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Phaeton
 
Packard was considered by many to be the king of the luxury Phaeton market and this 1934 example makes it easy to understand why. Only 960 buyers stepped forward to buy V12 cars from Packard in 1934 and precious few of those bought Phaetons, making this a very rare example of the ultimate in open-air luxury motoring.

The Packard V12 had a 160 horsepower, 445.5 cubic-inch engine with banks of cylinders at 67-degrees, and was produced from 1932 through 1939. Total production in eight years was about 7,000 units. This car was purchased new by the City of New York in 1934. Its primary purpose was to be used as a parade car for such dignitaries as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Mayor of New York, Fiorello LaGuardia, the World Champion New York Yankees and other dignitaries of the era. The City of New York owned this car until the 1950s, when it was purchased by Leo Gephart. Mr. Gephart, in turn, sold it to James Dougherty of Indianapolis, who sold it to the current owner in 2005. A complete restoration was completed in 2007.
Convertible Sedan
Chassis Num: 902183
 
This 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan Model 1107 was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida. It was estimated to sell between $400,000 - $500,000. The car is powered by a 445 cubic-inch side valve V12 engine with Stromberg downdraft carburetors and capable of producing 160 horsepower. There is a three-speed synchromesh gearbox, shaft drive, adjustable vacuum assisted drum brakes, and automatic cold start. There is coachwork by Dietrich, Inc., which sits atop a 142 inch wheelbase.

In response to the Great Depression, Packard attempted to stimulate sales by improving their product line even further. The company was in excellent financial health and felt comfortable offering a new product line that was larger and more luxurious with a wide range of custom bodies. These custom bodies sat on refined chassis and powered by a twelve-cylinder engine that was modern, durable, powerful, and very quiet. The custom bodies were some of the greatest creations during this period in history.

When first introduced, the twelve-cylinder Packard was called the Twin Six. This car had been born due to necessity and the mounting competition from other luxury brand marques. Cadillac and Marmon had introduced sixteen-cylinder engines, and most other luxury marque's were introducing updated versions of their engines. Packard was slipping in the cylinder wars battle.

Packards V12 engine offered advantages over its eight-cylinder unit. It was more powerful, shorter, and allowed for more flexibility with incorporating the rest of the vehicle's components.

The Twin Six name continued until 1933 when it was changed to the Packard Twelve.

This car has been treated to a restoration since new. It is finished in a cream-colored paint finish with beige belt moldings. The interior is dark tan leather with wood trimmings. This car, such as all open Packard's after 1933, carries a body designed by Dietrich.

There are dual side-mount tires and a rear fitted trunk with matching luggage. It is a chauffeur-driven formal car with a division window.

At auction, the quality of the restoration, the beauty of the design, and the desire for the powerful V12 engine were rewarded. The car found a new owner, selling for $451,000.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2007
Coupe Roadster
Chassis Num: 902185
 
Sold for $539,000 at 2007 RM Auctions.
The Eleventh Series Packard is considered by many to be the ultimate Packard Twelve. It was the last to feature the classic swept fender lines as future models would use the streamlined look. In the front there was a vee shaped radiator and matching headlights and fender lights. The interior is equally as elegant, with a walnut trim and many luxurious appointments. Packard offered a wide array of body-styles for the Twelve Series in 1934, with the Rumble Seat Coupe Roadster was considered the most desirable and rare. In modern times, there are only twenty examples known to have survived the test of time. A total of fifty had been produced in 1934.

This 1934 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster was brought to Meadow Brook for the RM Auction house to find it a new owner. The estimated value of this vehicle was set at $350,000 - $400,000 and offered without reserve. It is powered by a 445 cubic-inch twelve cylinder engine with 160 horsepower at its disposal. There is a three-speed synchromesh gearbox with reverse, shaft drive with hypoid rear axle and four wheel adjustable vacuum assisted brakes.

This car has been treated to a recent restoration which was done to very high standards and took over ten years to complete.

There are covered side-mounted spare tires, black tires with red wire wheels, and a luggage rack in the rear. Wherever Packards travel, they are usually the highlight of the event. This vehicle was among the day's highlights, sharing the stage with many other gorgeous vehicles such as the three Marmons which also showed up looking for new owners. This example was high sought after and inspired energetic bidding, as the estimated value was soon left in the dust and a new record was established, selling for $539,000.

By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2007
Coupe Roadster
Chassis Num: 73915
 
Raymond Dietrich was one of the most respected and influential designers of the classic era. He worked at Brewster and LeBaron before he formed Dietrich, Inc. Soon, Packard became one of Dietrich's best customers and by 1933, all open Packards carried Dietrich body tags.

The Packard Twelve was powered by a 445 cubic-inch, side-valve V-12 engine offering 160 horsepower. The whisper-quiet engine was placed in a refined chassis and given some of the most elegant bodies of its era.

This Roadster is finished in iridescent silver and fitted with a black Haartz cloth top piped in dark red leather to match the interior. The wheels and pinstriping are also finished in the same dark red. There are many proper accessories, including a pair of correct metal sidemount covers and a single front-mounted Pilot-Ray driving light. It still has its original data tag.

In 2010, this Packard 1107 was offered for sale at RM Auctions 'Automobiles of Amelia Island' sale in Amelia Island, Florida. The car was estimated to sell for $300,000 - $400,000. As bidding came to a close, the car has been sold for the sum of $352,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.

This Silver 1934 Packard Convertible was restored in 1995 and has not been touched since.

The car rests on a 142-inch wheelbase and weighs 5,160 pounds. Packard produced 8,000 vehicles in 1934 but only 960 (12%) were fitted with this V-12 engine.

The car sold new for $3,500.
Touring
 
The Club Sedan style was a Packard favorite that somehow managed to convey both a slightly more formal yet at the same time moderately sportier look than their conventional sedans. This 1934 V12 example is one of their most expertly balanced designs, powered by their super silent V12, which has often compared favorably to steam power!
Formal Sedan
Chassis Num: 732 21
Engine Num: 902009
 
Sold for $183,700 at 2005 RM Auctions.
Sold for $176,000 at 2008 RM Auctions.
The Packard Twin Six was renamed in 1933 to the 11th Series Packard Twelve. These were very elegant and impressive cars with elegant lines, a refined chassis, and a powerful engine.

The Packard Twelve of 1934 could be purchase on one of three different wheelbase sizes. There were 11 bodystyles able to accommodate the most discerning buyer. These were vehicles reserved for the wealthy and one such buyer was William Wrigley Jr. He made his fortune by selling soap in Philadelphia. He later sold baking power and eventually chewing gum, which would bring him fame.

This 1934 Packard Twelve Formal Sedan was once the property of Mr. Wrigley. It is the recipient of a three-year restoration which was completed in 1995. It is painted in dark blue and features dual side-mounted spare tires in hard cases with chrome-plated rear view mirrors. There is a rear trunk rack, wide whitewall tires on chrome plated wire wheels, and a well-appointed interior finished in light blue upholstery.

In 2008 this 1934 Packard Twelve Formal Sedan Model 1107 was brought to RM Auctions' Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook. It was estimated to sell for $200,000-$250,000. It sold for $176,000 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2008
Phaeton
Chassis Num: 901901
 
Sold for $211,750 at 2009 RM Auctions.
This 1934 Packard Twelve 5-Passenger Phaeton is an original Earl C. Anthony California car and may have been delivered new to Columbia Pictures before coming into the ownership of the H.J. Heinz Company. Later, the car was purchased by Mr. George Pretrusich of Sedona, Arizona who commissioned restorers Hill and Vaughn to perform a comprehensive body-off restoration. The car was originally in eight-cylinder form, but upgraded to the twelve-cylinder during the restoration. It is now powered by a 445 cubic-inch side-valve V12 that is capable of 160 horsepower.

The restoration was completed in 1978 and was brought to the Pebble Beach, Walnut Creek, Santa Barbara and Silverstone concours where it was awarded First Place.

The car was later sold to a Japanese collector. The previous owner purchased the car from Japan and maintained the car for several years. While in his care, the car was given a new top, re-porcelainzed exhaust manifolds, chromed wire wheels and paint work. In 1998, the car earned its AACA First Junior at the Fall Meet and later secured its First Senior award in 2000.

In 2001, the car was purchased by its current owner, who put an additional $15,000 worth of work into the car.

In 2008, this Packard Twelve Model 1107 was brought to the Automobiles of Amelia Island presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $250,000 - $300,000.

In 2008, this car was brought to the 'Automobiles of Amelia Island' presented by RM Auctions. Also, it was extended an invitation to be show at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegnace a day later. The car has an estimated value of $800,000 - $1,200,000. It was sold for a high bid of $211,750, including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2011
Dietrich Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich
 
This 1934 Packard Convertible Victoria is fitted with a custom body built by Ray Dietrich on a 142-inch wheelbase chassis. It has been treated to a full, professional restoration and has previously won a First in Class award at Pebble Beach.
Phaeton
 
There were only 960 V-12's built in 1934. The selling price varied between $3,590 and $3,890. It has a 142 inch wheelbase. Design and construction emphasis was on 'ride' and 'noise control' as a result it has an amazingly quiet engine. Ads proclaimed the owner could drive a thousand miles a day without fatigue.
Coupe Roadster
 
Despite declining sales, as the Great American Depression deepened, the Packard Motor Car Company continued to build its magnificent Twelve - in three different wheelbases.

Packard dropped the Twin Six nameplate after 1932 and called their largest series the Packard Twelve. This handsome Coupe Roadster is one of 960 Twelves built in 1934, the production year many collectors feel represents the zenith of Packard styling. The 1107 series coupe roadster shown here was built on the 142 inch wheelbase and was powered by the magnificent Packard Twelve, which developed 160 horsepower.

This Packard Twelve was formerly owned by the legendary Packard historian Ed Blend. It is the recipient of a fresh, complete restoration by award-winning Lavine Restorations of Nappanee, Indiana and was at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Victoria Coupe
Chassis Num: 737 30
 
Sold for $192,500 at 2011 Gooding & Company.
This five-passenger Packard Twelve Victoria Coupe has been treated to a professional restoration to concours level quality. The work was completed in the mid-1990s.

The car rides on a 142-inch wheelbase and chrome wire wheels with full whitewall tires. There are dual enclosed side-mounted spares with metal covers. Its solar vee'd-lens headlights are complemented by the rare Packard driving lights mounted on the chrome bumper. The car is painted a deep blue with contrasting gold pinstripes running along the beltline from the radiator to the quarter windows. There are dual outside mirrors, an opening windshield and a luggage rack.

Inside, the interior is finished in light blue leather with wood-grain finish around the windows. There is an engraved instrument panel that is accented with gold plating and ashtrays and lighters are found on either side of the rear seat. The rear and quarter windows feature hidden pull-down shades and rich navy blue carpeting.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA. It was estimated to sell for $224,000-$275,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $192,500 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2011
Coupe Roadster
 
Packard launched its new V-12 engine two years after Cadillac stunned the luxury car market by offering V-16 models for 1930. Packard's first V-12 engine, known as the 'Twin Six,' was introduced in 1916 but this newest creation simply became known as the 'Packard Twelve.'

Although many body styles were offered, the rarest and most desirable is the Rumble Seat Roadster, of which less than 20 are known to have survived of the 50 originally produced.
Touring
Engine Num: 902322
 
Sold for $473,000 at 2012 Gooding & Company.
Sold for $550,000 at 2014 RM Auctions.
This seven-passenger Packard 1107 Touring car was sold by the Packard Motor Car Company of New York on March 30th of 1934. It is believed to be the 11th example of approximately 200 produced, and was originally purchased by the City of New York and retained as an official municipal vehicle for parades and visiting dignitaries. It was reportedly in use until the early 1950s. Around that time, Leo Gephart purchased the Packard Twelve out of New York and subsequently sold it to James and Ruth Dougherty of Indianapolis, IN.

In 2004, Tom Moretti discovered the Packard at an auction in Indiana. At the time it was not in running order, but still retained its original components and was an excellent restoration candidate. After the car's restoration, it was brought to the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it captured First in Class. It went on to win class awards at Amelia Island and Meadow Brook.

In 2012, this car was offered for sale at Gooding & Company's Scottsdale, Arizona auction. It was estimated to sell for $400,000 - $550,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $473,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
Phaeton
Chassis Num: 731-16
 
Packard, a prestige car manufacturer, found itself in the middle of the worst economic depression to ever hit America. Coming off its first profitable year post-Depression in 1933, Packard pulled out all the stops for 1934 in a total overkill of new models. It offered no fewer than 55 including catalog customs from Dietrich and LeBaron. Despite this proliferation of models, Packard produced an even 8,000 cars for 1934. Depending upon the various dealer books of the day this Body Number 731 had a list price ranging from $3,590 to $3,890.

This 1934 1107 Packard was a birthday present from Mrs. Charles G. Jackson to her husband in 1950 and had 20,000 miles and completely original. The current owner flew to Kansas City, Kansas and purchased the car on September 7th of 1977. The seats and door panels were in usable condition as was the black paint and chrome. The wooden artillery wheels with faded maroon paint and black pin stripes were in remarkable condition.

The current owner sold the car on October 26th of 1983 and re-purchased it again on June 10th of 1989. It was later sold to a friend and re-purchased in March 2007, with 60,424 miles on the odometer. In Ed Blend's book 'The Magnificent Packard Twelves of Nonet3een Thirty Four,' he lists four 731 model Phaetons, with this examples being the highest serial number, 731-16. Blend mentions the possibility of 10 units being made. Affixed to the right glove box is the original Proving Ground sticker which reads: AF #768 at Proving Grounds, date: 3-29-34.

Though actual production figures do not exist, it is believed to be the 6th of approximately ten built and one of four known to exist. It is largely original though a new water pump, carburetor, carpet and top have been installed. The original upholstery has been stabilized by removing it, adding backing to it, and reinstalling the leather.
Dietrich Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 747-11
Engine Num: 901780
 
Sold for $539,000 at 2013 Gooding & Company.
LeBaron received its first major order from a United States manufacturer in 1924. That order was from Lincoln thus beginning a lifelong friendship between Edsel Ford and Ray Dietrich. Though Ford was able to persuade Dietrich to come to Detroit, Dietrich was unable to convince his partner, Ralph Roberts, on the idea of moving the firm to Michigan. Roberts was not interested, regardless of money, for fear of losing his company's identity. Reluctantly, in 1925, Dietrich sold his interest in LeBaron, moved to Detroit, and established Dietrich, Inc., where in no time Packard became his biggest customer. Half the stock in the new company was eventually sold to the Murray body Company. When Dietrich sold out to Murray at the end of 1930, the Dietrich name remained a subsidiary of the company; thus, many Packard bodies that had been designed by Deitrich, or bore traces of his influences, carry the Dietrich, Inc. body plate right up through 1937.

This Convertible Victoria was delivered new by Hitchcock Motor Company, Santa Barbara, California on August 3rd of 1934 to a gentleman who lived in nearby Tiburon. Prior to being purchased by its current owners, it was in the possession of noted Packard collector Tom Moretti, who personally restored the car during a period of three years to its factory-correct dark green color with subtle green Haartz top. This car is the first of the Eleventh Series Packard convertible victorias produced, and is powered by a 455 cubic-inch V-12 engine offering 160 horsepower. Cost when new was $6,080.
Formal Sedan
 
This car has had a series of owners in the Midwest and west. It was restored in Indiana and is known as The Whitehouse Formal Sedan 1107.
Phaeton
 
The Packard Twelve's were introduced in 1932 in response to the second 'cylinder war' initiated by Cadillac among American luxury car marques. Early luxury cars were powered predominately by large displacement six cylinder engines until Cadillac introduced a V8 in 1915. Packard responded in 1916 with the Twin-Six which became the favorite of film stars, industrialists and heads of state. This engine was replaced by the smooth running straight eight in 1924.

In 1930, Cadillac again set off a cylinder race by introducing a V12 and a V16. Packard responded with this new V12 in 19332. In 1934 the V12's displacement was 445.5 cubic-inches developing 160 horsepower. Top speed was reportedly over 100 mph although Packard advertising modestly claimed only 85 mph. For 1934, Twelves also featured evolutionary styling changes that many consider the pinnacle of Packard design.
Coupe Roadster
 
The 1934 Packard line took styling cues from the Ray Dietrich designs used in 1929 and 1930 on individual custom cars. This coupe roadster was powered by Packard's 445 cubic-inch V12 and was equipped with vacuum assisted brakes, Bijur automatic chassis lubrication and shock absorbers adjustable in firmness from the dashboard. The optional radio was now incorporated into the dash and the folding top disappeared completely behind the seat.
Convertible Sedan
Chassis Num: 902272
Engine Num: 902424
 
Sold for $379,500 at 2013 RM Auctions.
The Packard Twelve was the company's top-of-the-line automobile and many people believe the signature car of the Classic Era. It was a conservative automobile with elegant appointments and a refined chassis powered by a quiet 12-cylinder powerplant.

During this era the cylinder war was in full swing, as was the Great Depression. However, the development of Packard's Twelve began years prior, dating back to the Cord L-29 and the Miller-engines front drive race cars. Packard's management entertained the idea of the front drive vehicle and commissioned the construction of a prototype. A 12-cylinder engine was also created for this new car, as the shorter length of a V-12, compared with Packard's inline eight, allowed more flexibility in packaging the front-drive chassis.

After testing revealed weakness with the front-drive chassis design, and development costs skyrocketed, Packard decided to abandon the project. Meanwhile, Cadillac had introduced their mighty 16- and 12-cylinder models, igniting a frenzy that would ripple throughout the automotive industry. Packard's response was to install their new 12-cylinder engine into Packard's proven Deluxe Eight chassis. When introduced, Packard dubbed their new creation the Twin Six, in honor of Packard's first V-12 which had been introduced 15 years earlier. By 1933, the name had been changed to the Packard Twelve. 1933 was also the last year for Packards to have flowing fenders and classic lines before switching to the streamlined look. In the front was a vee-shaped radiator with matching headlights and fender lights. Inside, the instrument panel was just as impressive, resembling a jeweler's displace case full of finely polished instruments and gauges.

The Convertible Sedan bodystyles with the fully retractable division window was a chauffeur-driven formal car that could be transformed into a sporty owner-driven open car when the top was lowered. This particular example is finished with a cream-colored body accented by a beige belt molding. There are orange wheels and matching pinstripe. The interior is dark tan leather through and accented with luxurious wood trimmings. It is well equipped with many desirable period options, including dual side-mounts and an original, unrestored rear-mounted truck. There is a seven-day wind-up clock and a radio.

In the early 1980s, the car was treated to a thorough and correct restoration for Robert Milhous by Bob Smith. After the restoration work was complete, the car won Best in Class at Pebble Beach in 1985. The car was purchased by the O'Quinn collection in 2007.

The side-valve V-12 engine is fitted with a Stromberg downdraft carburetor and offers 160 horsepower. There are four-wheel adjustable vacuum-assisted drum brakes and a three-speed synchromesh transmission. The wheelbase measures 142 inches.

In 2013, the car was offered for sale at RM Auction's Scottsdale sale. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $379,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013
Coupe
 
The Packard Twin Six was renamed in 1933 to become the Eleventh Series Packard Twelve. These are elegant and impressive cars with beautiful lines, a refined chassis, and a powerful engine. The year 1934 is considered by many to be Packard's best year for styling, but very few of the Model 1107 12-cylinder coupes are known to survive. This car is well known and is featured in the book The Magnificent Packard Twelve of Nineteen Thirty Four. It was first restored by Art isles Jr. of Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1961, and it took part in the Indy 500 Festival with actress Jayne Mansfield riding in the rumble seat. Its current owner has owned this car for many years and has driven it on a number of cross-country tours.
Dietrich Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 747-11
Engine Num: 901780
 
Sold for $539,000 at 2013 Gooding & Company.
This Packard Twelve 1107 Convertible Victoria was sold through the Santa Barbara Packard agency Hitchcock Motor Company. With Packard Vehicle Number 747-11, it is the very first Convertible Victoria produced for the Eleventh Series. It was originally sold to an individual living in Tiburon, California. It is believed to have remained in the care of its original owner until his passing, at which time it was sold to the family's lawyer.

In 1954, the car was purchased by George Boon. Many years later, in 1997, it was sold to Mr. Thomas Moretti. Over the next three years, the car was treated to a restoration. The original coachwork was refinished in its current factory-correct dark green and pinstripe of a lighter shade. There is a Haartz top, a dark green leather upholstery, and wood-grain trim.

In 2003, the Convertible Victoria made its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It participated in the Tour d'Elegance and then was on display in Class C-2, Packard 1925-1940 Open. It received First in Class.

In 2004, the Convertible Victoria was displayed at the Meadow Brook Concours and earned First in Class. The following year, the Packard again received Best in Class honors - this time at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elgance. It has also earned CCCA Senior Premiere status. It has received first place in the Primary, Senior, and Premier divisions all between 2003 and 2005 and has never scored less than a perfect 100 points.

The current owner has continued to show the vehicle, displaying it in 2012 at The Elegance at Hershey. It was awarded the trophy for the Most Elegant Pre-War Open American Car.

There are less than 10 surviving Model 1107 Convertible Victorias.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013
Coupe Roadster
Chassis Num: 73933
Engine Num: 902531
 
Sold for $465,000 at 2013 Bonhams.
The early history of this Packard 1107 Convertible Coupe Roadster is not fully known, but in late 1994 or early 1995 it was purchased from Mr. Joe Morgan by collector David E. Kane of New Jersey. At the time the odometer is believed to have shown 35,000 miles. The car was given a restoration by Stone Barn Automotive Restorations of Vienna, New Jersey in the mid-1990s. Upon completion it was shown at the 1996 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it won Best in Class (Packard 1933-1941 Open). At the 1998 Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Eastern Grand National at Towson, Maryland it scored 100 points and won a 1st place award. The Packard then went on to earn a 1st in the Premier Division in CCCA competition in 2000 among other honors.

The present owner purchased the car in November of 2006. In his care it was returned to CCCA competition at the annual meeting in Century City, California in 2007. It was judged there at 100 points and was also was runner up for Best in Show voting at the event.

The engine and transmission were completely rebuilt in 2008-2009 with receipts totaling almost $40,000 and in early 2009 the car was treated to a major cosmetic freshening along with additional mechanical repair and maintenance for a further total of nearly $30,000.

In February of 2013 it was shown at the Packard International Membership Meet in Orange, California where it received a stunning 249.75 out of a possible 250 points in judging and won the Best Pre-War Open award.

Currently, the car is finished in green paint with a tan leather interior and beige canvas roof.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013
Sport Phaeton
 
Packard, a prestige car manufacturer, found itself in the middle of the worst economic depression to ever hit America. Coming off its first profitable year post-Depression in 1933, Packard pulled out all the stops for 1934 in a total overkill of new models, offering no fewer than 55 including this 12-cylinder dual cowl sport phaeton. It is one of two known survivors of the original 12 thought to have been produced. Cost new was $4,190.

Power is supplied by Packard's 447 cubic-inch / 160 horsepower V-12. The car was originally purchased by the Spreckle Sugar family from Earl C. Anthony Packard in Los Angeles. It was used on their sugar plantation in Hawaii at one time. The current owner acquired the car in 2003, who then set about giving it a frame-off restoration that was completed in 2005.

This 1934 Packard Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton is one of only five listed in Ed Blends book, 'The Magnificent Packard Twelve of 1934.' The 1934 cars are generally considered a high-water mark for the Packard marque. The Spreckle Sugar family first purchased the car from the Earl C. Anthony Packard dealership in southern California, and used it on their sugar Plantation in Hawaii.

The current owners bought the car in 2003 and proceeded with a full, body-off restoration after which the car was first shown in 2005. It is driven regularly and has participated in CCCA American National CARavans and many regional tours. It has won awards in many CCCA and AACA shows and respected Concours events, including Best in Class at Pebble Beach in 2005.
Coupe Roadster
 
Many consider the 1934 models the high point in Packard styling and engineering. This Bruin Brown car with matching brown leather upholstery was sold new by Packard's most well-known west-coast dealer, Earl C. Anthony. Riding on Packard's 142-inch wheelbase and powered by its smooth 445.5 cubic-inch / 160 horsepower L-head V-12, the coupe-roadster cost $3,850 new before options. Standard equipment on the V-12 were V-shaped headlight lenses and a harmonically balanced bumper, items that were optional on the lower-series Packards. While Packard's last true factory-bodied roadster was last offered in 1931, the company continued calling its two-door 2/4-passenger convertible a coupe-roadster despite the fact that it was fitted with roll-up windows.

Packard was referred to as one of the 'Three Ps' of automotive aristocracy, along with Pierce-Arrow and Peerless. Both Pierce-Arrow and Peerless succumbed to the Great Depression and were gone by the end of the 1930s. Packard, once owning a full 50 percent of the luxury car market, was able to survive the 1930s and remain on top of their game.

The current owners are the fourth care takers of this Packard.
The Packard Twelve was produced from 1933 to 1939 with over 35,000 examples produced. It is considered by many to be one of the finest automobiles produced by Packard and one of the most significant creations of the classic car era. The long and flowing front hood hid a 445 cubic-inch side-valve twelve cylinder engine that was refined, powerful, smooth, and quiet.

The engine was originally destined for a front wheel drive project which eventually proved to have weaknesses. That and the anticipated development cost were too much to be practical so Packard decided to scrap the idea. Cadillac had introduced their 16-cylinder engine and other marques such as Pierce-Arrow were improving the performance of their offerings. Packard was feeling the pressure and decided to place the engine into the Deluxe Eight Chassis and dubbed it the Twin Six. The name was in honor of Packard's achievement fifteen years earlier when the introduced their first 12-cylinder engine. By 1933 the name was changed to Twelve to be inline with the rest of the Packard models.

Most of the Packard production Twelve's received factory bodies. Only a handful received custom coachwork by such greats as LeBaron and Dietrich.

In 1935 Packard introduced more horsepower and mechanical improvements. The suspension became more plush and comfortable while the steering became easier to operate. The cars were designed and built as one unit including the fenders, running boards, hood and body.

1936 the final year for 17 inch wire wheels and the double blade bumpers with hydraulic dampers.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
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• RM Auctions returns as the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, March 9, 2013 • Single-day sale features breathtaking roster of more than 80 investment-quality collector cars • Notable highlights include an outstanding series of coachbuilt classics headlined by a multi-million-dollar 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Walker-LaGrande Convertible Coupe and a trio of Cords from the personal collection of Jim Fasnacht • Frequently updated list of entries available online at r...[Read more...]
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