Santa Monica

24 June 2017

Previous Next

Lot 183

1928 Packard Six Runabout

  • VIN 143707

$95,000 - $105,000

Fifth Series Six, Model 533
Believed to be one of a small number of 533 Six Runabouts
Many desirable features
CCCA Full Classic
Combination "Goddess" mascot with Boyce Moto-Meter

By the time the Fifth Series Six was introduced in 1928, Packard was well-recognized for having characteristic lines that contributed greatly to setting the expected standards for the entire profession of automotive design. It was the result of freedom of creativity, then refined and developed over the years with grace and distinction. With exceptional engineering, Packard was, and remains one of the most admired and desired car from America’s Classic Era.

This Packard Six Runabout is a Model 533 on the longer 133-inch wheelbase chassis; Model 526 denotes the 126-inch wheelbase cars. It is reported that from the 41,750 vehicles built from the two Series, 13,414 were Model 533 chassis’ that had the choice of seven body styles.

Presented in a very nice fashion, this restored Packard looks great in its maroon and white finishes that is accented by matching maroon interior and a tan canvas convertible top. This marked the last year Packard offered a six-cylinder engine until 1937; this particular instrument was specified as being a 81 horsepower, 288.6 cubic inch engine when new from the factory. It is paired with a smooth-shifting three-speed manual transmission.

Among the many desirable features on the uncommon 533 Six Runabout is dual side-mounted spares that are fitted with Packard mirrors, rumbleseat, “golf club” door, cowllights, trunk and corresponding rack, optional wire wheels, tilt-out windshield and driver’s side spotlight. Also of prominence is the exceptional mascot that incorporates a Boyce Moto-Meter within the casting of the familiar “Goddess of Speed.” This radiator cap is seen on page 758 of Beverly Rae Kimes’ Packard: A History of the Motor Car and Company.

According to the 2017 Classic Car Club of America “Approved Classics” list, this 1928 Packard Six Runabout qualifies as a Full Classic and is eligible for their popular CARavans and well-attended gatherings. This is believed to be one of a small number of 533 Runabout Sixes that are accounted for; it will continue to impress as part of respected Packard line during a most favored era.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more