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1933 PACKARD EIGHT - $Auction

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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Arizona event, 18 - 19 January 2018. Estimates:$225,000 - $275,000 This 136-inch-wheelbase Packard Standard Eight was bodied by Hermann Graber, who enjoyed a reputation as Switzerlands finest coachbuilder for decades. In many ways, its styling resembles a downsized version of a Mercedes-Benz 500 K of the period, as it has broad chrome beltline molding, sweeping fenders, and a blind-quarter top with landau irons, as well as an elegant rounded trunk. The interior is beautifully appointed, with finely tailored leather upholstery and armrests built into the door panels, which are beautifully capped in walnut. The overall effect is of traditional Packard construction but with a distinct European touring flair.The car was discovered in London in 1972 by popular American tenor and automobile collector, Sergio Franchi. Franchi loved the Packards lines and brought it home to the U.S. with him. The Packard was beautifully restored in its present two-tone blue livery by Ted Billing, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, who was, at the time, very well respected for his quality work.As it felt very modern for its time, and was very reliable, the Graber-bodied Eight became a favorite CARavan car for Sergio and Eva Franchi, and it was enjoyed on the road until Mr. Franchis untimely passing in 1991.Today the Packard continues to wear a well-maintained restoration, with such wonderful touches as dual side-mounted spares and chrome trim strips that descend over the trunk and accent the beltline treatment. The car is fitted with dual fog lamps and dual horns, ideal for the touring purposes for which it has so long been enjoyed.The Graber Packard could be happily shown or, more appropriately, returned to the road, where it could be enjoyed in the manner of its famous and passionate longtime owner.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/AZ18.

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  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 N/A
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • RefCode: TA1101856

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