Today America lacks a truly high-end luxury automobile brand, but this wasn’t always so. In the early part of the 1900’s there were many manufactures that were building luxury cars that more then rivaled their foreign competitors. However by the 1930’s, if you were in the market for a luxury car and you didn’t want to buy foreign you really only had one option, Packard. At one time this 1932 Packard 902 Victoria Convertible was one of the most luxurious cars money could buy, but after a long stay in a barn it’s in need of a complete restoration. Listed here on eBay with an asking price of $67,500 it will be hard for anyone to come out ahead on this project. Then again, the last one to sell at auction sold for nearly double that…
It looks like everything is still with the car, but time has taken its toll. The interior looks to be in the roughest condition and is going to need all new upholstery, a new top, and a good share of wood work. Thankfully most of the structural pieces look solid and salvageable, which will help cut down on fabrication costs a bit. The seller claims that not only does the car have its original interior, but that it’s still wearing its original paint. With all the surface rust, we have our doubts, but then again the car was parked in the same barn for over 50 years.
Packards weren’t just luxurious and beautifully styled cars, they were also incredibly advanced. Some of the more impressive features included the adjustable suspension system, Bijur automatic chassis lubrication system, and an all-synchromesh gearbox. The Ride Control system, as seen above, allowed the driver to fine tune the suspension while driving for the smoothest ride possible. These cars were masterpieces of American engineering and are considered to be some of the easiest and most enjoyable prewar cars to drive.
When Packard introduced the 900 series, the car received much acclaim. This was in part because of its fantastic styling, but mostly because of the new 320 cui inline 8 producing 110 hp. This car’s engine currently isn’t running, but looks to be complete and hopefully isn’t seized up. The seller doesn’t state whether it’s the original block or not, so we would be sure to check into the car’s history before we made any kind of offer. This car isn’t very fast by today’s standards, but in 1932 this was considered a high speed luxury machine.
Packards of this era are becoming hard to come by and have always been popular, which has driven up their value considerably. Even so given the condition of this car and the body style, we think the seller’s asking price is a bit too high. This car would be a great starting point for a restoration, but the seller’s asking price might make that prospect unrealistic. Do you guys think the seller is dreaming or does the rarity of a prewar Packard justify this kind of money?