Packard added independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes in 1937. They produced a whopping 1300 V-12 cars that year. This car weighs approximately 5525 pounds.
In early years of custom coach building, true skill was expressed, as each vehicle was completely hand-crafted. This 1937 Packard hearse was originally built as a Model 1506 Packard twelve touring sedan in Detroit before the A.J. Miller Company of Bellefontaine, Ohio customized it into this magnificently beautiful 'art carved' hearse.
The original chassis was extended by 34 inches, increasing the wheelbase to an impressive 166 inches. Skilled craftsman hand-carved the outside panel from mahogany to resemble drapes, or curtains. The inside is just as impressive - with lights that shine on the hand carved, cathedral shaped columns when the rear door is open. Deep purple velvet interior adds warmth and elegance.
This massive rolling work of art is powered by a 473 cubic-inch 12-cylinder engine that develops 175 horsepower. The hearse has a mere 32,000 original miles on its. Of the three V-12 art-carved hearses believed to be built this is the only one known to exist.