1935 Packard Twelve news, pictures, specifications, and information
Chassis Num: 838223
Sold for $242,000 at 2007 Gooding & Company.
The first Packard V12 production vehicle was in 1915 and dubbed the Twin Six. With this vehicle and its potent powerplant, Packard entered into a new degree of sophistication and prowess in the luxury car marketplace.

In 1924 the Twin Six was replaced by Packard's straight eight which would carry the Packard name through the 1920s. With the onset of the Great Depression, and the escalating cylinder wars of the other automakers, Packard revived their twelve-cylinder powerplant.

The new Twin Six made its debut in 1932. It was an advanced machine with hydraulic valve lifters and a modified L-head design. Horsepower was attractive, rated at 160 bhp from the 445 cubic-inch unit. The Twin Six became known as the Twelve the following year and remained in production through 1939. In war time, the twelve cylinder unit was used for military boats and aircraft.

This car was owned by Henry Fisher in the late 1930s and later passed to his daughter, Ann Klein. The car is in original condition with its interior showing very little wear and the exterior paint is still exceptional considering its age. The chrome plating, also original, is still in good condition. The wood trim surrounding the windshield needs refurbishing.

This car has been driven 52,000 miles since new, is mechanically original, a Full Classic and eligible for all the CCCA's many regional and national activities.

Mounted under the bonnet is a 385 cubic-inch V12 L-head engine mounted at a 67-degree angle and produces 175 horsepower. There is a three-speed selective synchromesh gearbox and a rear-mounted spare tire and cover.

This 1935 Packard Twelve Model 1207 Coupe was offered for sale at the 2007 Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, California where it was estimated to sell for $100,000 - $125,000. As bidding got underway, it soon became obvious that the estimates were far too low. As the gavel fell for the third and final time, the lot had been sold for the sum of $242,000 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
Coupe Roadster
For 1935 Packard refined its flagship Twelve motor by adding aluminum heads and increased stroke (4.25-inches), which increased horsepower to 175. Displacement was 473 cubic-inches. Brakes were mechanical, but with a vacuum assist.  [Read More...]
Convertible Sedan
Chassis Num: 873 232
Engine Num: 86L 066L
Sold for $181,500 at 2006 RM Auctions.
High bid of $145,000 at 2011 Gooding & Company. (did not sell)
This 1935 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan has won First in Class at the 1984 Grand Classic and the 1984 Meadow Brook Hall Concours d'Elegance. It has recently been awarded a Second in Class, a true testament of the quality of the restoration; it was  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2011
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Rollston & Company
Only 786 Packard Twelves were built in 1935, and that total was divided among 14 different body styles. One of those body styles was this handsome model by Rollston of New York. For 1935 the Packard Twelve motor featured aluminum cylinder heads and w  [Read More...]
Coupe Roadster
Chassis Num: 903-111
Sold for $181,500 at 2011 RM Auctions.
This Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster is the 111th of 3,587 Twelves built in 1935 and the 38th of only 51 Coupe Roadsters built. It is equipped with a trunk rack, wire wheels, dual open side-mounted spare tires with mirrors, Trippe lights, radio, Cormor  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2011
Close-Coupled Limousine
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis Num: I207 2I5
Engine Num: 903773
Sold for $56,100 at 2012 RM Auctions.
One of the wealthy and famous Packard clients during the 1930s was Marjorie Merriwether Post, heir to the Postum Cereal Company, founder of General Foods, and spouse of Edward F. Hutton, of investment-banking fame. During the late-1920s, Marjorie fav  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012
Sport Phaeton
Chassis Num: 821-202
Sold for $319,000 at 2012 RM Auctions.
Sold for $286,000 at 2014 RM Auctions.
By the mid-1930s, the Great Depression's effects were still being widely felt all throughout the world and particularly in the United States. Luxury automotive manufacturers were being forced to either face the reality of disappearing or make some dr  [Read More...]

By Jeremy McMullen
Coupe Roadster
Chassis Num: 189426
Engine Num: 839-215
Sold for $187,000 at 2013 RM Auctions.
Sold for $330,000 at 2014 Barrett-Jackson.
This Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster (Model 1207) was delivered new by Packard Florida Motors in Palm Beach on February 5th of 1935. It spent the 1960s and 1970s in California. In 1973, the engine was rebuilt by Charles Last and the interior has subseq  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2013
Sport Phaeton
Chassis Num: 821-202
Sold for $319,000 at 2012 RM Auctions.
Sold for $286,000 at 2014 RM Auctions.
All the hoopla at Packard in 1935 centered on the new low-priced One Twenty model. Regardless, Packard remained the leader in luxury automobiles and the Twelve, without question, remained the grandest expression of luxury in the Packard model hierarc  [Read More...]
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: 903620
There were 788 examples of the Packard V12s produced for 1935. This particular example, a Convertible Victoria, is believed to have been delivered new in California. It remained with its original owner until the late 1940s. For nearly four decades, i  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2016
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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