Packard introduced their Twelves in 1932 in response to the cylinder war assault initiated by Cadillac among American luxury car marques. Cadillac had introduced their V8 in 1915, while most other marques were powering their vehicles predominately by huge displacement six cylinder engines. In 1916, Packard responded with the Twin-Six. The engine was replaced by the smooth running straight eight in 1924.
Cadillac introduced their V12 and a V16 in 1930. Packard responded with this new V12 in 1932. In 1934 the V12's displacement was 445.5 cubic-inches offering 160 horsepower. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 100 mph although Packard advertising modestly claimed over 85 mph.
This example was one of three built especially for the 1933 New York Auto Show with an elegant open body by coachbuilder Dietrich. It has never been restored, but has been freshened.
It was delivered to an unknown customer by Packard's New York City branch on 11th Avenue on April 1, 1933. By the 1960s, the car had been purchased by Rhode Island collector George Waterman. In 1978, it was purchased by Peter R. Rosi of St. Charles, Illinois. Mr. Rosi retained the car for a decade. The next owner was Sam Vaughn who purchased it at auction in September of 1987 and kept it for about five years before selling it to William Chorkey in Michigan. In 1991, it was invited to Pebble Beach where it took Most Elegant honors. Chorkey then sold it to Ron Benach of Lake Forest, Illinois. Dr. Joseph Murphy in Pennsylvania purchased it from Benach, selling it to Otis Chandler in 1998. While the car was in Chandler's care, it received a CCCA National First Place at San Ramon, California and Best of Show at the June 2000 Silverado Concours d'Elegance. Mr. John O'Quinn acquired the car in 2006.
This vehicle has never been fully restored. It is painted in maroon and has a tan canvas top. The inside is finished in black leather.
In 2011, the car was offered for sale at RM Auction's Arizona sale where it was estimated to sell for $1,500,000 - $2,000,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $1,760,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.Also photographed at :