Gear Head Tuesday – 1930 Packard 7-33

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Gene & Gina Wescott’s 1930 Packard 7-33

When I read this story at Hemmings, I thought “hmmm … I bet I know who this ‘Gene Wescott’ is”. I sent him an e-mail asking if this is his Packard. Sure enough! Here’s the story and photos as supplied by Gene:

“Originally green from the factory, it was registered in Connecticut. The car eventually traveled north to Vermont where she spent many years leading the Hospital Day Parade in Townsend, VT. Tradition was the first baby to be born in the Grace Cottage Hospital each year rode in the car. The car was stored for a number of years when we found her, brought her home, and started the restoration. We changed the paint to 1956 Packard Naples Orange.”


Series – 7th
Model/Chassis – 7-33
Body Number – 401
Model Name – Standard 8 Phaeton
Original Price – $2,425
Original Color – Green
Delivered to Packard Sales and Service, New Haven, CT on June 16, 1930
Engine: Standard 8, 320 cubic inches, 90 Horsepower
Wheelbase: 134.5”
Options: Dual Side Mount Spares, Wire Wheels, Trunk Rack and Fender Parking      Lights
Weight of car – 3935 lbs.
Tire Size – 6.50 x 20
Total Production – 12,531

1930 Packard 002

1930 Packard Engine

1930 Packard Painted #3

1930 Packard 3

1930 Interior1930 Dealer Photo 1

1930 Packard 2


Automotive Trivia
(Hat tip: “B-Squared”)

On 5 August 1914, the American Traffic Signal Company installed the first traffic signal system on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ashville, Ohio claims to be the home of the oldest working traffic light in the United States, used at an intersection of public roads from 1932 to 1982 when it was moved to a local museum.

Here is an early traffic light in Detroit:

Early traffic light


Camaro-hot water

Stick shift and cursive

Wheel Nut


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  1. rulesoflogic 07/08/2018 — 05:14

    A stately and beautiful car!

    At the recently concluded Mecum auction in Harrisburg, PA, a 1956 Packard 400 sold for $9,900 all in. I don’t know if that’s good news or bad news.

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    • Indeed this is a stately and beautiful Packard. Gene and Gina once owned a ’56 Caribbean hardtop.

      I am curious about the condition of the ’56 400. If it was in great shape, that would be a bargain – far, far less than the cost of restoration.


  2. What Gene didn’t tell you, is that I told him about Dr. Otis’ Packard after I had put an evaluation on it for the daughter of Dr. Otis after his passing. Dr. Otis started Grace Cottage Hospital in Grafton, Vt.

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  3. Lovely 7-33 Phaeton, the Wescotts are members of our East Grand Packards PAC region. Not to nitpick but the bumpers appear to be 8th Series units, the 7th Series bumpers don’t curve at the end quite so much.

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    • Thank you for your visit and comment!
      I don’t speak fluent “pre-war Packard”, so I can’t speak to the bumpers on Gene’s car. He likely knows. 🙂


    • Here is what Gene wrote regarding the bumper: “Without looking at examples of both years side by side, it is hard to tell the difference between the 2 in photos of the ’30 and ’31. Looking at the 733 on the Packard Clubs site, you see different bumper styles for both the senior and junior cars. One with less curve and one with more curve at the ends. Not sure what this means, but it would not surprise me if one could order the car with Senior bumpers or get them added at the dealership.

      If the part number is stamped on the inside of the bumper, the next time I take them off, I’ll see if it’s there to satisfy my curiosity.

      Thanks for the feedback.



  4. Good article and beautiful car. I love to see REAL history and follow some real steps. Oh yeah especially like the weakest NUT. (Sorry but it took a minute for it to sink thru, nuts are thick you know!)
    Thanks for more automotive history, good stuff.


  5. Nice article 👍👍📝

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