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1932 Packard 900, light eight
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Wanted.
Looking for the following items for a 1932 Packard 900:

1) a set of 17 inch wire wheels. Will also consider wires from a 1933-1936 model year.
2)Cylinder head Exclusive to a 1932 900.
3)Bumper frame end covers.
4)Front bumper and bumper bar.
5)Rear optional center bumper for a rear spare mount car.
6)Engine pans.
7)Goddess of speed, aka donut chaser hood ornament.
8)Standard hood ornament. Same base as the the goddess of speed but without the goddess.

What other 900 parts do you have? Also would be interested in any leads on a light eight for sale. Any body style.

Has anyone ever seen or heard of any custom body light eights?

Tim

773-860-6110 or tph479@yahoo.com

Posted on: 11/7 17:53:15
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Re: 1932 Packard 900, light eight
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Don't know if you saw this and this on the AACA Website?

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Re: 1932 Packard 900, light eight
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Thanks for your last and most interesting question, I discussed it today with a bunch of prewar Classic era Packard folk down at Steve Babinsky's restoration shop. No one could recall any custom passenger car coachwork on the Light Eight, but apparently at least one ambulance is known, the story is that it was in service at the 1932 accident in Pennsylvania involving Fred Duesenberg who later died as a result of his injuries.

As no chassis unit was offered in the Light Eight line, I guess any custom would have involved purchasing a finished car and then discarding or modifying the Packard factory coachwork.

Posted on: 11/9 16:09:05
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Re: 1932 Packard 900, light eight
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Thanks for the response regarding the 900. In the attached picture, trade letter T-2553 from January 2, 1932, it shows the light eight chassis being offered for the suggested price of $1,550. You could buy a 900 with a factory body on it for $200-$245 dollars more depending on which body style. Considering that the chassis alone was offered for sale makes me wonder if any chassis left the factory to be custom bodied, besides the custom hearse/ ambulance.

Out of the 6,000 plus light eights made there at least had to be one...

Still looking for parts- anyone?

Thanks for the conversation.

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Re: 1932 Packard 900, light eight
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Thanks for the new (to me, at least) info on the availability of a Light Eight in chassis form. Charles Blackman's study of production by surviving vehicle numbers shows 14 Light Eights as "Commercial".

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Re: 1932 Packard 900, light eight
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Attached are 3 pictures of a 1932 light eight. Note the extended hood into the cowl. I believe that the packard custom body Lebaronís didnít use this treatment until 1934 and the custom Dietrichís until 1933.

Question that I have is this a factory prototype of the light eight or is it a custom job? Anyone elseís have any info on this car or seen pictures of it before?

Any other light eight owners out there? Still looking for lead on parts.

Tim
773-860-6110 cell

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Re: 1932 Packard 900, light eight
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Just noticed typo that Dietrich didnít use the hood treatment until 1934. Also note 4 doors on hood side instead of the typical 3, and also lack of cowl vent.

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Re: 1932 Packard 900, light eight
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Hi Tph479

Interesting photos, hope you don't mind, I did a little cropping and clean up.

Regarding the full-length hood, call it the '32 LeBaron Custom Imperial CL affect. It was one more detail to streamline and integrate the overall car design. Briggs immediately included the feature in the mid-year '32 Plymouth PB and Desoto SC then their 1933 production Chrysler and Dodge bodies.

Before this happened, LeBaron bodied a '31 Lincoln K sport sedan with a full-length hood as a proposal for Edsel Ford to consider for Lincoln KB production. Oddly enough, he didn't until 1935. Brunn bodied a stunning one-off '32 Lincoln KB convertible coupe with it too.

Even before that the '30 Jordan Speedway Model Z Ace roadster and Sportsman sedan introduced the feature on a 'production' model. Well, 'Production" if one considers twelve sedans and two roadster to be production...

Doubtless this car was a prototype for 1933 had the Light Eight continued as a model series.

Steve

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Re: 1932 Packard 900, light eight
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Attached is a picture for a 1933 Packard ď1000Ē model that was the prototype for the 1001. It has the same fenders as the 900 but the more traditional grill that is found on the 1001.

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Re: 1932 Packard 900, light eight
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In fact, isn't the entire body tub of the 1001 5-passenger sedan taken from the Light Eight sedan? If you check the wheelbases of the base 5 passenger sedans, the 901 and 1100 were the same, and the 900 and 1001 were the same but shorter, the 1001 shorter to use up leftover 900 bodies.

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