1927 Packard 443 Club Coupe- Ready for Tour or Show! Preservation!
This handsome 443 Club Coupe is a true survivor and believed to be 1 of 2 known. This is a low mileage veteran tour car that has been shown and toured in for most of the past 50 years. It has been in the hands of discerning collectors- long before most cars were cared for in this manner. But the elegance and prominence that this Club Coupe commands was notable, even in the early 1960’s.
Packard 443’s, available in 1927 and 1928, are highly cherished examples of early Packard’s of the classic era. They are significantly lighter and have ample power. In addition, at 143 inches, the wheelbase is long and elegant.
One of only two known to exist, this motorcar was owned by the noted collector Lyle Shelley of Rockford, Illinois from about 1963 until 2005. It was repainted in about 1998 by its owner of 42 years. We have just completed a full paint detail so the motorcar is ready for concours exhibition. The engine compartment has also been detailed for tour or show. The interior is all original and extremely nice with the exception of the drivers seat which needs some repair (details in the videos). [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC72n82kuhQ[/youtube]
The coachwork was kept its original understated two-tone green with more of an elegant sage color- this is not a bright green in any respect. The interior is the original sage green wool ribbed (embedded stripe) broadcloth. The original window shades and other luxurious features are all preserved making this an exciting and important car to see. The six wire wheels are very rare on 443’s and add to its terrific sportiness and lightness. This motorcar also has benefitted from new blackwall proper tires and has been fully serviced by experienced technicians.
The real treat is driving this great Packard. Since this is a veteran tour car it is ready for the road. The interior is very spacious for a coupe, given the 143” wheelbase there is plenty of room for four passengers. And the trunk (boot) in the rear of the car allows for ample luggage storage.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3O9QdekSzk[/youtube]
The straight eight used in the 443 was used by Packard as the powerplant in the Super Eight with little modification until 1936. With nine main bearings this engine is smooth with seemingly endless power. This motorcar can handle almost any mountain road in high gear. The radiator is new and correct making this a very cool running motorcar in any condition.
We are very excited to offer this true classic. We have enjoyed two other 443’s over the years, but this is the first time we have owned one that is a Preservation marvel. We believe we have priced this very fairly. Please review the price guide from NADA for this model: http://www.nadaguides.com/default.aspx?LI=1-22-1-5013-0-0-0&l=1&w=22&p=1&f=5014&y=1928&m=1317&d=4668&c=7&vi=80825&z=92591&da=1
If you are looking for a 443, this is a car that you must see.