A further stage in the development of the Packard was the Seventh Series Model 740 Custom Phaeton, which was built between August 1929 and August 1930. The stamina of this model was proved in 1931 when one of the marque’s many royal owners, Prince Eugene de Ligne of Belgium, took a brace of 740s from Brussels to the Belgian Congo across the Sahara Desert. Incidentally, American presidents from Taft to Truman rode in Packards.
1930 Talbot/ Darracq M75
Although they were produced by the same group, Talbots from Paris and Talbots from London had precious little in common (and in fact the French version was known as the Darracq in the British Commonwealth). This is the Talbot/ Darracq from Suresnes, Paris, a 14hp M75 two-seater avec spider (with dickey seat), one of the wide range of six-cylinder models offered by Talbot in 1930.
1931 Ford model A (German built)
Another ‘transitional’ design, the Model A Ford replaced the Model T at the end of 1927, and was produced until 1932. The coloured steel insert in the radiator header identifies this two-seater as a 1931 model. Its bodywork is slightly different from the standard Model A pattern, as this is a German-built car. probably from the newly opened Cologne Ford works.
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sportin Coupé
Current between 1929 and 1936, the 20/25hp Rolls-Royce was a 3699cc development of the original light-six Rolls-Royce, the 3127cc 20hp introduced in 1920, Top gear range of the 20/25 was 3mph to 75mph, at a fuel consumption of 15-17mpg, Total production of 20/25s was 3827, over twice as many as the contemporary 7668cc Phantom II. Shown here is an unusual sporting coupe built in 1932.