By Vern Parker
In 1932 the base price of a Packard standard eight convertible coupe was $2,850. A total of 3,737 such models were manufactured.
An all black one with a rumble seat was purchased by a physician in Chevy Chase, Md. He kept the luxurious Packard for 34 years before it was sold in an estate sale to a jeweler in Fredericksburg, Va.. in 1966. At that time the in-line eight-cylinder engine was not in running condition, It had spent the previous 15 years stored under cover in a barn.
The sporty roadster was returned to good health and the jeweler reportedly repainted the body of the car but left the black fenders untouched and began using it as his daily transportation. The car became a minor local landmark because it seemingly was always parked in front of the Crown Jewelry store.