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1935Packard last won the day on October 3 2018

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  1. I'm guessing it's not this, just to rule out something obvious.
  2. So this is cool: I just googled "Walter Swoope" and "Packard," and up came this recent estate sale of Walter Swoope, where among the items up for sale is a 1940 Packard 120 convertible! And they even have pictures of the car on the estate sale website. See one of the images below. The family must have held on to the car all those years. Neat. My first thought is to reunite my receipts with the new owner if I can find him, as the new owner should have this. But given that I just recently purchased the receipts, maybe it was the new owner who was getting rid of the receipts instead.....
  3. I purchased some old Packard repair receipts on ebay just for fun. Here's one below from 1951, in which Mr. Walter Swoope needed some work on his 1940 Packard 120 convertible. So he went to the local Packard service station and they repaired his right front fender, repaired his deck lid, gave him a new deck lid handle, and installed the handle . -- all for $16.50 total, consisting of $12.50 in labor and $4 in parts. Of course, inflation since 1951 means that to get to today's dollar, you have to multiply by 10 to get to a current equivalent. Still, $165 is a quite the cheap repair! On the other hand, that Packard was probably worth, somewhere in the ballpark of what, maybe $100 back then? That would be around $1000 today, if so.
  4. Curious if anyone has seen the movie, now that it's out. It's getting some very good reviews. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ford_v_ferrari
  5. Duesenberg SSJ, if price is no object. (I'm assuming that in this fantasy world we don't have to pay for insurance or repairs, either!)
  6. Neat video from Hershey this year, with Ralph generously going along. Just an incredible car.
  7. 37Packman, there are people on this thread with a lot more experience than I have, but I agree that the data plate on a Packard of that period is something to check first, especially if it is fully filled out (as it was supposed to be, but often wasn't) and especially if it is from a well-known dealer (like PMCCO-NY), enabling you to check all the different fonts to see that they are factory correct and dealer correct. There are other factory markings to check on the cars I am familiar with, but the data plate is always a good start. I recently brought a car with what sure looks to me to be an original data plate to a shop for some cosmetic work, and the shop owner asked me if I wanted to replace that beaten up one with a nice new one. I couldn't have said "no way!" any faster. With that said, I don't think I would treat an original-looking data plate as definitive. First, they can be easily swapped, so you could have an original correct data plate on a different car. I was recently reading an auction description of a '34 Packard that the auction house claimed was "recent reunited" with its original data plate. Your first photo appears to be a correct original PMCCO data plate, but I don't think Packard used the then-new Phillips-head screws to attach them that year; it's likely still the right data plate for the car, but I assume someone removed the plate at some point during a restoration/work for painting or something. Second, I assume it's possible to fake an original-looking data plate with enough time and effort. It's not likely for a normal car, but I assume certainly could happen with a particularly special one. I'll defer to others who have seen/heard of that happening....
  8. With apologies for reviving a thread from three years ago, it looks like the same car is being offered by RM Sotheby's again. It will be interesting to see how it goes 3+ years later. https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az20/arizona/lots/r0079-1935-packard-twelve-convertible-victoria/838016
  9. I was going through some papers from my childhood recently, and I came across a large drawing I made in 6th or 7th grade picturing the kind of car I really loved at the time. I had to laugh when I saw the drawing, as it looked identical to the car I recently bought.
  10. Great topic. The amount of sorting that a pre-war car requires has been one of the genuine surprises to me getting into this hobby. It's what makes me most concerned about the future of pre-war cars. If you have to expect to pay 10K to get a car running correctly even if you buy a great car, that is going to limit who will buy these cars and keep them on the road. Maybe that's inevitable. But he more the knowledge of what has to be done can be widely known, and the know-how shared, the more people can get their cars on the road like they're supposed to be. Other than that, I defer to everything that EdinMass will say. (Sorry, AJ!)
  11. The roof is rather ungainly. But with the originality, known history, and its one-off status, I think it's super cool. Of course, they don't call me 1935Packard for nothing.
  12. Thanks, Walt. I'd just add that Ron got the deal of the century on that car, it seems to me, when it was up for auction, I believe with no reserve. It is an awesome car: https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/sj12/st--john-s/lots/r129-1935-packard-twelve-close-coupled-limousine-by-brewster/280618
  13. 1935 Packard Twelve, picture taken in 1951. I am very blessed to have this car in my garage. I've shared this photo before here, but seems to fit this thread, too.
  14. Maybe, although all the cars on the street perpendicular to the parade road seem to be everyday cars of roughtl the same vintage as the '34 Packard -- two sedans and a delivery truck all in blackwalls. And I see a lot of ties, and hats seem to be light-colored fedoras and caps. If I had to guess, I would probably guess the picture is from the mid 1930s, too. But just a guess!
  15. Thanks, all, for the replies. Makes sense that the higher-end you go, the more cars are in large collections. If you have a serious boatload of dough to spend on cars, you're probably going to buy a bunch of cars rather than just one, or two (or three).