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Featured in the PBS Production of Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth 1924 Packard 136 Single Eight Sport Model Touring Chassis no. 205485 Engine no. 205527

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Featured in the PBS Production of Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth 1924 Packard 136 Single Eight Sport Model Touring Chassis no. 205485 Engine no. 205527

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54.990 $
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The introduction of the Packard Models 136 and 143 in June of 1923 was a singularly important milestone for America’s premier manufacturer of luxury automobiles. Not only did these new designs include the first application of four-wheel brakes by Packard but they also the debuted the Packard inline eight cylinder engine that was to become emblematic of stately power, performance and smoothness in Packards for years to come. Displacing 358 cubic inches, the new Packard eight delivered 85 brake horsepower at 3,000 rpm and was available in both 136” and 143” wheelbase chassis, each ten inches longer than the corresponding six-cylinder models, all of it placed forward of the firewall to make room for the longer engine. Appropriate to Packard’s positioning and the expectations of its discriminating clientele, a long list of equipment was standard on the Eight including front and rear bumpers, manually operated windshield wipers, rear view mirror, transmission operated tire air pump, electric gas gauge, brake-operated stoplight, Watson stabilizers, Motometer, steel disc wheels and more. The eight’s smoothness was due to Packard’s decision to adopt 2-4-2 timing of the crank throws in contrast to the usual practice at the time of designing the crankshaft as if it were two four-cylinder engines placed end-to-end. Smooth, vibration-free operation was further assured by Packard’s use of nine main bearings, a Lanchester crankshaft vibration damper and four-point engine mounting. It superseded the Twin Six, and did so with authority, shedding 350 pounds of weight while delivering 10% more power and 20% better fuel economy. Ten different body styles were offered by Packard. One of the most unusual and highly sought after by collectors was the “Sport Model”, style number 246, four-passenger open touring car style coachwork with all four doors hinged at the front – the standard Packard 5-passenger touring body hinged the rear doors at the back, “suicide” style. The Sport Model was distinguished by a much lower radiator, hood and cowl which joined a narrow, close-coupled tonneau uniquely complementing the long Single Eight hood. The Single Eight Sport Model is generally acknowledged to be one of the most exuberant examples of American open cataloged coachwork of the period. Only a few are known to survive, including one which earned a prize at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance recently and it is a particularly important example of Packard’s appreciation of, and willingness to respond to, a select market segment which appreciated daring, rakish style. The Leonard Collection’s 1924 Packard Single Eight is one of those rare and stylish Sport Models. It was prominently featured in a Public Broadcasting production of Edith Wharton’s 1905 novel The House of Mirth. Its sleek, slim, svelte coachwork is further accentuated with dual rear-mounted spares, a rarely-fitted option that highlights the Leonard Collection Sport Model’s rakish design. Finished in Cream with Beige fenders and upper body, it is upholstered in Beige and has a Tan cloth top and boot. Like many of Ted Leonard’s automobiles, it has been sympathetically tended to with cosmetics and other attention as needed to keep it in presentable operating condition without being subjected to a full restoration. It is equipped with all the accessories which were standard on the luxury-market Packard Single Eight in 1924 plus wind wings and fender-mounted rear view mirrors for safety on the road. It is remarkably sound, perhaps attributable to preservation in Colorado where it was acquired by Ted Leonard in 1981. Although the engine and chassis numbers are well within the range of the first series of Packard Single Eights built in 1923 and 1924 it is titled as a 1925, likely reflecting the slow sales experienced throughout the American auto industry in 1924. It has recently been refreshed and had its gas tank cleaned and reinstalled, replacing the Clinton lawn mower gas tank which temporarily gra

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 218•
Auktion:
Datum:
07.06.2009
Auktionshaus:
Bonhams London
Greenwich Greenwich 100 Arch Street Greenwich CT 06830 Tel: +1 415 391 4000 Fax : +1 415 391 4040 motors.us@bonhams.com
Beschreibung:

The introduction of the Packard Models 136 and 143 in June of 1923 was a singularly important milestone for America’s premier manufacturer of luxury automobiles. Not only did these new designs include the first application of four-wheel brakes by Packard but they also the debuted the Packard inline eight cylinder engine that was to become emblematic of stately power, performance and smoothness in Packards for years to come. Displacing 358 cubic inches, the new Packard eight delivered 85 brake horsepower at 3,000 rpm and was available in both 136” and 143” wheelbase chassis, each ten inches longer than the corresponding six-cylinder models, all of it placed forward of the firewall to make room for the longer engine. Appropriate to Packard’s positioning and the expectations of its discriminating clientele, a long list of equipment was standard on the Eight including front and rear bumpers, manually operated windshield wipers, rear view mirror, transmission operated tire air pump, electric gas gauge, brake-operated stoplight, Watson stabilizers, Motometer, steel disc wheels and more. The eight’s smoothness was due to Packard’s decision to adopt 2-4-2 timing of the crank throws in contrast to the usual practice at the time of designing the crankshaft as if it were two four-cylinder engines placed end-to-end. Smooth, vibration-free operation was further assured by Packard’s use of nine main bearings, a Lanchester crankshaft vibration damper and four-point engine mounting. It superseded the Twin Six, and did so with authority, shedding 350 pounds of weight while delivering 10% more power and 20% better fuel economy. Ten different body styles were offered by Packard. One of the most unusual and highly sought after by collectors was the “Sport Model”, style number 246, four-passenger open touring car style coachwork with all four doors hinged at the front – the standard Packard 5-passenger touring body hinged the rear doors at the back, “suicide” style. The Sport Model was distinguished by a much lower radiator, hood and cowl which joined a narrow, close-coupled tonneau uniquely complementing the long Single Eight hood. The Single Eight Sport Model is generally acknowledged to be one of the most exuberant examples of American open cataloged coachwork of the period. Only a few are known to survive, including one which earned a prize at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance recently and it is a particularly important example of Packard’s appreciation of, and willingness to respond to, a select market segment which appreciated daring, rakish style. The Leonard Collection’s 1924 Packard Single Eight is one of those rare and stylish Sport Models. It was prominently featured in a Public Broadcasting production of Edith Wharton’s 1905 novel The House of Mirth. Its sleek, slim, svelte coachwork is further accentuated with dual rear-mounted spares, a rarely-fitted option that highlights the Leonard Collection Sport Model’s rakish design. Finished in Cream with Beige fenders and upper body, it is upholstered in Beige and has a Tan cloth top and boot. Like many of Ted Leonard’s automobiles, it has been sympathetically tended to with cosmetics and other attention as needed to keep it in presentable operating condition without being subjected to a full restoration. It is equipped with all the accessories which were standard on the luxury-market Packard Single Eight in 1924 plus wind wings and fender-mounted rear view mirrors for safety on the road. It is remarkably sound, perhaps attributable to preservation in Colorado where it was acquired by Ted Leonard in 1981. Although the engine and chassis numbers are well within the range of the first series of Packard Single Eights built in 1923 and 1924 it is titled as a 1925, likely reflecting the slow sales experienced throughout the American auto industry in 1924. It has recently been refreshed and had its gas tank cleaned and reinstalled, replacing the Clinton lawn mower gas tank which temporarily gra

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 218•
Auktion:
Datum:
07.06.2009
Auktionshaus:
Bonhams London
Greenwich Greenwich 100 Arch Street Greenwich CT 06830 Tel: +1 415 391 4000 Fax : +1 415 391 4040 motors.us@bonhams.com
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