1931 Packard 840 Deluxe Eight

Engine No. 190462
Not sold at a high bid of
Lot Number
Older Restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis No. 47196, Engine No. 190462. Maroon with dark maroon fenders and accents with beige cloth top over tan leather. 385-cid, 120-hp L-8, 3-speed manual. Dual cloth-covered sidemounts with mirrors, chrome-spoke wire wheels, wide whitewalls, wind wings, Pilot-Ray lights, radiator stone guard, folding rear seat windscreen-side windows, spotlights, full weather equipment.

Evaluation: Older restoration | Concours-quality old restoration from the 1970s that has been maintained in marvelous condition but is showing some paint checking, a few chips, scrapes, water staining, and discoloration of the top. Impressive engine compartment with wonderful finishes, even on the exhaust manifold. A car to be owned and driven proudly.

Bottom Line: This desirable Packard got little attention during Gooding’s online auction, advancing to this price the day before bids closed and attracting not a single bid during the final day. The ’70s restoration has been carefully preserved by a succession of caring owners, such that its age is barely apparent. Nevertheless, selling an older restored classic online is not going to be easy under any circumstances.

by Hagerty Editor
20 August 2020
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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