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1914 Packard Model 1-38 Runabout


This car, #38878, is one of five known to exist and the earliest of the five existing cars having been built in late 1913. It is powered by its original and massive, 415 cubic inch, six-cylinder, 60 HP engine which is mounted on the compact 115" chassis that was only used on the runabout models.


This is a well known car with a known history dating back to the 1930s. It retains is original body and fenders as well as all of its original chassis components and all of its proper trim items. Unlike other significant brass era cars, this 1914 Packard has always been a well preserved and original car. It was not  restored from remains nor was it  assembled from random bits and pieces. I have photos of the car prior to restoration showing its condition and degree of completeness.


Since being purchased by the current owner in 2014, it has undergone significant mechanical and cosmetic upgrading and today remains in excellent condition. The paint, upholstery and top are immaculate. The brass has been appropriately restored and today remains like new. Mechanically, it starts easily and operates with the smoothness and agility that Packards are known for.  It is truly a great, American sports car.


Those who know early brass cars understand why early Packards have a rich and enviable touring history. They are highly sought after by those who actively and aggressively drive their cars. Early Packards such as this example rarely trade hands publicly. They are owned by the most significant and well regarded collectors and have been prominently placed in some of the most well known collections. This Packard Runabout is ready to lead the pack at the next brass era tour and will  be a frequently invited contender at any of the nation's leading concours.


The  history of this car is as follows:


1914-193?: Original owner, unknown


193?-48 (approx): Unknown owner from Cleveland, Ohio


1950 (approx)-1957:-Owner: Mr. Cotton of Kissimee, Florida who purchased the car in Cleveland.


1957-1985: Owner: Oakley Sumpter, Illinois. Mr Sumpter purchased this car and a touring car chassis in unrestored condition. Car #38878 retained its original runabout body on its correct, short wheelbase chassis as well as its original fenders, hood and top assemblies. Mr. Sumpter was the first one to restore the car, probably in the 1960s or 1970s.  Mr. Sumpter was one of the pioneer collectors and restorers of brass era cars-especially Packards and early Fords. He was a prominent and well respected member of the AACA, VMCCA and HCCA.


1985-91: Car was purchased from Mr. Sumpter from Wendell Ohlendorf as first restored by Sumpter. Mr. Ohlendorf completed a professional, frame off re-restoration of the car and it was finished in white with red trim. Ohlendorf is a well known and highly respected restorer of brass era cars.


1991-1997: Purchased by a Mr. Cornelius Kuiper of Indiana. He retained the car with the Ohlendorf restoration and did not make any changes.


1997-2007: Purchased by noted collector John Mc Mullen of Lapeer, Michigan. When purchased, the car retained the Olendorf restoration. Mr. Mc Mullen sent the car to Brian Joseph/Classic and Exotic Services for its second, ground up restoration. The color was changed to red. The restoration was completed around 2000. The car won best in class at the following Michigan events: Old Car Festival at the Henry Ford Museum, Bay Harbor Concours, and Meadowbrook Hall Concours. The car was sold at the Mc Mullen Collection auction by RM Auctions for 517,000.00 to John Groendyke.


2007-2013: Owned by John Groendyke of Oklahoma.


2014-Current: Owned by current owner.


The car is documented on Jim Grundy's early Packard website: http://www.packardsonline.com/packard_rpt_show_all_cars.cfm?series_id=-1


This is simply a great car inside and out. It is ready to be driven or shown with pride.  This 1914 Packard 1-38 runabout has it all: desirability, condition, authenticity, history, provenance and rarity. The asking price is 425,000.00 and the car is located near Cleveland, Ohio. Partial trades of proper brass era or classic era cars may be considered.


For more information and to schedule a viewing, please email: motoringicons@hotmail.com or call 734-730-4274. Thank you very much.











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