50 Year Old Paint: 1928 Packard Phaeton

1928 Packard Phaeton

The seller of this 1928 Packard claims that, besides a respray, it is original. The car was purchased from the previous owner’s estate and supposedly hasn’t been driven since 1983. A respray may disqualify many cars from survivor status, but considering the age of this one and the fact that the paint job is 50 years old, I think we can let that minor issue slide! It’s going to need some work on the fuel system, but if bidding doesn’t get much higher, this could be a bargain for one of America’s great pre-war cars. This Packard may not be as prestigious as earlier V12 powered beasts, but it’s nothing to scoff at. It’s going to take a special kind of buyer though. Find it here on eBay where bidding ends tomorrow. Let’s just hope that the next owner has the good sense to preserve it instead of attempting a restoration. We would hate to see it disappear for another 30 years!


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  1. Cassidy

    What a beauty! Already at $33K, I hope it goes to good home that will enjoy it as a survivor!

  2. Grr

    Beautiful indeed. Most cars of this era look clumsy and cobbled together, but this is a handsome car, due in part to the style of the top. The original owner was probably a man who frequently heard ‘I like the cut of your jib’.

  3. z1rider

    Of all the cars using disc wheels back then I think Packard did it best. Most look kind of awkward but not the Packards.

    The referenced fuel pump looks more likely to be a vacuum tank. It will still need attention though.

  4. Kevin Harper

    Good looking car, and I enjoy the styling on these cars and ones made through the thirties.
    Now a question. Can one of these be used comfortable in today’s traffic. And I am not talking as a daily driver but as a weekend getaway car. I have driven model A’small of similar vintage and while fun they are precarious in modern life. Cars built after about 1940 are relatively easy to use. But those 20s and 30s Era cars are iffy.
    Oh and I do recommend taking a vintage car on vacation, and ones that don’t involve car events. It is a great way to meet people and people in traffic are nicer to you.
    sorry to go off on a tangent I just wonder if this Packard can meet my needs because it looks perfect

  5. RickyM

    Wonderful looking car. Amazing to think that the respray is 50 years old !

  6. jim s

    i would rather have this then the $200000 plus car listed above. in less then 7 hours this car is going to have a very happy new owner i think.

  7. Mark E

    Well, it’s up to $35k with less than 6.5 hours to go. Looks very well loved. If it IS a model 526 then it IS a 1928, btw.

    Personally I’ve owned lots of Packards and for about a decade lived and breathed Packards. And I can say that I personally never cared for the ’20s cars as much as the ’30s. And if you’re crowding $50k you can get a nice ’30s-40s pre-war Packard. Not a 12 cylinder or senior series one, mind you but still one that looks elegant, rides great, gets good mileage (for the size), can cruise down the interstate at 60-70 all day and will be a joy to own for the rest of your life!

    • Mark E

      Okay, I played my favorite game. In this case it would be titled “What Packard would I buy if I had $40,000.” And the answer is this lovely 1934 1100 series. Mostly original, same owner for 25 years, older restoration and everything works well. Plus you have that formal roof line, dual sidemounts, formal senior series Packard headlight lenses and Trippe driving lights. All for $39,500? Wowsa, take my money, please!

  8. Ed P

    Beautiful old Packard. I wish I could afford it.

  9. waynard

    Love this car and wish I could just up an’ buy it. But… this is not as “original” as claimed, I think. With a new (even a 50 yr. old) repaint and new top and, undoubtedly, new side curtains, plus almost certainly refinished wood inside (note the “shadow” of the old vs. refinished wood on the dash close up), I’m thinkin’ this is simply an old restoration to near original specifications. It’s only original once, and this ain’t. I’d have it regardless.

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