The success of the new Packard 120 base model in 1935 led the company dedicating nearly half of it’s workforce to the production of the new model which made up 90% of the companies sales.
Skipping a logical 13th series on superstitious grounds the remainder of the companies employees worked on building the senior eights and rarer of all 14th Series Twelves featuring sleek new styling with a radiator raked back 5 degrees.
From a total production of 55,042 Packards only 682 Twelves were built in 1936 and as with the earlier 12th series they were sold with 15 different body options.
The 1408 Convertible Sedan was the second heaviest of the 14th Series model range weighing in at 5,945 lbs, at $5,050 it was als the second most expensive behind the 5,950 lb Phaeton which cost $6,290.
This example owned by Earl Rubenstein placed third in
CLASS S1L – CCCA American Late 1936-1947 Open of the 2014 San Marino Motor Classic where it was photographed by Geoffrey Horton.
My thanks to Geoffrey for sharing the photographs, thanks for joining me on this “Sleek Racy 5° Raked Back Radiator” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow for a Friday FIAT. Don’t forget to come back now !
With sales still plummeting from 55,000 in 1928 to 28,000 in 1930 Packard had little option but to keep going after the dwindling high end market it knew it catered to well in 1931.
The Eighth Series Packards were offered on the same centrally lubricated chassis as the 1930 Seventh Series.
By using larger intake and exhaust valves with a three-piece manifold that featured a cylindrical heater chamber to preheat the mixture Packard engineers managed to get 15hp power more from the 384.8 cui / 6.3 litre straight eight making 120hp in total.
The 1931 840 Rumble Seat Roadster would be the last to be supplied without door window’s and therefore the last true Packard roadster to be built.
Just 626 840 DeLuxe Rumble Seat Roadsters would be built before the introduction of the Ninth Series in June 1931.
My thanks to Geoffrey Horton for sharing these photographs taken at San Marino Motor Classic, a couple of years ago.
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Emile Darl’mat was a Peugeot dealer with a body shop who started offering special bodied Peugeot 302 and 402 based coupes and cabriolets in the 1930’s and went so far as to enter a team of cars for the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1937 and 1938.
Today’s featured car is based on the Peugeot 302 but fitted with an 1991 cc / 121 cui four cylinder engine from the larger 402 which could be tuned by Darl’Mat to give up to 15hp more power than the standard 55hp. The deco body work was designed by Georges Paulin and built by Carrosserie Pourtout.
Chassis #705538 resided for many years with the Schlumpf Collection in Alsace and was brought up to it’s present condition by the Mullin Automotive Museum after being purchased by Peter W. Mullin.
Thanks for joining me on this “Dealers Special” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow for the first of several visits to this years Silver Jubilee Silverstone Classic. Don’t forget to come back now !