For sale and on display at the St. Louis Car Museum is a stunning
1932 Packard Deluxe Eight 904 5/7 Passenger Sedan with a Maroon
finish that is highly complimented by a beautiful Tan interior!
This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a show ready CCCA Full
Classic that makes for a perfect addition to any collection.
History About Packard's Deluxe Eight 904 5/7 Passenger Model:
Packard's continued domination in the American luxury car market
was further emphasized in 1932 with the introduction of chassis and
engine improvements, making all models both smoother and quieter!
These changes came from a redesign of the chassis to utilize a
double drop frame that was also 2" longer allowing the bodies to
sit lower to the ground, in addition to a revised Bijur chassis
lubrication system that now automatically lubed 40 points on the
Deluxe chassis. It also incorporated special stabilizer bumpers to
better absorb wheel vibrations, and a dual-piece prop shaft was
adopted with a rubberized carrier bearing to further reduce engine
vibration and road noise. Engine compression was upped to 6.0:1
increasing horsepower to 135hp along with new rubber engine mounts
and larger air cleaner to quiet the action of the Detroit
Lubricator carburetor, both aiding further noise reduction.
Only two select 904 body styles were available with 7-passenger
accommodations on a slightly longer 147.5" Deluxe chassis, their
differences being only an interior partition glass divider window.
The resulting Deluxe Eight 904 chassis was truly superb! Only 700
Deluxe Eight 904 Sedans were built, with this particular example
being virtually all original with a documented ownership history
from new! A superb candidate for Preservation & Survivor Class
judging! A CCCA Full Classic!
About Our Available Classic Packard For Sale:
This 1932 Packard Deluxe Eight 904 5/7-Passenger Sedan was
purchased new by Rudolph & Florence D. from Brooklyn, NY on
December 10th, 1932. They were an affluent family with Rudolph
being a successful attorney, raising a large family of 11 children.
Sadly, Mr. Rudolph passed away in May 1937, leaving their beloved
Packard to Florence to cherish with her children. It would be used
most at their New Hampshire estate, where it remained stored in a
wonderful carriage house. When Florence passed in December 1954,
the Packard continued to remain with the family and looked after
carefully in honor of their mother, even having the original engine
professionally rebuilt by Richard Knight of Rockport, MA in 1989.
In 2005, the decision was made that the car would be given to the
estate caretaker as a gift.
This caretaker, living in nearby Maine, would continue to enjoy
this special Packard 904 Sedan in parades, children's weddings, and
special events through February 2010. He was already aware of a
passionate collector from Andover, Massachusetts named Bob
Castignetti, who had always wanted the Packard since first lying
eyes on it in the summer of 1971. This collector was introduced to
the car through his priest that had married him and his wife that
year. Small talk of his desire to own a Packard led him to the
Errol, NH estate to meet Francis D�mm, daughter of the original
owners. The family was kind enough to show him the Packard, but had
no intentions to let it go just yet. He made a simple request to be
notified if the car was ever to be sold, that he be called for an
opportunity to own it. That chance meeting that day created a
continued relationship with the family for many years, with
conversations commonly ending with subtle suggestions that he still
wanted the classic Packard. You can imagine his dismay when he
learned they simply gave it away some 34 years later!
Luckily, the caretaker made good on the request after his time with
the car was done, finally selling it to Mr. Castignetti in February
2010. A dream fulfilled after 39 years, Bob's enthusiasm for this
all original, untouched Packard remained ecstatic! His stewardship
for this exceptional Packard was steadfast, and it continues to run
and drive quite wonderfully today! He would pass along his
ownership in 2019, and the St. Louis Car Museum would acquire it
exactly one year later in June 2020.
This beautiful classic Packard has never been repainted as it wears
the original finish applied by the hands of the Packard craftsmen,
as well as a completely original, factory-upholstered interior!
Outside of an engine overhaul some 30 years ago, newer tires
installed by the estate caretaker and routine maintenance over the
years, this 98,532 mile Packard remains original! The opportunity
to see it firsthand is just delightful! Included with this Deluxe
Eight will be family photographs of the times they used the Packard
for summer trips between their Brooklyn residence to the Errol
estate in the summers. Even images of the Packard sitting proudly
road side while they visited Mount Washington on vacation, with
stops to explore, rest at area hotels, and visit communities along
the way. These black and white images show history when things
moved at a far different pace than they do today. All available
ownership history, some past registration records, license tags,
etc. will be included inside two binders with the sale. We look
forward to being a part of this Packard's adventure and hope the
next lucky owners share it with the enthusiasm at CCCA events and
Caravans, or even enter it into Concours events in Preservation
Class. Our experts are sure this Packard beauty could easily bring
home some deserving trophies!
To learn more about this Packard Deluxe Eight 904 for sale, contact
Jon Faust at (800)957-5707 or by emailing
Finance & Shipping options available to
those who qualify!