect his Works Progress Administration (WPA) that he had implemented. The WPA was the largest and most comprehensive of Roosevelt’s New Deal agencies, which was used to get Americans back to work building roads, bridges, dams and national parks. FDR preferred to travel in open-air vehicles such as this one because they accommodated his disabilities better and allowed the public to see him out in full force.

No doubt costing a few more dollars than a normal Packard would because it was ordered by the government, it came with a few special features to meet the standards of being a Presidential vehicle. A unique feature, which is still intact and in the car today, is the gun holsters sewn into the door panels for secret service agents to holster extra weapons in case of an ambush. Other features on this luxurious ride include an original Goddess of Speed and Packard motor meter hood ornament, spare tires with cloth covers mounted on each side of the front fenders, dual cowl spotlights, a Packard accessory trunk with a matching boot cover, and, of course, a folding windshield mounted to the back of the front bench seat to be deployed for those sitting in the rear. The famed Packard eight-cylinder engine and three-speed selective manual transmission are in well-working order, allowing for the next caretaker to enjoy this Presidential Packard out and about on the road. Attached to the manual shifter in the cabin is a vintage red and white marble shifter knob that ties in with the entire color scheme of the vehicle.

Regularly used by the 32nd President of the United States, this presidential 1927 Packard Five Passenger Phaeton is one that should be on every pre-war collector's list, not only because of its historic value, but also because its unique and possibly one-of-a-kind color combination that sets it apart from every other 1927 Packard.

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