1930 Packard 734 Speedster
Intended as Packard’s driver’s car, the 734 Speedster was powerful more robust car that outperformed is luxurious counterparts in the Packard range. It’s Speedster name was not descriptive of the body type, but more the high performance nature of the chassis.
Five factory bodies were offered on the 734 Speedster. Runabout with a rumble seat, Boattail Runabout or Phaeton were offered for $5,200. The
Victoria and Sedan bodies cost $6,000.
A redesigned chassis was used for the 734 that used many 6th-series components with custom side rails. It retained the Super Eights wheelbase of 134.5 inches but was more rigid.
The nine-main bearing engine was modified with a ribbed exhaust manifold, vacuum boost pump and a new 45 degree intake that allowed for a hemispherical combustion chamber. An optional 6.0:1 cylinder head used larger vavles to produce 145 bhp @ 3400 rpm
Because Packard didn’t actively promote the model, only 113 cars were made across all body styles.
Many Seventh series cars have been modified to mimic the 734 traits so finding an original example is tough. As early as 1950, Smith Hempstone Oliver created the 734 registry.
See full 1930 Packard 734 Speedster Gallery here
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|price $||$ 5,200|
|engine||Inline-8 w/L Head|
|displacement||6300 cc / 384.4 in³|
|bore||88.9 mm / 3.5 in|
|stroke||127.0 mm / 5 in|
|power||108.1 kw / 145 bhp @ 3400 rpm|
|specific output||23.02 bhp per litre|
|body / frame||Steel Body w/Wooden Frame over Steel Ladder-Type Chasis|
|top speed||~160.90 kph / 100 mph|
Auction Sales History
1930 Packard Speedster Eight 734 Speedster Runabout 184012 – sold for $165,000 Known history from new. Recent servicing by LaVine Restorations. Scored 388 out of 400 points at The Packard Club National Meet in 2011. Auction Source: 2014 Arizona by RM Auctions