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1931 Packard

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Last update: 13.11.2016

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Manufacturer: Packard
Year: 1931
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1931 Packard 833 Club Sedan

This 1931 Packard is the perfect car for someone interested in making money through finishing the cosmetic work on a restoration or for a hobbyist looking for a less demanding restoration that could turn into a wonderful weekend driver.

This car was purchased from the estate of its previous owner after he passed away in the middle of the restoration. My health is now suffering after a recent pancreatic cancer diagnosis. so I am selling my inventory. including restorations such as this one. which are not complete.

Things to note about this restoration:

The engine has been rebuilt at the cost of $8000. The radiator has also been re-cored at the cost of $1300. Detroit lubricator carburetor worth $2. 00 alone. The glass on the car has been replaced where needed and new channels for the roll-up windows have been added to make operation as smooth as possible. The clutch has been replaced with a newly rebuilt clutch. All five wheels feature Lester wide-whitewall tires. The wheels have been restored and completed with hubcaps from Bill Hirsch Auto.

What still needs to be done to the car?

Paint - This car is ready for paint. In fact. the front fenders and aprons are NOS (new old stock). Upholstery -I have saved all of the old upholstery for use as patterns. The garnish moldings have been glass blasted and are in epoxy primer ready for new wood graining. Top Insert - The top insert needs to be replaced.

History of the 1931 Club Sedan

1931 marked a very low year for Packard. both in terms of production and profit. In fact. production was halted on the 1931 Eight Series on June 17. 1931. and the new 1932 Ninth series was introduced on June 23.

This was a surprising development that puzzled the automobile industry. especially considering the NACC (National Automobile Chamber of Commerce) had agreed in January of 1931 to only introduce new models in November and December. Yet despite signing off on this resolution. the chamber's president. Alvin McCauley. agreed to let Packard bring its 1932 models to market almost either months earlier than previously agreed.

It seems that despite any resolutions from the industry at-large. business was still business. and for Packard that meant boosting sales in any way possible. Packard's management had thought pushing forward a new model would help its sluggish sales caused by the overall economic downturn of the Great Depression.

Unfortunately. the strategy backfired. causing dealers to have a glut of 1931 models that were made outdated months before they would have been otherwise. This debacle led to Packard demoting Roy E. J. Chamberlain from general sales manager. a position he held since the early 1920s. to distributor in Buffalo. N. Y.

Despite these problems. 1931 had its bright spots for Packard as well. It outsold its growing rival. Cadillac. by 3. 97 cars. and forty beautiful new Packards appeared in a parade down Broadway in New York City for Wiley Post and Harry Garry. the celebrated round-the-world flyers. This recalled the brighter days of 1927. when Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh paraded in a Packard at a reception in Omaha.

Overall production for Packard fell dramatically from 28. 86 cars in 1930 to only 12. 22 in 1931. Making this an extremely rare and desirable model-year for Packard collectors.

Of the entire 1931 line. the 5-Passenger Club Sedan is probably the most attractive of the 4-door sedans. Sporting "Body No. 466" originally designed by Dietrich. the car continued to look modern despite wearing a body styling that went back four years.

Low production numbers add to the rarity of a classic. Classic body lines and designer pedigree add to the desirability of a classic. That makes this 1931 Packard Standard 8 Series 833 Dietrich Body Club Sedan the perfection combination. It's a rare. desirable beauty.

Please Call Cord Blomquist. Rick Blomquist's son to discuss the terms of sale if you are interested. I am staying with my dad. who is in poor health. through the 7th of November. We are very motivatd to sell. Now is not the time to wait. it's the time to move. as I intend to have all of the cars currently listed scheduled for shipment before I return home. Call Cord at 202-615-0600 or call Rick at 608-780-8229 with any and all serious offers.

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