The seventh series (1930 model) encompassed three sub-series: the Standard Eight, Speedster and Custom & Deluxe Eight (respective references 740 and 745). The latter represented Packard’s top of the range, and were fitted with the largest engine in existence: an in-line eight-cylinder 6.4-litre with side valves, developing a modest 106bhp at 3000rpm, but with generous torque, and impressively quiet.
The bodies of such exceptional cars were, of course, assigned to such leading names as LeBaron, Brewster, Dietrich and Rollston. More than 11 different chassis models were available for the 745, which had front seats and adjustable steering (for clients without a chauffeur), laminated glass windows, and dual-mounted spare wheels, among other luxury fittings.
The 745 Roadster is arguably the most beautifully designed option for the seventh series and fitted with dickie seats in the rear and telescopic windscreen, in many ways, this dashing and well-proportioned style, which was so appropriate to country estates and summer homes, defined the 1930s Classic Era.
This outstanding roadster, with its stunning colours and dedication to authenticity, is a car that gathers its fair share of stares; while also offering the ultimate experience on any tour.
The Packard Company slogan, ‘Ask the man who owns one,’ was never more clearly defined than in this beautiful roadster from Packard’s past.
Offered from a prestigious private Packard collection where it has remained over the past 16 years, this wonderful example has been fastidiously maintained during this time. Its owner, wielding a no-expense spared mentality when it comes down to the upkeep of his cars, with this one being no exception, enjoys driving his cars!
Attending numerous concourse events and rally’s over the years, including winning National First Prize at the Automobile club of America in 1975, more recently # 183412 has taken part in several Alpine Rally’s including the renowned Kitzbüheler, said to be one of the most beautiful classic car events in the Alps.
Fitted with 6 firestone Gum F Dipped high-speed heavy-duty tires, and also offered with 4 winter tires, and luggage case on its steel luggage rack. The Packard 745 is a rare car of which just 1,789 produced, with approximately only 50 being roadsters and it’s estimated that less than ten still exist.
1930 was the only year that the 145.5-inch wheelbase Super Eight Packard was produced, making this 745 Roadster one of the most special and iconic cars of all time.