1933 Packard Eight Cabriolet by Graber

Presented here is the “Standard Eight” chassis with a 136-inch wheelbase, skillfully crafted by Hermann Graber, Switzerland’s renowned coachbuilder for several decades. Graber had a specialization in creating exquisite bodies for American chassis, particularly luxurious cabriolets designed to shield against the harsh Swiss cold, featuring thick insulation and impeccably crafted cloth tops.

The bodywork on this Packard, courtesy of Graber, bears a striking resemblance to a downsized version of the contemporary Mercedes-Benz 500 K, showcasing prominent chrome beltline molding, sweeping fenders, and a blind-quarter top adorned with elegant landau irons. The rounded trunk adds to the car’s allure.

Inside, the interior is a testament to meticulous craftsmanship, boasting finely tailored leather upholstery and door panels that incorporate armrests, creating a luxurious love-seat-like experience for the driver and passenger when the doors are closed.

The walnut accents beautifully adorn the doors and dashboard, which hosts a comprehensive array of instruments for the era, including a clock. The overall result is a harmonious blend of classic Packard construction with a distinctive European touring style.

Source: RM Sotheby’s