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Los Angeles Broadcasting Pioneer Art Astor was a man known for many things. A dedicated businessman, loving father and grandfather and first rate soldier, Art was also known for his incredible devotion to the automobile.
Russo and Steele is proud to present in Monterey, California the last remaining automobiles in Art Astor’s legendary collection. The Devotion Collection features the cars truly closest to Art’s heart. These fourteen remaining offerings are vehicles that Art felt so passionately about that he kept them the closest to him, through the end of his life and include prime examples of Pre and Post War American Classics, American Luxury Cars and European Sports Cars.
Entering the 1930s, Packard attempted to beat the stock market crash and subsequent Great Depression by manufacturing ever more opulent and expensive cars than it had prior to October 1929. As an independent automaker, Packard did not have the luxury of a larger corporate structure absorbing its losses, as Cadillac did with GM and Lincoln with Ford. However, Packard did have a better cash position than other independent luxury marques.
Packard introduced their Ninth Series models on June 17th of 1931. They were longer, lower, faster, and more refined than in years past. The long chassis was based on a new ‘double-drop’ frame. The standard eight-cylinder engine displaced 320 cubic-inches and offered 110 horsepower. A redesigned air cleaner made the engine noise quieter and vibration was minimized with a jointed, rubber-mounted driveshaft and new rubber engine mounts. A four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox was originally installed as standard equipment but was replaced mid-year by a three-speed unit. Bijur chassis lubrication system remained, but the 40 lubrications point were now all oiled automatically. An adjustable shock absorbers system, known as ‘Ride Control’, allowed the driver a select one of three settings for the desired ride quality. To activate the system, a plunger near the driver’s left knee controlled the amount of oil that was sent to the shock absorbers.
For 1932, one of the most attractive in the Series 902 was Body No. 509, the Coupe Roadster. With its snug fitting top and roll-up windows, it was no longer a roadster, but actually a convertible coupe. A new top design allowed it to be folded flat into the body, which when down provided the Coupe Roadster with a fluid, graceful appearance. All the Packard Coupe Roadster models were fitted with a rumble seat. With a list price ranging from $2,650 to $2,850, wire wheels were standard.
Although 1932 was not a banner year for sales, Packard