1929 Packard Model 626 Speedster Roadster

Summary

Packard established its reputation in luxury automobiles, but the 1929 Speedster was all about performance. The company shortened its smallest body by several inches and then dropped in an eight-cylinder, high-compression engine. The result was a sporty car capable of 100 miles per hour. Of the 70-some 1929 Speedsters built, this is one of three known survivors.

Packard established its reputation in luxury automobiles, but the 1929 Speedster was all about performance. The company shortened its smallest body by several inches and then dropped in an eight-cylinder, high-compression engine. The result was a sporty car capable of 100 miles per hour. Of the 70-some 1929 Speedsters built, this is one of three known survivors.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1929

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

76.103.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Montgomery L. Young.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Canvas
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)
Leather
Chromium

Color

Light brown
Black (Color)
Red
Green

Dimensions

Wheelbase: 140.5 in

Diameter: 5 in  (Bore)

Height: 72 in

Weight: 3830 lbs

Length: 186 in

Width: 73 in

Length: 3830 in  (Stroke)

Inscriptions

Hubs: PACKARD MOTOR CAR CO. / DETROIT MICH USA

Specifications

Make & Model: 1929 Packard Model 626 Speedster

Maker: Packard Motor Car Company, Detroit, Michigan

Engine: Inline-8, L-head valves, 385 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Height: 69 inches

Wheelbase: 126.5 inches

Width: 72 inches

Overall length: 186 inches

Weight: 3830 pounds

Horsepower: 130 @ 3000 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 29.5

Price: $5,000

Average 1929 wage: $1,434 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 3 years, 6 months

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