The Light Eight was Packard’s first attempt to actually offer a more economical model. The car didn’t, for reasons beyond his control, and was built for less than a year. Its engine had a shutterless locking thermostat and a hot air heater for carburetor intake.
Lighter thanks to advances in engineering and manufacturing, this car was, however, powerful, spacious in size, modern in beauty, full of all devices for comfort or convenience, and literally Packard in “body and soul”.
It even included break-proof glass; the original Ride Control that allowed the shock absorbers to be adjusted from the dashboard for road, load or temperature conditions; a synchronized mesh transmission, silent at each of its three forward speeds; complete bumper equipment; and six-layer tires, all at no additional charge, an unusual offer in a car of this price class.
6,750 units of this model were manufactured at a price of $1,795.
This Packard Light Eight Roadster Coupe is part of the Packard 900 Series. It has a two-door convertible/cabriolet body style with an engine positioned at the front that drives the rear wheels. Its engine is atmospheric gasoline, 5.2 liters, 8-cylinder side valve with 2 valves per cylinder. This power station has a power of 110 hp (82 kW) at 3,200 rpm. This power is transmitted to the wheels via a 3-speed manual gearbox.
Photo: Exhibit in the Automobile Driving Museum – Daderot [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
POWER - CONTROL - PERFOMANCE
|- $1,795 (1932)||- 5230 cm3 - 8 cylinders with 2 valves per cylinder.|
|- Normal||- 110 hp at 3200 rpm|
|- 21 hp/litre||-|
|-||- 3 speed manual.|
|- 1932||- 4963 mm x 1826 mm x 1638 mm - Wheelbase: 3245 mm.|
|- Front and rear brake diameter: 381 mm.||-|
|- 17 x 6.5||-|