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For Sale: 1929 Packard 640
in Cleveland, Ohio

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Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
26210 Emery Rd
Cleveland, OH 44128-2251
Exceptional restoration that is still ready to compete. 140 inch wheelbase, 385 cubic inch straight-8, and loaded with accessories. Show or tour, but a spectacular car in every way.

Shockingly, the restoration on this 1929 Packard 640 sport roadster is nearly 20 years old, but don’t write it off as tired, as it has just over 100 miles since it was completed and has spent the last two decades moving around in protected trailers. It is still very close to a 100-point automobile, with perhaps the only deductions coming from some slightly worn paint on the front axle (perhaps where it was winched into the trailer) and maybe—just maybe—a few signs of heat-cycling on the engine. The body is immaculate, with expertly finished sheetmetal and gracefully curving fenders and paint that was rubbed and buffed to an impossible shine. Chrome is, of course, show quality throughout with exceptional detail on the goddess of speed hood ornament. It also includes accessories like the grille guard, twin Pilot Ray lamps up front, a driver’s side spotlight, and dual sidemounts with metal covers.

The stunning leather interior was somehow perfectly matched to the bodywork, matching it without looking gaudy. Showing only the most minor signs of use, the leather is smooth, supple, and supportive and the detailing is exceptional. The standard Packard instrument panel shows a wonderful woodgrained surface with a full complement of instruments, all of which are fully functional. The top is tan canvas piped in matching orange leather, and please note the two little tabs on the rear bow to help protect the top when it’s folded. The rumble seat is upholstered to match and includes fold-out leather armrests to protect the finish as well as to prevent burns after a long day in the hot sun. A full set of side curtains is, of course, part of the package.

Packard’s 385 cubic inch straight-8 was among the most powerful engines in 1929, but its real calling card is immense and effortless torque. The big eight idles almost silently, but pulls with the urgency of an electric locomotive on the road. Thanks to the concours-quality restoration, the engine details are exact, from the Packard Green engine enamel that’s as smooth and shiny as the paint on most other cars’ bodywork, to the lovely black porcelainized manifolds that are still glossy and bright. Correct cloth wiring, unique screw-on caps for the spark plugs, and that massive aluminum crankcase make the engine bay a symphony of colors and textures, all of them highly accurate. The 3-speed manual transmission is unsynchronized, so you do need to double-clutch it, but the effort is light and it’s very easy to master. The chassis was painted to match the fenders and is highlighted by stainless fasteners throughout, and lovely 20-inch chrome wire wheels are fitted with 7.00-20 Denman wide whitewall tires that still look like new.

Extremely impressive, with wonderful preservation and a recent complete mechanical check-up, this senior Packard could still be competitive on the show field and would make a powerful and enjoyable tour vehicle. Discover why Packards are so popular, because this is the best of the best.

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Pricing Information
Asking Price
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Vehicle Location

United States
City, State
Cleveland, OH
Vehicle Basics

Trim Level
Sport Roadster

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Vehicle Category/Style


Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Brick Red and Tan

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Exterior

Interior Details

Brick Red

Seat Material

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Interior

Engine Details

Engine Configuration
Straight Eight

Engine Size
385 cubic inches

Engine History

Engine Condition

Transmission Details

Transmission Type

Drive Train
Rear-wheel drive

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