For those who’ve always desired a classic pre-war luxury car but were scared off by the lofty values, the Pick of the Day offers one of the greatest names in vintage motoring for a relatively attainable price.
The 1929 Packard 640 Super Eight Phaeton is one of those grand classics from a bygone era that still turns heads and excites enthusiasts today. The four-door convertible has dual windshields with wind wings, side-mount spares, period running lights and a “sliding boy” mascot mounted on the radiator cap.
“The older restoration has held up very well and the Packard can now be driven on any current tour with confidence,” according to the private seller in St. Louis, Missouri, advertising the Packard on ClassicCars.com. “The straight-eight engine performs extremely well, as expected of a Packard.”
The Phaeton was originally sold new in Pennsylvania to a Mr. Fairchild, and was restored in 1964 by his son, the seller says in the ad. A “well-known collector in Indiana” bought the car in 1994, and the current owner purchased it in 2014.
“From 2014 until the present time, it has been maintained and upgraded by restorer Bob McKeown in Ohio,” the owner says. “The focus was to make it ‘tour-ready’ and retain the charm of the older restoration.
“Items replaced included the wiring harness, heavy-duty battery cables, added turn signals in the running lights, a rebuilt water pump, radiator, etc. etc. “
The 1929 Packards were noted as substantially improved mechanically over previous model years, and maintained the brand’s reputation for style, comfort and durability. These was expensive luxury vehicles, and after the 1929 stock market crash and resulting Depression, Packards struggled to survive along with other high-end vehicles.
This Phaeton looks very nice in the photos with the ad, and apparently is holding up well after its long-ago restoration. The seller notes that “a personal inspection will also disclose how well the paint and chrome have been maintained over the years.”
The asking price of $120,000 seems fair enough for this 89-year-old beauty.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.