By Vern Parker
Before the garage fire was extinguished the dashboard, upholstery, paneling, convertible top, wiring, glass and steering wheel of the car inside were damaged or destroyed.
A lesser car would probably have been dispatched to the junk yard but this 1933 Packard 8 Coupe Roadster, at the time less than 30 years old, survived, was restored and has now found a home in Alexandria, Va. The fire occurred decades ago but Scott Leaf, a pediatric dentist, bought the restored Packard in February, 2013. “I like cars from the 1930s,” he exclaims. The exquisite style from that era captivates him.
Early this year Leaf saw the restored car for sale in Florida. He learned that the 320-cubic-inch, L-head, straight-eight cylinder engine had been rebuilt in July, 2008 when the wiring had been replaced.