We began restoration of this car in August, 2011, the car was completed at the end of August, 2103.
This rare Packard received a careful restoration with particular attention paid to retaining original finshes and processes wherever possible. The chassis was stripped, blasted with walnut shell media and coated with a heavy-duty satin black paint. The body was also blasted with walnut shell, repairs to the wood framing were made where necessary and the original wood framework was treated to preserve it's integrity. Our skilled painters did a beautiful job of the bodywork and paint using modern materials in the original colours.
The engine, transmission and differential were in good condition when the car was received. As a result, a freshening of the internal components and replacement of seals and bearings were all that was required. The engine runs so smoothly and quietly that the cooling fan and drive belts can be heard over the engine.
The interior has been reupholstered in blue Scottish leather, the seats have been re-sprung and re-stuffed. The convertible top has been recovered in black. The dash and door trims were originally woodgrained metal, a complicated paint process is used to simulate wood burl on a metal surface. When we received the car, the woodgrained surfaces had been covered with some sort of woodgrained vinyl decal. This was stripped off and the parts were sent to an artisan who was able to reproduce the correct original woodgrain using the original processes. We're very happy with the results.
This car was restored sometime earlier in it's life, perhaps 30-40 years ago judging by the paint quality and interior materials. As a result, some of the chromed items on the car had been buffed quite heavily during the last re-chrome process and had lost much of their detail. We worked closely with a professional hand engraver to reproduce the missing lettering and texture on these parts and are very pleased with the results.
During the restoration, we found a sticker affixed to the outside of the passenger's glovebox. This sticker has the date the car was tested at Packard's test track, the average speed attained and the tester's initals. The sticker was preserved and is still in it's original location. This car was originally sold by Goldner Brothers Motor Company in Germantown, Pennsylvania on June 22, 1934.
The Convertible coupe was the most sporting bodystyle offered by Packard in 1934 and remains the most popular. These cars are fitted with a comfortable rumble seat and a door on the passenger's side to store your golf bag. A golf bag door was added on both sides in the 1935 designs.
These cars give impressive performance for their era. They are fitted with a 445 cubic inch V-12 engine which makes 160hp at 3200rpm and 366lb/ft of torque at 1200rpm. Packard's figures are reported to be quite conservative with most engines testing at closer to 200hp and 400lb/ft. Packard stated the maximum speed as 103mph with a standard rear axle ratio but a "high speed" gearset was also available.
Estimates put the Convertible coupe production at fifty units with approximately seventeen surviving. We have had reports that this car is the second Coupe Roadster built.
These cars were very well built and well equipped, this model has a full complement of gauges including engine oil level and a Waltham eight-day clock. The car is also equipped with a Bijur chassis lubricator system, Bragg-Kliesrath variable boost power brakes and Delco-Lovejoy double-acting, adjustable shock absorbers. All these items are factory fitted.
This explains the price tag associated with these cars. To get the incredible performance and luxury of a Packard Coupe Roadster, you would pay around $4500.00 in 1934, depending on the options.
In contrast, a 1934 Ford roadster, well equipped was around $600.00
Like the advertising says: "Ask the man who owns one."