|1930 Packard 734 Roadster|
Unfortunately Packard records are no longer intact but it is thought that around 100 of these 734 Roadsters were built, with only a dozen accounted for today. Its straight-eight engine produces 106 hp and is noted for its smoothness and reliability. Economy of operation might have been a selling point in 1930 as the car was capable of getting a modest 15 mpg, impressive for such a luxurious and heavy vehicle.
|1941 Buick Super Phaeton|
In 1940 GM introduced a new "Torpedo" body style that was shared among division, used by the Buick Super and Roadmaster, the Cadillac Series 62, the Oldsmobile Series 90 and the Pontiac Torpedo. With the elimination of running boards, lowering the car 2-3 inches, and making it 5 inches wider than its predecessor, the Buick was a genuine six passenger car. 467 Super Phaetons were built for the US market, with an additional 41 exported. This example had a full restoration completed in 2013.
|1940 Packard 180 Convertible Sedan by Darrin|
|1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Roadster|
Capable of exceeding 90 mph with its 125 hp straight-eight engine, the fine LeBaron-bodied. Chrysler Imperial would have retailed for $3,295 but there were few takers in that Great Depression year, with only nine Imperial Convertible Roadsters finding buyers that year. Total production of all Imperials was only 155. The design of the car is clearly influenced by Auburn but in 1934 Chrysler would turn in a completely different direction with its groundbreaking Airflow models.
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