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25 July 2015

The Howard & Norma Weaver Collection

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Lot 167

1932 Packard Eight Phaeton

  • Engine no. 345142
  • Vehicle no. 501-55

Sold for $140,250


Series 902. 110 bhp, 320 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 136.5 in.

  • Offered from the collection of Howard and Norma Weaver
  • Formerly owned by Ralph Marano and Jim Miller
  • An original factory-bodied phaeton; well optioned and accessorized
  • CCCA Full Classic; a wonderful CARavan car


Among the most desirable of the Ninth Series (1932) Packards is the four-passenger phaeton. The “Standard” Eight offered here from the Howard and Norma Weaver Collection notably retains its original vehicle number plate on the firewall, indicating that it is an original-bodied example that left the Packard factory as a phaeton in 1932. In a year when the Great Depression was rough on Packard sales, the car was not sold until May 19, 1933, when it found a new owner via Earle C. Anthony’s famous dealership in Los Angeles.

The car is believed to have remained in California for many years, and in the 1980s, it was owned by enthusiast Bob Gould. It was later acquired by the renowned Packard collector Ralph Marano of New Jersey and then passed into the hands of the late Jim Miller, an enthusiast from Ontario known for his keen eye for the finest original cars. Mr. Weaver purchased the Packard from Mr. Miller in 1999, and it has remained a favorite in the collection ever since. Its badge number 2155 identifies it as a CCCA National Senior Award winner, and the car was reportedly featured in the Michigan region CCCA magazine Torque.

The Packard is an outstanding older restoration, remains in excellent condition, and shows that it has been well cared for throughout its life. For instance, its body structure appears to be largely original, with mostly original wood and body hardware throughout, and the metalwork shows no sign of damage. The paint, in two shades of grey and black, is even and well preserved, and the black leather interior remains in fine condition, as does the Haartz cloth top.

The car is well equipped with numerous factory accessories, including the Goddess of Speed radiator mascot, a clock, dual side-mounted spare tires, chrome-spoke wire wheels, dual spot lights, and a rear-mounted trunk rack. It has recorded less than 20,000 miles, which is believed to be careful mileage since completion of its restoration.

This is a beautiful, Full Classic Packard that has benefited from good care and the connoisseurship of well-known enthusiasts.

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Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+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

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+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

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+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

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+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

drose@rmsothebys.com

+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

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+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

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+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

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+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

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+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

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+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

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+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

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+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

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+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

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+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

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+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

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+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

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+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