The Sixth Series exemplifies Packard's impeccable reputation, with
smooth, refined 8-cylinder engines across the range and exquisite
coachwork that immediately identified Packard owners as possessing
the finest available in performance, luxury and style. It was
August 1928 when Packard introduced the 640 Custom line, and the
Roaring Twenties were in full swing. The stock market crash of 1929
was over a year away, without so much as a hint of its possibility.
In early 1929 Packard even introduced their first sports car, the
famed 626 Speedster, for Twenties gents who couldn't wait to spend
their anticipated profits from the surging stock market. Perhaps
the most flamboyant of all the 1929 Packards was the 640 Custom
Eight Roadster, a snappy two-seater with a rumble seat, set on the
long 140 �" wheelbase chassis that was typically the reserve of
large, commodious 5- and 7-passenger enclosed bodies. It was
conspicuous consumption of a very Twenties character with Packard's
usual balance of flair and refinement which endears it to today's
collectors as one of the most desirable models of the era. This
1929 Packard 640 Custom Roadster is an excellent example of this
sought-after model. It is well-restored and maintained and also
lavishly equipped with numerous period-correct accessories. The
handsome livery consists of a cream body accented by Brewster Green
fenders, wire wheels and frame aprons. The green theme carries over
to the marvelous leather upholstery which protected by a beige
canvas top. Front fenders house a pair of side-mount spares with
beige cloth covers, and at the back is a folding luggage rack with
wooden slats. The opening windshield has both windwings and a
searchlight on the driver's side. A pair of Trippe Speedlights
illuminate the road in front of the stone guard-equipped radiator,
topped with a Goddess of Speed (affectionately known as the "donut
chaser") mascot. This gorgeous Packard was restored some time ago,
as indicated by the 1994 AACA National First Prize badge, yet it
has been well-maintained and cared for subsequently and presents
very well with sound paint, interior, glass and top. The big 385
cubic-inch engine provides ample performance, sending its 105
horsepower through a three-speed transmission. As desirable in the
21st century as it was 92 years ago when it was built, this Packard
640 Roadster invites the driver and passenger to take to the open
road on a search for adventure that began almost a century ago.
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1929 Packard 640
Location:Saint Louis, Missouri
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