1931 Packard 840

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Chassis/VIN491 17
EngineStraight-eight cylinder, 389 cubic inches, 120 horsepower
TransmissionManual
Body StyleDual-Cowl Phaeton
Exterior ColorGreen, deep green trim
Interior ColorTan

The Packard 840 Series marked the first of the “DeLuxe Eight” designation, which was Packard’s high-end line for 1931, a step up from the “Standard Eight.” Introduced in September 1930, the DeLuxe Eights received a larger engine with a greater output and other mechanical refinements versus the Standard Eight. Production of the 840 Series numbered 2,035 examples. The body number is 491, which was designated for the four-passenger Sport Phaeton body style. Only 114 Sport Phaetons were produced. This Packard displays several optional upgrades, including dual side-mount tires, luggage rack, wire wheels, chromed grille guard, center “Pilot-Ray” headlight, and side windows on both the front and rear windows called “windwings.” Unfortunately, 1931 marked the start of a downturn in production and sales for Packard, getting worse until their turnaround in 1935.

Paint and exterior

Green exterior with deep green beltline trim

Upholstery and interior

Tan leather seating, tan carpeting

Engine

Original Engine: Yes

L-head

Wheels and tires

Pneumatic rubber tires

Brakes

Four wheel mechanical brakes

Transmission

Three-speed manual

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