1928 Packard Custom Eight Series 443 Sedan
L72 427 cubic inch engine
450 HP V8 Turbojet
4 speed ratio transmission
Nassau Blue paint
PB AM/FM Radio
36 Gallon fuel tank
Side dual exhaust
Matching numbers car
Wood steering wheel
Texas Classic Cars of Dallas is proud to present this amazing motorcar, the 1928 Packard 4 Series Custom Eight Sedan. This car displays a masterful restoration completed by Old Iron Works in Montgomery, Texas in May of 2014. Old Iron Works restores these great vehicles to the highest quality and standard. They showcase their vehicles at Concours d'Elegance shows throughout the United States. Less than 100 miles have been logged since the restoration of this spectacular Texas sold example of a Packard motorcar.
According to the long time current owner, this car was sold to a Victoria, Texas doctor in early 1929. This car was showcased at the Packard Ft. Worth company, a Texas Packard dealership originally opened in 1925, out of business at this location by 1929. The old dealership building is photographed below along with the identification plate for this car. The car spent some time in a Houston, Texas showroom in original condition and was purchased approximately 25 years ago by the current owner who decided to commission the deserving restoration efforts executed throughout this fine Packard.
1928 would be a banner year for Packard. The model 443 would be offered in 19 different body styles while the Custom Eight segment offered 9 distinctive body types, all built on the 143-inch wheelbase chassis. This car is finished in striking Maroon & Black. You could order a Packard in a number of standard color combinations, while the Packard Eight cars could be had in any combination of colors, stripings, and trim to meet individual tastes. The engine is a work of art. This is Packard's 385 cubic inch L-head straight eight cylinder engine. This power plant has been rebuilt and over-bored. The original oiling system was improved upon and grease fittings have been installed. We have the original oiling equipment that will be included with the car. This engine has nine main bearings and was rated at approximately 109 horsepower. The distributor & carburetor work correctly, meticulously built and tuned.
This car was restored with a great attention to detail. The fit and finishes are superb throughout, as Packard intended & delivered with their original manufacturing. Packard was the most prestigious and successful American luxury car manufacturer in 1928. Quality First was a Packard slogan that rang true. A Packard cost three times what a Cadillac did.
The radiator is very special, distinctive to the Packard brand with the honeycomb design. This radiator surround would be Packard's signature for many years. The cooling system has been completely restored.
Packard utilized a wool broadcloth over special springs & course horse hair in their original upholstery. The coachwork consisted of true hardwoods, specially kilned and fitted. According to Packard literature of the time, only ash, birch, rock elm, maple, oak, basswood, and spruce were utilized in Packard Eight body construction. Packard coachwork was done primarily in-house. We know that Dietrich Coachbuilding was responsible for the open-air Packard coachwork after 1933. It is unknown the coach building history of this particular car. Dietrich began working with Packard in the mid 1920s. This Packard has been restored with great attention to original production details, executed accordingly by the craftsmen at Old Iron Works. Mr. Richard Mitchell is the head of this fine company. The restoration effort was completed in May of 2014. The car has been shown once, winning its class at the Keels & Wheels show in Kemah, Texas.
The two photographs above show the car during its extensive restoration. We have several photographs of the car during its restoration. Dual Side-Mount spares & a rear luggage rack were features of Packard's Custom Eight, while the attractive luggage tray is an additional option, an attractive feature of this closed Packard. A vintage leather-bound trunk would fit this car wonderfully. The engine side cowl cooling vanes are functional left & right. The Packard instrumentation is in beautiful condition, fully functional. The odometer displays 74 miles, the mileage on the restoration. The optional cigar lighter features a retractable cord, enough for rear passengers to light up a stogie. The 6-volt charging system features manual shut-off switches & a hidden trickle charger access port outside the car. This is a Packard that can be driven, as intended. Packard is known for having the first automotive proving ground at their Detroit, Michigan facilities. This special test track was utilized to ensure proper road manners and safety of Packard automobiles.
The closed body cars utilize a 4.33 : 1 rear axle ratio. The transmission is a 3-speed manual with a dual clutch dry setup behind the L-head engine. Packard boasted of their unique door handle designs inside & out for 1928. They do feel robust, are attractive, and the doors fit well. The wood work is also beautiful throughout this car. Seating is comfortable for 5 passengers, two in front and 3 in the rear. The steering feels great, while the steering wheel features a working horn and two levers, the left for lighting and the right for throttle control. The foot well and controls are all intact and functional. These cars were so ahead of their time. Look at the details on this car closely.
The windshield wiper is functional, vacuum operated. The windshield swings out. The cowl flapper is also functional. Packard describes the Cowl Ventilator as quiet in operation due to the springs in construction and adjustable to three positions. Photographs below are an original Packard photograph and an original Packard literature drawing depicting the Custom Eight Packard Sedan. The chassis is just beautiful. The frame was completely disassembled and restored during the restoration. You can see the build quality radiating throughout this car, everything about it. The engine, transmission, running boards, suspension, differential, and fuel tank are just beautiful, fully restored.The photos really tell the story of this piece of American automotive history. This particular Packard is titled as a 1929 model due to the fact it was sold and titled in early 1929. It was constructed in 1928.