The ALLURE of Rallies & Tours 15 1930 Packard Model 734 Speedster-Runabout Original Price: $5,210 Engine: 385cdi/145hp flathead straight-eight Transmission: four-speed plus reverse Rear ratio: 3.31 to 1 Number of states visited: 48 Time of trip: 33 days and seven hours Mileage: 9,638 Miles Average daily mileage: 290 miles (highest 633) Amount of gas used: 764.2 gallons Fuel economy: 12.6mpg Cost at time of trip in 1995 — Cost of gasoline: $917.71 (avg. $1.20 per gallon) Gas cost per mile: $ .095 Most expensive gas: $1.79(CaliforniaHighway1) Cheapest Gas: $1.019 (Georgia Interstate 85) Number of gas stops: 54 Number of national parks and monuments visited: 12 Total mileage on the car: 300,000 A Baker’s Dozen of the Most Frequently Asked Questions When you’re on a cross-country trip in a vintage car, people at gas stations, restaurants and traffic lights always seem to have questions. Those most frequently asked: Just The Facts Ma’am 1 What kind of car is it? Since it had been nearly 60 years since the last real Packard was built, and since the only place on the car that says “Packard” is 3 ⁄16th-inch letters on the hubcaps, many onlookers are puzzled about the marque even after examining the vehicle. 2 What kind of gas mileage do you get? This, of course, depends upon the terrain and how fast one is driving. We can get as high as 15mpg if we drive conservatively. 3 What would you do if the car broke down? Fix it! The only other choices are to abandon it or have it towed 2,000 miles home. 4 What tools are you carrying? I haven’t found anything yet that a jack, tire wrench, water pump pliers, screw driver and a Visa card won’t fix. 5 Where do you carry your luggage? That little triangular-shaped trunk in the boattail necessitates packing light. 6 Why is the passenger set back eight inches further than the driver’s seat? This reflects the sporting nature of the car, dating back to the days of the riding mechanics/ navigators in race cars who always sat further aft. There are rumors that the car was developed to run at Le Mans, but that never happened, nor has it been confirmed. 7 What is the significance of the license number 8? Only that it’s an eight-cylinder car. 8 How fast will it go? Track tests done at the time the car was new show that it was tested at just over 100mph, but I have never personally exceeded 80mph. We usually drive about 60. 9 How long have you owned the car? I purchased the car in 1973 and have driven the car more than 60,000 miles. 10 Where do you get tires for it? When I joined the CCCA 64 years ago, tires were perhaps the number one problem for drivers of classic cars. Today, however, there are a number of manufactures and sources if I need a new tire. 11 What kind of gas does it use? Usually the lowest octane available is fine. When the car was new, Phillips 77 was about the best gas you could get. Today, even in the mountains west, weseldomseelowerthan85octaneatstations.We don’tuseleadadditivesbecausewedon’tconsider itnecessaryonthisrelativelylow-compression engine (6 to 1). We also avoid additives. 12 Don’t you ever wash the car? I purposely did not wash the car as I didn’t want onlookers to think that this Georgia car just arrived in California on a trailer. 13 Is that a straight-twelve engine like my Uncle Harry’s LaSalle? Exactly! OneLap_010-015.indd 15 12/23/17 11:05 AM