This Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster was sold new through Earle C. Anthony, the sole California Packard distributor from 1915 to 1958 that handled about one in every seven Packard automobiles ever sold. The first owner was Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney David Clark. He was infamous for having been indicted for the 1931 killing of a journalist and another man. He was later acquitted. For reasons unknown, the car became the property of Mr. Gilbert (the high-profile attorney representing Mr. Clark) in 1935. In late-November 1940, Mr. Gilbert passed away, and in April 1941 the Twelve was sold by Mr. Gilbert's widow for $175 to a young Albert J. Dunkel, who lived next door.
Two years later, Mr. Dunkel and his bride-to-be sold the Twelve in order to purchase a 1936 Cadillac Series 60 Sedan. The car remained in California until Mr. Dunkel was able to re-locate it and once again purchase it in mid-January of 1968. The car was later restored to its former glory. In 1994, it completed the CCCA Pacific Northwest CARavan.
The current owner acquired the Twelve soon after in 1995. It won the AACA's Thomas McKean Tour Trophy in 2001. AACA First Junior and Senior Awards followed in 2002 and 2010 respectively. The Twelve has also completed a trio of AACA Glidden Tour events in Georgia, Michigan and Virginia.
In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the RM Auction's Amelia Island sale. It was estimated to sell for $250,000 - $300,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $352,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.