Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 5/4

May 04, 2014

At this year's Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance, the This Car Matters award went to this 1932 Packard 903 Sport Phaeton owned by Clifford and Joyce Gooding. Read on below the photo for the story behind the car.


This particular car was purchased by actress and sex-symbol Jean Harlow in 1933. When she died in 1937, the Packard went to her manager who, after a short time, sold it to a dealership in Whittier, CA. A couple from Whittier owned the Packard until 1964 and took it all over the country. The day the Golden Gate Bridge opened, the previous owners actually drove the Packard across the bridge and recorded the voyage on a 16mm camera! There was only one other car they passed crossing the bridge.

From the time the Goodings purchased the car in 1964, the car has become famous. It was one of only 3 cars invited from the USA to attend the Bagatelle Concours in Paris. Twice, they were asked to drive the car through the Festival of Roses and carry the Grand Marshall of the festival. In 1982, Jimmy Stewart and his wife spent the day with the Goodings and rode in the car. A few years later, Angela Lansbury was the Grand Marshall and brought two of her grandchildren with her. She brought two Ritz-Carlton towels from her hotel in case her grandchildren got carsick during the parade (which thankfully didn't happen…) and the Goodings still have the towels to this day.

It is a completely stock restoration and the only thing on the car that is not original is the color. Originally the Packard was tan, top to bottom, with a royal blue interior and blue pin striping.