1932 Packard 902 Convertible Victoria
When James Ward Packard bought his first car from Alexander Winton in 1898, he was not completely satisfied with the quality or reliability. Packard returned the car to the factory a number of times before Winton finally got fed up and told Packard that if he could make a better car he should go ahead and do so. The result was the Packard Brothers first car in 1899 called the Model A. The Model A proved to be a reliable car and over the next six decades the Packard name would go on to become a hallmark in beautiful motorcars.
Straight from the barn is how this Packard Series 902 Standard Eight Convertible Victoria is presented. Although the years may have dimmed its glow, the fine lines of this splendid automobile maintain their dignity for all to see. This Packard sat in storage for 50 years and has not been touched or altered in any way. Indeed, it’s a fine start to a restoration that is certainly worthy in any collection. In fact, it is so preserved that it still has its original paint and interior. Most exciting is the array of accessories on this wonderful car; dual sidemounts, dual trumpet horns, wire wheels, and a disappearing top are all part of the package on this most unique example of Packard’s heritage. Packard offered the 902 in no less than twelve different body styles for 1932, and the Convertible Victoria sold new for $3,395 making it a rather expensive car for its day. Production numbers for the Series 902 amounted to just 3,737 cars for 1932 making it a rarity in the collector car world. This fine Packard is also a Full Classic as recognized by the Classic Car Club of America.
In the end, the Winton name came to an end in 1924, but the Packard name would last until 1958. Although the grand Packard name would end as a mere shadow of its former self, its classic styling and excellence in engineering is still remembered today and is synonymous with some of the finest and best automobiles ever built in the United States. This 1932 Packard Standard Eight Convertible Victoria is a solid car that will make for a dynamic restoration and will surely be the centerpiece of any collection.