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For Sale: 1926 Packard Eight in Saint Louis, Missouri

Vehicle Description

From nearly the moment the first Packard emerged in November 1899, and throughout the pre-WWII era, Packard held the unofficial title of America's Finest Automobile. Their innovative engineering and superior build quality attracted the attention of wealthy clients. Throughout the 1910s and 1920s, Packard ranked alongside Peerless and Pierce-Arrow, this elite trio of the US automobile industry known as the 'Three P's.' Dissatisfaction with his Winton motor carriage is said to have spurred James Ward Packard to build a superior automobile. The Packard's innovative engineering and exceptional build quality soon attracted wealthy clients' attention, including William D Rockefeller, who purchased two at the New York Automobile Show in November 1900. Introduced in 1924, Packard's first eight-cylinder car - the Single Eight - was also the company's first to employ such niceties as four-wheel brakes. The nine-bearing sidevalve inline-eight engine had a compression ratio of 4.51 to 1 and developed a robust 85bhp at 3,000rpm from 357.8 cubic inches. Even with the average model weighing in at about 4,000 pounds, the engine could propel the new Single Eight to speeds as high as 80mph. Such performance, refinement, and quality further cemented Packard's already impeccable reputation, and the new eight-cylinder model cast the mold for a new generation of prestigious motorcars. As the recipient of a complete restoration in the 1980s, this rare and stylish Model 236 Runabout Roadster still presents in excellent condition throughout. In the previous owner's care for the past 16 years, it was stored in a temperature-controlled environment and regularly maintained by an onsite mechanic. With a 136- inch wheelbase mated to a sporty roadster body, the combination makes for an incredible driver with a sleek and smooth aesthetic, thanks to the lack of side-mounted spare wheels. Noteworthy factory accessories include a radiator stone guard, cowl lights, drum headlights, additional center headlight mounted to steering, disc wheels with black-wall tires, step plates on running boards, golf bag door to access the rumble seat area. The body is finished in a beautiful two-tone red over dark red livery with matching red disc wheels. Lustrous paint and attractive brightwork reveal the quality of the restoration and the care it has received throughout the years. The interior has been adorned in saddle-colored leather, which compliments the red paint nicely. Wood trim and glass are also in fine condition rounding out the vehicle's overall excellent condition. The tan-colored canvas top is also in great order and includes a matching boot cover and side curtains. Lifting the hood reveals a tidy engine bay, with signs of occasional use and age-appropriate patina to some of the finishes. Mechanically, the car runs well and is ideal for enjoyment on scenic drives or touring with enthusiast clubs. As an excellent addition, the sale will include a rebuildable spare 1926 Packard Eight engine core and transmission. One of the sportiest roadsters built by Packard, this 236 Runabout was marketed to the youthful, active motoring enthusiast. Still to this day, the car employs a sleek flowing look compared to its competitors of the same era. Being one of the more expensive cars of its time, the Packard Standard Eight 236 Roadster is a rare car today, with few surfacing on the open market. This example presents an outstanding opportunity to add one of the smoothest driving and sportiest looking roadsters from the 'Roaring Twenties' to your stable. Offers welcome and trades considered For additional details please view this listing directly on our website

Vehicle Details

  • 1926 Packard Eight
  • Listing ID:CC-1504962
  • Price:$98,500
  • Location:Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1926
  • Make:Packard
  • Model:Eight
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:7024
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