1939 Packard 1708 Twelve
|Model History||Auction sales research||Specifications||Body styles and Chassis Data|
This particular car was built for Lazaro Cardenas Del Rio, who was the president of Mexico from 1934 through 1940. It was a gift from Cardena's close friend Ofario, a businessman and Packard representative.
The presidential position meant this car was given extra protection such as bulletproof glass and retractable side and rear windscreens when the top was up or down.
This car has been restored many years ago and is still in good condition. It is painted in black lacquer, with interior of tan leather and a tan Haartz cloth top. It was purchased in 2000 by a California collector and has been well maintained since that time. It was on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles as part of their exhibition of 'Presidents, Popes and Potentates: Cars of Heads of State.'
In 2008, this vehicle was offered for sale at the 'Sports & Classics of Monterey' presented by RM Auctions where it had an estimated value of $500,000 - $900,000. It was sold for a high bid of $375,000 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2009
|Auction Sales Information|
|Auction||Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions|
|High Bid (Lot was not sold)||$375,000|
|Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions||1936-1949|