106 bhp, 384.8 cu in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with leaf-spring suspension, solid rear axle with hypoid gear drive, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 145.5 in.
With new styling overseen by famed designer Ray Dietrich, the Seventh Series Packard models debuted on August 29, 1929, sporting lower, sleeker lines and the beautifully flowing front fenders so emblematic of the Classic Era. New headlamps and the repositioning of the lights from the cowl to the front fenders were other notable stylistic changes. Even though a wide range of custom bodies were available from the finest coachbuilders of the time, most Packards were production cars, and they were well built, luxurious, smooth, and very quiet nonetheless. Even these were frighteningly expensive, selling for the price of a very nice house.
Mechanically speaking, 1930 marked the first time Packard did not build its own carburettor, opting instead for an outsourced Detroit Lubricator updraft unit to feed its eight-cylinder engine. A new low gear was added to the three-speed gearbox to create a smooth-starting four-speed. Cooling was improved by a redesigned water pump with dual fan belts, and the slightly sloped grille was fitted with thermostatically controlled shutters. Five more lubrication points were added to the 1930 models, and Packard claimed that the standard Bijur lubricator dash control with its ‘Pull Daily’ handle accomplished the work of ’43 men with 43 oil cans.’
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.
Fitted with 6 firestone Gum F Dipped high speed heavy duty tires, and also offered with 4 winter tires, luggage suitcase on its steel luggage rack. The Packard 745 is a rare car with 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 for the huge 145.5-inch wheelbase Super Eight Packard, which makes the 745 Roadster one of the most special and iconic cars of all time.