2023-11-27 One-off 1912 Packard Model 1-48 Custom Runabout Up for Auction - autoevolution

One-off 1912 Packard Model 1-48 Custom Runabout Up for Auction

RM Auctions revealed its upcoming Amelia Island event on March 12 will include the sale of a one of a kind custom Packard runabout, built especially for Frederick Alger. The lot in question is estimated at $300,000-$400,000, and comes fitted with a 74 bhp, 525 cu. in. L-head six-cylinder engine, rear-mounted three-speed transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and two-wheel mechanical brakes.

“Ready for a leisurely tour or a quick transcontinental journey, this Packard custom runabout will be an asset to any collection, particularly that of a marque historian, who will certainly appreciate its early history,”
a company statement from RM Auctions reads.

The 1912 Packard Model 1-48 custom runabout has been used as a promotional car, being fitted with a 45-gallon fuel tank for long-distance travel. Later on, in 1969, he car has bee restored, receiving the rear trunk and a seat on the left rear fender.

Over the years it has been fitted with an electric starter, stop and turn signal lights, electric klaxon horn and exhaust whistle. The engine was overhauled and fitted with a pressure oil pump, a new radiator was fabricated and fitted, and new fenders, wheels, rims and tires were installed, as well as a new top and side curtains.

Finished in soft ivory with black accent moldings and red pinstripes, it has red running gear, hubs and rims.The seats are buttoned red leather, aged but neither worn nor torn; the top and side curtains are all in good condition.

“The car shows signs of age and use but has been nicely maintained to a good standard. All brass is in good condition, if not recently detailed, and the engine compartment is generally clean but clearly demonstrates that the car is frequently driven,” the statement reads.
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