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Author:  Michiel Mobiel [ Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Murphy Packard

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By the late 1920s, the Packard Eight almost universally represented wealth, sophistication and good taste. With the creation of the “Packard Family of Motorists,” a very successful marketing campaign at the time, just owning one was like being a part of an exclusive club. Like its predecessors, the Packard Eights were precisely engineered, meticulously constructed and tastefully designed. It was these characteristics and devotion to quality that made Packard the most recognizable and prolific American luxury car of its time. The history, design and quality of this extraordinary 343 convertible sedan typify the revered Packard reputation.

This Packard 343 (Chassis No. 223084) left the Detroit plant as a bare chassis destined to be fitted with luxurious custom coachwork. In the late 1920s, factory-bodied open cars were still touring cars and the intricacies of constructing the more sophisticated convertible sedans were left to experienced custom coachbuilders. Like many upscale Packards, this car made the journey to the famed workshop of Walter M. Murphy Co. of Pasadena, California.

Designed by the legendary W. Everett Miller, the convertible sedan was a specialty of the innovative coachbuilders, and its remarkably thin “clear-vision” cast-brass pillars were a hallmark of the company. The refined, center-hinged doors match in shape, and on each opening end there are curves corresponding to the cowl and the top. This creates a handsome symmetry that is in keeping with the unbroken, horizontal emphasis of the design.

The luxurious coachwork boasts a myriad of lovely details, from the solid rosewood running boards with open step gates, through discreet door handles that blend with the design, to a full windshield for the rear passengers, mounted on the rear of the front seat. It was further outfitted with a radiator stone guard, the first year that such a feature was offered, and it also is equipped with the combined “Goddess of Speed” mascot and motometer, one of the last years that this fascinating item was available.

The Murphy-built trunk fits the lines of the car perfectly and, when combined with the optional dual rear-mounted spares, it serves to visually lengthen the already long and narrow design. The overall proportions are sublime, and the car has few contemporary rivals in terms of elegance and grace. There were only three Packard 343s ever fitted with this majestic coachwork, and it is believed that this car is the only surviving example.

The completed car was delivered to Carl Henderson’s Packard City in Santa Monica, California, on April 16, 1927, and when it arrived, this especially elegant convertible sedan must have been much admired at the Wilshire Boulevard showroom. In due time, the Fairbank family, famous in Canada’s petroleum industry, paid a staggering $9,200 for the coachbuilt Packard and collected the car from Riverside.

Evidently, the car remained in the Fairbanks’ possession for many years. In the mid-1960s, the Murphy-Bodied Packard came to the attention of Phil Hill of Santa Monica. It would take a true Packard aficionado to appreciate such a car, and Mr. Hill recognized the distinguishing qualities immediately: the elegant Murphy coachwork, the careful engineering of the third-series Eight and the Southern California history. Combined, these qualities made for an ideal automobile, something that he could restore and take to Pebble Beach.

At an early age, Mr. Hill cultivated a strong affection for the Packard marque. His aunt’s unbelievably original and highly personalized 1918 Packard Town Car occupied the family’s garage from the time that Mr. Hill was a boy, and still does to this day. Just being around such a magnificent car was an experience that endeared him to the marque. Additionally, Packard’s unparalleled quality of castings, simplicity of design, elegance of execution and delightful driving characteristics had always impressed Mr. Hill. The exceedingly rare Murphy convertible sedan was a car Mr. Hill could not ignore, and in 1967, he purchased the car out of Windsor, Ontario, from Robert Fairbank, the son of the original owner.

Although initial work began in the late 1960s, with so many ongoing projects and so much research yet to be done, the restoration did not really begin until the mid-1970s. Work schedules from 1976 indicate that Hill & Vaughn’s two original partners, Phil Hill, Ken Vaughn and their first employee, Bob Mosier, executed the vast majority of the restoration work. However, as the Packard was Mr. Hill’s personal car, he went to great lengths to ensure the highest quality, greatest attention to detail and authenticity.


The color scheme received serious consideration, but the final decision to paint the car in this exotic combination came after a trip to Harrah’s Automobile Collection. It was there that Mr. Hill discovered a highly original seventh-series Packard that was referred to as the “Lilac Car.” After seeing this car, he decided to go with the same purple and lavender color scheme that was, as it turns out, an original Packard color combination. To complement the beautiful colors, the tan Haartz top material was carefully selected as it had just the right reddish cast to it. The classic caning was applied as it would have been originally, the Delco electrical system was wired to the exact factory specifications, and the Packard was fitted with attractive Parabeam drum headlights and a rarely seen Pilot-Ray drum driving light that turns with the front wheels.

The interior was meticulously restored to the exacting standards of a Murphy convertible sedan. The dark tan interior was tastefully upholstered in the correct material and attention was paid to the smallest details, from the exquisite hammered-nickel-silver hardware to the proper Arvin heater. To prevent corrosion of the nickel, a second plating process was executed on the vast majority of the nickel parts. When the finish was not to Mr. Hill’s highest expectations, they were sent back for a second attempt and, to this day, the nickel has not corroded.

Mr. Hill also went to great lengths to make sure that the car ran beautifully. For him, the mechanics of the Packard were just as, if not more appealing than, the aesthetics. The Eight was rebuilt with the correct, high-compression Ricardo cylinder head. Ed Iskendarian, the famous camshaft expert, was enlisted to grind a high-performance camshaft, and lubrication charts were sourced from Bijur to ensure that every detail, visible or hidden, was expertly finished. It was this patience, attention to minutiae and reverence for authenticity on which Mr. Hill built his reputation, and it is these very same qualities that made Hill & Vaughn the most respected restoration shop of its time.

In its heyday, Hill & Vaughn was widely regarded as the world’s finest restoration shop. The combination of expertise, acumen and reputation that Phil Hill and Ken Vaughn brought to the business attracted the finest examples on which they could work their magic, and their efforts were awarded innumerable honors at concours. Today, a beautifully restored car is referred to as a Pebble Beach-quality restoration, but well into the 1990s, it was referred to as a Hill & Vaughnquality restoration.

Once fine-tuning and detailing had been done, the Packard was ready to show, and the car made its debut at the 1977 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. After the judges’ tallies had been added up, the winner was announced. With this Packard, Phil Hill earned his second Best of Show trophy – a most remarkable feat. It had been 22 years since the restoration of his aunt’s 1931 Pierce-Arrow had earned him his previous Best of Show honor, and this was a major accomplishment considering the growth in size and prestige of the Pebble Beach Concours since the 1950s. While others have won Best of Show multiple times, no other entrant can claim to have personally restored their cars, a distinction that cannot be overlooked.

As if that honor was not enough, the restoration was further validated when it was shown at CCCA events. The Packard was a CCCA Grand Classic winner in 1977 and 1978, scoring 100 points on each occasion. Its sensational looks and concours pedigree also earned it the cover of and a feature article in the July 1979 issue of Old Car Illustrated.

Since being restored, the purple Packard has resided in the Hill garage in Santa Monica, less than a mile from where it was originally delivered in 1927. The garage is a veritable museum of automobile history, and inside, one can find Phil’s own photos of races at Pebble Beach, the original posters from Reims and Monza, old Road & Track magazines, countless trophies, rare components, vintage motorcycles and personal mementos from a lifetime of automotive experience. For over 40 years, this remarkable Packard has shared this hallowed space with his aunt’s cars – the aforementioned 1918 Packard, the 1931 Pierce-Arrow that won Best of Show in 1955, the Brunn-bodied Packard Twelve in which he and his wife Alma first brought his children home from the hospital and a small gathering of impressively restored and astonishingly original early Packards.

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Author:  João Gazineu [ Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

1928 Packard Model 443 Clear Vision Sedan by Murphy,beautiful car

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Author:  Boybentley [ Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

Packard 373 Phaeton by Murphy, 1929

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Author:  anton [ Mon May 10, 2010 7:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

another one.

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Author:  Aymami [ Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

I'm no good at all on Packard but this is a Murphy one

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Author:  TommyK [ Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

1925 Packard Model 236 Convertible Coupe by Murphy

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Author:  TommyK [ Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

Murphy Packard "Clear Vision Sedan", 1927 New York Salon

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Author:  TommyK [ Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

Murphy Packard Model 443 Phaeton, 1928

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Author:  TommyK [ Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:07 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

Murphy Packard Model 443 Roadster

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Author:  TommyK [ Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

Murphy Packard Model 645 Phaeton, 1929

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Author:  TommyK [ Thu May 01, 2014 10:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

another 645 Phaeton

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Author:  TommyK [ Fri May 16, 2014 12:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

Murphy Packard 633 Runabout, 1929

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Author:  Sergej [ Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

Ex-Rudoplf Valentino Packard, customized by Murphy

"This 1926 Packard was customized by Murphy and Company in Pasadena, CA in 1929-30. Rudolf Valentino, the great silent screen star, was very fond of Avion Voisin automobiles from France. His manager ordered the conversion on this Packard after it was crashed in the front end. Murphy did an amazing job mating the grille and aluminum hood to the Packard. As seen in original photos from the 50s, the Voisin front end remained on the Packard as it rested in a storage lot in California. It was then rescued and remained with the same owner for over 50 years until sold from his estate in 2012. It was then totally restored to its former glory and is now ready to be shown and enjoyed. Original letters document the history of the Voisin/Packard."

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http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Archive/ ... TON-161295

It is interesting, why customized the car circa 1929 or 1930 in style of Valinetino (with the cobra mascot), if Valentino died in 1926.
Maybe the manager remembered this way about his ex-client...?

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Author:  Aymami [ Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

Sergej wrote:
Ex-Rudoplf Valentino Packard, customized by Murphy

"This 1926 Packard was customized by Murphy and Company in Pasadena, CA in 1929-30. Rudolf Valentino, the great silent screen star, was very fond of Avion Voisin automobiles from France. His manager ordered the conversion on this Packard after it was crashed in the front end. Murphy did an amazing job mating the grille and aluminum hood to the Packard. As seen in original photos from the 50s, the Voisin front end remained on the Packard as it rested in a storage lot in California. It was then rescued and remained with the same owner for over 50 years until sold from his estate in 2012. It was then totally restored to its former glory and is now ready to be shown and enjoyed. Original letters document the history of the Voisin/Packard."

Source:
http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Archive/ ... TON-161295

It is interesting, why customized the car circa 1929 or 1930 in style of Valinetino (with the cobra mascot), if Valentino died in 1926.
Maybe the manager remembered this way about his ex-client...?

Curious! :good:

Author:  TommyK [ Sat Sep 17, 2016 3:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

a Packard Convertible for Mr. C. J. Miley 1927

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Author:  TommyK [ Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murphy Packard

another Murphy-bodied Packard

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