For Sale: 1928 Packard 526 in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

This 1928 Packard 526 two-passenger rumble seat coupe is a machine for the person who knows the difference between a car show and a concours. After all, a Packard was a sign of wealth and distinction when it was new, and the reputation has only grown on a well-resorted and well-respected example like this.

Packards have always been about providing premium motoring, but this one shows a high level of class in its authenticity. The bodywork, chrome grille, solid pinstripe wheels, lights, and all other major components look like they were in the care of someone who knew that maintaining did not mean fidgeting. The story we're told is that this was in long-term storage in a dry New Mexico climate. It was a bit of a barn find when it was resurrected, and it was given a proper restoration in the late 1990s by someone who understood the details correctly. In fact, this one represents one of the most interesting parts of Packard's history. These were not built like other Detroit machines that wanted you to trade in and trade up every few years. Packards wanted to have a lasting quality (it was great for vigor and the reputation, but it often meant no customer needed to buy another.) And this one takes that level of character to heart because it's beautifully sleek and clean overall condition means you won't know the age of the restoration unless we told you. The two-tone green body has a smooth and high-gloss finish to bring added attention to this subtly sophisticated color combo. And everything is thoughtfully coordinated, which is why the pinstripe on the body is repeated on the wheels, and the black fenders go so well with the black vinyl roof cover. And there are also just the right hints of originality. Pieces like the matching spare on the rear and material on the back of the tumble seat appear like they are approaching the century mark. The age of these pieces is unconfirmed, but they have the kind of appearance that will certainly be a catalyst to talk about this barn find's story.

The interior goes for more of that authentic feeling, right down to the large four-spoke steering wheel with spark retard controls. But there's also the right solid driver feeling you want on a car like this. It comes from good body seals, an updated bench seat, and a more accurate readout for the very important engine temperature. There might be a place or two that could use a new lacquer finish or a refresh to the carpeting. But that's only if you're looking to get picky on a car that has an authentic sense of style while also giving you the right updates to still lead the parade. After all, everyone from grandchildren to dignitaries looks good in a Packard's rumble seat.

Powering this Packard is the 289 cubic-inch L-head straight six, which is said to have been rebuilt during the restoration, and the consignor believes is original to the car. The clean style is at the heart of the strong but smooth powerhouse, and the three-speed manual transmission gives you proper control. 1928 was the final year for the "Single Six" and constant improvement to this model meant its 82 hp was now approaching its larger eight-cylinder brother. All Packards carried the same engineering marvels of the time such as the four-wheel brakes and chassis lubrication system. While the six-cylinder was a bit more economical, it is like trying to compare Rolls-Royces today. The cost of this coupe when new could have bought around six Ford Model A's. In fact, Packard used a great analogy to help people understand why the 526 models were so expensive. The company would mention that people once bought paper-soled shoes until they realized buying better shoes lasted longer. So Packard warned others not to pay less for paper-soled cars. So this rumble seat coupe really represents the enduring legacy that a proper Packard is all about.

Packard promoted this one as a car that offered beauty, distinction, comfort, long life, economy, and safety. Nearly a century later, we couldn't agree more. Call today!!!

Vehicle Details

  • 1928 Packard 526
  • Listing ID: CC-1618829
  • Price: $41,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1928
  • Make:Packard
  • Model:526
  • Exterior Color:Teal
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:357
  • Stock Number:5654-DFW
  • VIN:U163364B
Listed By:
Streetside Classics - Dallas / Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Drive
Ft Worth, TX 76137

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