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Lot 657
1928 Packard Series 526 Convertible Coupe


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CHASSIS NO: 125040

• CCCA Spring Grand Classic Award First Place winner in 1997
• Stunning in black paint with red trim and red leather interior
• Museum kept for over 45 years and exceptionally well-maintained
• A rare Packard model of very high quality

289 cid L-head inline six-cylinder engine, 81 HP, three-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes, front solid and rear live axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs; wheelbase: 126”

It is very easy to argue the case that Packard’s glory days were in the late 1920s and early 1930s. During this time, the famed Detroit automaker was building some of the finest automobiles on the market. The over-engineered nature of the chassis earned a reputation for exceptional reliability. Packard also offered a staggering array of body, chassis and engine combinations that could be tailored to suit virtually any client. And for their most discerning clientele, a chassis could be fitted with a bespoke body by any one of twenty custom coach builders at their disposal. Packards of this era were grand and imposing and considered by many to be the very finest automobiles of their time.

Packard introduced its new models, titled as 1928s, on July 1, 1927. It marked the final year for the legendary Six, until it returned post-Depression in 1937. Like the new Custom Eights, the Six received new rubber engine mounts and a refined cylinder lubrication system operating through the intake manifold, as well as a standard oil filter. New 32 × 6.75 tires gave the cars a lower appearance. In the end, the recipe worked, and it was another record year for Packard, which produced 49,698 vehicles during the extra-long calendar year 1928.

This lovely 526 Convertible Coupe was on display in a noted classic car museum for over 45 years. It is one of the most seldom seen Packard body styles for 1928, and this Convertible Coupe was equipped at the factory with dual golf club doors and very unique dual rear lamps. When sold in the ‘90s, it was sympathetically restored, including paint and interior. The front seat and rumble seat are upholstered in period-appropriate heavy-grain red leather and the doors and dash are capped with beautiful wood trim. When completed, it won the Classic Car Club of America’s 1997 Grand Classic Senior Division First Place Ring, which is proudly displayed on the car. The black body with red trim, matching red disc wheels, and an ivory canvas top make for a handsome period-correct combination. The running boards are like new, and it is nicely equipped with a driver’s side spotlight, a Pilot Ray lamp, and a rear-mounted spare. The paint remains in beautiful condition, and the signature chrome radiator shell is excellent, as are the proper drum headlights. Finishes and details are correct and done to a very high standard. Proper Packard Green paint adorns the engine, and it is well-detailed, showing only minor signs that it has seen some use. It is a wonderfully honest and inviting example that has been carefully used and enjoyed as intended since the restoration was completed.

This is one pre-war car that simply begs to be taken out for an epic adventure. It is very well-sorted, mechanically speaking, and the cosmetics are to a standard where they can be shown with pride in their current state. It is, of course, fully approved by the CCCA for any of their touring events. This is the sort of Packard that you can drive to a show, enjoy a day in the sun and drive home without worry. With prestige, power, and presence, this stunning 526 Convertible Coupe is simply one of the very best looking Packards of its time. It’s an ideal car for an enthusiast who loves the classics and wants a vehicle that’s ready to be enjoyed and shared.

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