1934 Packard Super 8 Convertible - Dwight Bond Recreation Rare Classic Resto Rod for sale
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I'm selling my beloved 1934 Packard Super 8 recreation. One of 52 ever made. it was built by Dwight Bond in 1990. Dwight Bond out of Gibbons NE had a history of restoring Packards and got into the business of providing fiberglass body parts for original Packards. He also got into the business of making original Packard Jig built updated rolling chassis that one could mount an original Packard body on (he used Chrysler torsion-bar suspension for front. due to its narrow width. and Chrysler leaf spring suspension on rear). Disk brakes on front; drums rear. He also built some 50 or so of his own custom resto-rod 1933/34 Packard Super 8 convertibles with the jig-built frame. his replica fiberglass body parts. a Chevy ZZ4 350 and 350 trans and original parts (Hood. bumpers. emblems. wheel caps. mirrors. lights etc. ). This is one of those cars. Every dimension of the car is original: its basically a resto-rodded 1934 Packard that has fiberglass fenders and rear section. Again. an original Packard body would bolt on to this frame. The car has wire wheels that closely resemble the original and accommodate 4" white-walled diamondback radials. which enable the car to perform well. The body is classic coach-built style. as the fiberglass is over a wood frame. The engine (Chevy 350 ZZ4. Mallory. Holley etc) runs perfectly and has 12. 69 miles on it. The convertible top is based on a the same wooden frame design of the original: it is not the easiest thing to get up and down but that's the way they made them. Original style leather seat with GM 6way automatic control. Rumble-seat. Original luggage rack. This car is not show ready; if you were going to show it I'd put a new top on it and I'd paint it--the paint job is nice but not show ready. and there are some nicks and scratches that should be fixed. For a while I was daily-driving this guy around LA. I've only seen two of these for sale: one was for 99k in Seattle and the other was in VA and sold for 85k I believe. A judge from Pebble Beach once stopped me and checked the car out and told complemented me on my Packard: he had no idea it was not completely original!! It cruises comfortably at 85 on the highway and is fast. If I were keeping the car I'd get it re-carpeted and do some tweaks to the interior. The car is in excellent shape and could just use some cosmetic detailing.
Things to note:
1. ) Its missing a bottom door hinge (1 of three per side) on the passenger door. This hinge broken and I have not replaced it. The door does function without it. 2. ) The rumble seat is automated and has a motor to bring it up and door; however. some small welds on the old joint that enables the automation have broken (this is a simple fix for someone who can weld). The rumble seat still opens and closes without the motor by hand operation. 3. ) Dwight Bond sacrificed 1990 Chevy's in order to get the titles for these recreations: thus on the title it is listed as a 1990 Chevy. not as a kit car etc. 4. ) The GM window motors are slow and should be replaced: cheap fix. 5. ) The canvas conv top is not in bad shape but should be better fitted or replaced for "showing. " (also one snap button has popped off on the left side) 6. ) The front fenders of this car are the more sporty and rounded 1933 fenders; thus this car could be said to be a 1933/1934.
In addition to the pictures you can see a video of the car here: COPY AND PASTE LINK into a new page!