Reimel Motor Cars is proud to offer this 1934 Packard Eight Coupe Roadster. Finished in Packard Blue exterior paint over Blue leather interior.
This beautifully restored Packard has an incredible history and has lived with just one family until 2013.
Purchased new by Elizabeth (1899–1959) who was the daughter of William J. Mullins, a chemist who had moved to Franklin, Pennsylvania, during the Keystone State's oil boom. The Mullins family shared in that wealth and became benefactors of cultural and arts activities in Franklin. In 1923, Elizabeth married Edward Emile Koos Jr., the scion of a German family that had immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1860s and had similarly benefited from the oil business. Mr. Koos died in 1926, just two years after the birth of their daughter, Caroline.
Their inherited wealth enabled the mother and daughter to live comfortably in the Mullins family home in Franklin, and on July 23, 1934, Elizabeth took delivery of a new Packard Eight Coupe Roadster from the Freeman Motor Company in neighboring Oil City.
The dealer allowed Elizabeth $144.02 on the trade-in of an unidentified vehicle against the $2,798 price of the Packard. Elizabeth, a poet who published several volumes of her verse, mentions the car in a 1938 compendium titled Lines from Lakeside: “My Leslie Howard (my Packard) is a dream / Of sky-blue, chromium, and cream.” Presumably, the car was named for the British stage and movie actor, born Leslie Howard Steiner, who was known for her work in the 1934 films Of Human Bondage and The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Elizabeth Koos kept the Packard for the rest of her life. After her passing in 1959, Caroline inherited the car, and although she never married and did not drive, she had it maintained and was driven in it whenever she ventured from the family home. The next owner purchased it from Caroline's estate in 2013.
The 100-point restoration was just completed at the end 2021. No expense was spared, and receipts total well over $300,000. Both the engine and transmission were fully rebuilt by marque expert, Steve Babinski.
The car is accompanied by the original sales invoice and other documentation from the Koos family's ownership.
Eleventh Series Packards are among the most sought-after automobiles of the Classic Era today. This rare Coupe Roadster with long time one-family-ownership history, low mileage and exquisite restoration represents a singular opportunity to acquire a CCCA Full Classic that is ready for extensive touring or to be displayed proudly at any concours.
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