The Under the Hammer column with Tennants Auctioneers

An important piece of American motoring history, in the form of a 1938 Packard Super Eight Golfer’s Coupe, is to be included in Tennants Auctioneers’ sale of Motor Vehicles and Automobilia on Saturday, September 28 with an estimate of £75,000-£85,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

Thursday, 5th September 2019, 3:00 pm
Updated Monday, 21st October 2019, 2:55 am
A 1938 Packard Super Eight Golfer’s Coupe. Estimate: £75,000-£85,000 (Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia Sale, 28 September).

Built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, this exceptional car offers a rare opportunity to own a genuine piece of Detroit’s legendary automotive legacy as examples are seldom offered for sale outside of the United States.

The Packard Super Eight is recognised throughout the world, in part due to its inclusion in numerous Hollywood blockbusters.

Most notably a black 1941 example was used extensively in The Godfather directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1972.

This 1987 Porsche 3.2 Carrera Coupe Sport has a sale estimate of £35,000-£40,000.

This completely restored icon of automobile engineering and 1930s style has a twin eight-cylinder, a 5.7 litre engine and is offered in the original Packard ivory cream colour palette with an immaculate leather interior, a classic ‘dickey’ seat and a Continental style rear mounted spare tyre.

The model was known as the Golfer’s Coupe because it includes a hatch specifically designed to transport a set of golf clubs.

The car was imported from the United States in 2005 and has since been well exhibited in events nationwide; it even took first prize at the Stars and Stripes American Car Show at Tatton Park in 2014.

Other classic vehicles on offer in the auction include a 1987 Porsche 3.2 Carrera Coupe Sport (£35,000-£40,000 plus premium), a 2003 Land Rover Defender Icon (£11,000-£13,000 plus premium) and a 1968 Jaguar 240 (£15,000-£17,000 plus premium).

A 1968 Jaguar 240, estimate: £15,000-£17,000 (Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia Sale, 28 September).

Collectors should also look out for a Jaguar 1969 E-type Coupe, a 1928 Sunbeam 16.9 Saloon, a 1959 Land Rover Series II and a rare 2004 Carbon Black BMW Club Sport Coupe.

Amongst a wide selection of automobilia are several personalised car registrations – the highlight being the desirable ‘DR 11’ number plate (£40,000-£50,000 plus premium).

If cars are not of interest, then don’t miss the Jewellery, Watches and Silver Sale on Saturday (September 7), which features over 300 lots of Scandinavian design jewellery, Art Nouveau enamelled pendants, vintage watches by the likes of Rolex, Omega and Jaeger Le Coultre and a good selection of contemporary silverware and silver-mounted glassware.

Country House Sales at Tennants are always enormously popular and full to the brim of quirky and beautiful objects.

The two-day sale on the 13th and 14th September comprises furniture, pictures, ceramics, glass, works of art, rugs, clocks, watches, jewellery and curios dating from the 17th to the 19th century.

With more than 1,500 lots there is sure to be something to catch your eye. For further information on sales at Tennants please call 01423 531661 or visit