1928 Packard 533 Roadster


In 1898 James Ward Packard, an electric lamp manufacturer of Warren, Ohio, bought his first car, a Winton. Dissatisfied with it, Packard decided to design and build his own car. By 1903, with a new factory in Detroit, Packard was rapidly becoming one of America’s leading car manufacturers. Its reputation was founded upon fine engineering, long life, early racing success and great 12-cylinder luxury cars.

Clearly recognizable by distinct yoke-shaped radiators and fluted hoods, Packard projected an aura of prestige and excellence; the Packard workmanship was also favourable compared to that of Rolls-Royce. As early as 1903, Packard established the first factory school in auto engineering with regular classes for employees, later expanded to month-long courses in car maintenance and repair for Packard chauffeurs and owners. In the early years, Packard took an unusual step in the USA by establishing its own factory dealerships, selling directly to the public rather than through independent agencies.

In order to maintain their high standards of quality, Packard decided to build as many parts as possible in-house. A total of 12 body styles were offered in the 5th series of 1928 for the 526 and 533 Models. Production began on 1st July 1927, and ended on 1st August 1928. 41,750 vehicles were produced of the two series combined; 13,414 of the 533 models were produced in seven body styles. The 533 was certainly one of the prettiest small cars available.

This extremely rare right hand drive Roadster example was sold in 1928 from W C Gaunt in London, and has remained in the UK ever since.

UC 1064 was purchased by the present vendor in 2012 from a Mrs Hughes who had owned the car for some 39 years, during which time the vehicle was dry stored. The present owner restored it in 2012, and it is today presented in lovely condition throughout.

This is a matching numbers motor car and the bodywork is finished in fine Azure Blue over Sable Black with a Dove Grey leather interior. Its distinctive Roadster body with its occasional seat in the rear – or ‘Dickie’ seat as it’s commonly known – make this a very attractive model indeed, and it comes with a black hood and side screens.

Its smooth running 6 cylinder engine provides the incumbent with effortless touring capabilities with enough room to take the family on European trips, or even just a quick jaunt down the road. This is not an opportunity to be missed – a rare American classic in wonderful condition.

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ESTIMATE £30,000 - £40,000-

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015
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lot details

Lot Number 193
Registration Number UC 1064
Chassis Number 144133B
Year 1928
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