1931 Packard 840

Custom Eight Roadster
Mecum exceeds $200M in Kissimmee
Thursday, 6 January - Sunday, 16 January 2022
Sale Price
$175,000 - $225,000
Est. Range
14 January 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 189075. Dark blue with black accents and beige cloth top over dark blue leather. 385/120hp inline eight, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts, Pilot Rays, luggage rack, dual spotlights, rumble seat, "donut-chaser". Ex-Frank Buck, Dan Sargent and John Mozart.

Evaluation: Unnumbered CCCA National First Prize. Restored in 1975 and winner of a laundry list of AACA and CCCA awards. Sound old paint beginning to dull out, with edge chips from use. Sound surface creased upholstery. Oily, dirty engine compartment and chassis. A quality old restoration that has been driven extensively and is holding up well but showing the miles.

Bottom Line: Sold by Christie’s at Pebble Beach in 1998 for $162,000. In 2003 Christie’s again sold it at Pebble Beach, that time for $110,000 where its odometer showed 64,724 miles. The mileage today is 68,232, 3508 miles in almost two decades. RM sold it at Hershey in 2018 for $148,500 and its condition has deteriorated despite adding only 117 miles since then. It is and always has been a special car with informed and caring owners who have treated it with the respect and deference it was due, but this result is a triumph for its condition and the age of its restoration.

by Rick Carey
22 January 2022

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