1936 Packard Model 1407 Twelve news, pictures, specifications, and information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 904299
Engine Num: 921204
Sold for $231,000 at 2008 RM Auctions.
The cylinder wars during the late 1920s and early 1930s had most luxury marque's scrambling to create a suitable power-plant that could compete with other engines on the market while still retaining their exclusivity and style. Cadillac and Marmon produced a sixteen-cylinder unit and Peerless was following closely with their development of a sixteen-cylinder unit. The Duesenberg and their Model J was powered by a twin-overhead camshaft was very potent even at just eight-cylinders. In 1932, Packard introduced their V12 along with the Twin Six nameplate. The L-head engine produced 160 horsepower which was rather modest in comparison to the competition. The torque that it produced was more than enough to carry the elegant bodies at speeds of up to 85 mph. A sedan version was clocked at over 100 mph.

The vehicle had an X-braced ladder-type frame with hydraulic shock absorbers on all four corners. The suspension was comprised of a solid axles and leaf springs. Four-wheel drum brakes were operated via a servo-assisted cable system.

The name 'Twin Six' lasted for only a short time before it was replaced by the name 'Twelve.' By 1935, the company had brought the horsepower output up to 175 with the help of a downdraft Stromberg carburetor with an automatic choke.

This 1936 Packard Model 1407 Dual Cowl Phaeton has chassis number 904299 and is powered by a 474 cubic-inch V12 that produces 175 horsepower. It has a three-speed manual gearbox and a worm-and-roller steering. It has a long, 142-inch wheelbase and a factory body to Dietrich design.

This vehicle was offered for sale at the 2006 Gooding & Company Auction held in Pebble Beach, Ca. The estimated value was set between $450,000-$550,000. The body was built by the factory and followed designs created by Dietrich. It is finished in Packard Blue lacquer with cream pin-striping. The foldable cloth top is a tan Haartz unit. The interior is finished in brown leather. There are twin windshields and a racked-back V-radiator.

The present owner has owned the vehicle for more than twenty years. It is in excellent condition and has been maintained to the highest of standards. At auction, this was one of the last lots of the day to be offered for sale. There was a reserve placed on the vehicle which meant that a certain price had to be satisfied in order to be sold.

Having not been offered for sale for twenty years, it was thought that this vehicle might sell rather quickly. However, as the bidding came to a close on this vehicle, it left the stage unsold.

In 2008, this car was brought to the 2nd Annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions. Bidding reached $231,000 which was enough to satisfy the vehicles reserve. The lot was sold.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2008
Coupe Roadster
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 1939209
Sold for $148,500 at 2006 RM Auctions.
This 1936 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster Series 1407 with chassis number 1939209 sat atop of a 139 inch wheelbase and powered by a 473 cubic-inch twelve-cylinder engine capable of producing nearly 180 horsepower. Stopping power was provided by four-wheel vacuum assisted mechanical brakes while the three-speed manual gearbox sent the power to the rear wheels.

This is just one of the 682 Twelve series chassis that Packard produced in 1936. It was sold to Warren Baxter, a Depression era Hollywood star with some of his starring roles including the 1933 film 42nd Street.

The vehicle includes accessories such as a Packard heater, Cormorant radio with antenna concealed in the convertible roof, and clock. It is equipped with two-position ride adjustments and a rumble seat. There are dual side mounted spare tires with covers and body colored wire wheels.

Up to this point in history, it has never been shown.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2010
Coupe Roadster
Coachwork: Dietrich
This 1936 Packard 1407 Convertible Coupe rides on a 139-inch wheelbase, weighs 5,585 pounds, and sold new for $4,890.

It is powered by a 473 cubic-inch V12 engine developing 175 horsepower.
Sport Pheaton
The year 1936 was the last year that Packard produced Phaetons. This V12 is one of just a handful built and the only known example without side mounted spare tires. Delivered new to the Japanese Embassy in Canada, it is powered by a 473-cubic-inch V12 and sits on a 139-inch wheelbase. Special features included adjustable ride control and power brakes.
Club Sedan
Chassis Num: 904521
Sold for $46,200 at 2007 RM Auctions.
Sold for $55,000 at 2009 RM Auctions.
From 1929 to 1933, Packard production dropped by nearly half each year when compared to the prior year. This was the result of a struggling economy, the Great Depression, and increase competition. For 1935, the Packard automobiles received numerous refinements such as more horsepower, improved suspension and steering, and new envelope styling bodies. 1935 was the first time the Packard was designed as a whole, meaning the hood, body, fenders and running boards were integrated into a design that has been hailed as one of the most attractive bodies of the era.

This example is finished in dark green with a tan cloth interior. The 473 cubic-inch side-valve 12-cylinder engine produces 175 horsepower. There is a three-speed synchromesh manual gearbox and four-wheel vacuum assisted mechanical brakes. It was brought to the 2007 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by RM Auctions, where it had an estimated value of $50,000 - $60,000. The car carried no reserve, meaning the high bid would become the new owner. As the gavel fell, the lot was sold for $46,200 including buyer's premium.

In 2009, this car was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $50,000 - $70,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $55,000, including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2009
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 904719
Sold for $385,000 at 2008 RM Auctions.
Sold for $253,000 at 2009 RM Auctions.
Had it not been for Alexander Winton, the legendary Packard automobile probably would never have been produced. When James Ward Packard purchased a 'Winton' in 1898, he was very dissatisfied with the car. He relayed his thoughts and experiences with the car to Mr. Winton he suggested that Mr. Packard should try to build a better car of his own. By November of 1899, with the assistance of his brother and two former Winton employees, Packard produced his first car. Four additional cars were built that year, and 47 of a 'Model B' in 1900. It was not long before the slogan 'Ask the Man Who Owns One' was adopted.

Packard automobiles were in high demand until the Great Depression cut production by nearly half each year when compared with the previous. Even with slipping sales, Packard continued to refine their vehicles, making improvements from year-to-year.

In 1936 there Packard employed 5,100 production workers with 2,500 of them assigned to building the 5,985 senior cars that would be produced that year. The remaining 2,600 employees work on the other 55,042 Packard 120 Models created that year. This division of labor, with nearly half of the employees working on 10% of the vehicles.

The fourteenth series for 1936 had only minor differences from the cars of 1935, the most significant change being a new radiator, which was raked back five degrees to give the car a sleeker look. 1936 was the final year for the 17-inch wire wheels and the traditional double blade bumpers with hydraulic dampers.

The Twelve was offered in many different bodystyles including several different four-door sedans configurations. This example is a five-passenger Convertible Victoria that has a sporty persona combined with a two-door open style that offers luxury, comfort and performance. The top, designed by Dietrich's designers, looks elegant when up, and hides almost completely out-of-sight when folded.

This example is one of just 682 Twelve's built by Packard in 1936. Its early ownership history is not known except that it was delivered new by the noted California Packard dealer, Earle C. Anthony. By the 1980s, the car was in the ownership of Gerry Mariani. It was later sold via RM Classic Cars to Lloyd Needham. Seven years later, ownership changed to its current owner.

This car is painted in Packard Blue, has a tan leather interior, brushed nickel, rich wood-grain, and a Hartz cloth top. There are twin side-mounted spares, fitted with matching original metal covers and accessory rearview mirrors. It also has the very rare optional in-dash radio which was very expensive at the time.

It was awarded the Best in Show trophy at the Willistead Concours in 1999, and has also received its CCCA Senior and Premier awards in national competition.

In 2008 this 1936 Packard Twelve (Series 1407) Convertible Victoria was brought to RM Auctions 'Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook' where it was estimated to sell for $325,000 - $400,000. Those estimates were proven accurate as a high bid of $385,000 including buyer's premium was enough to secure new ownership.

A year later, it car was brought to RM Auctions 'Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook' where it was estimated to sell for $250,000-$350,000. As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for the sum of $253,000, including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009
Coupe Roadster
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 93923220867S112539
Sold for $264,000 at 2009 RM Auctions.
This 2/4-Passenger Coupe Roadster is the 32nd example of just 682 Fourteenth Series Twelves built by Packard for the 1936 model year. It was originally owned by Harry Reisberg of Marriottsville, Maryland, who traded the car in 1954 to Bob Fleigh Incorporated, a Baltimore-based Studebaker dealer. George F. Towner, a Defense Projects Engineering manager at Westinghouse, purchased the car on September 28th of 1954. A short time later, Towner began a restoration effort aimed at bringing it back to its original condition. Upon completion, the car earned a First Prize Awards from the CCCA, and was given badge number 53 as confirmation.

Much of its history during the 1960s and 1970s is not known, though it did receive a high-point, nut-and-bolt restoration in New Jersey during the 1980s. It was presented with an AACA Senior National First Prize in 1986, and had the badge affixed to the front bumper, where it remains in modern time.

The current owner purchased the car in the 1980s and has carefully maintained it in a large private collection on the East Coast. It currently has just 12,725 miles and remains in excellent condition. It has a deep black finish with good brightwork, a tan canvas top and a tan leather interior. There are a number of period accessories, including a Cormorant mascot, a pair of Trippe lights, dual side mounted spare tires with metal covers and rearview mirrors, a complete set of chrome wire wheels and a rear trunk rack.

In 2009, this Ford Deluxe Station Wagon was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey auction in Monterey, California presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $275,000-$375,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $264,000 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2009
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich
This Phaeton is one of approximately seven 12-cylinder Dual Cowls ever built by Packard. It was one of the last built and was delivered in March 1939. It was also the last year of the straight axle, wire wheels and mechanical brakes.

This car came from California approximately 35 years ago to a collector in Connecticut. 1939 was the last year Packard built a Dual Cowl.

For 1936 only 682 Twelves were built and that number was spread over 15 different body styles. Packard's small eight - the 120 - had been introduced in 1935. By 1939, the small eights and sixes constituted most of Pacakrd's production.

This dual cowl phaeton was built on the 193 inch wheelbase. For 1936, few styling changes were made on the Super Eight and Twelve. Price of this model in 1936 was approximately $4,190.
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich
The Packard 14th Series of 1936 remained nearly identical to the 12th Series, which had been introduced in 1935. Packard, like many other companies, had skipped over using the number 13 for any of its Series designations, due to the superstition of it being an unlucky number.

This was the 17th Packard V-12 produced for 1936. It was said to be delivered to its new owner, a member of President Franklin Roosevelt's cabinet, on November 18, 1935, by the Washington DC Packard dealership.
Club Sedan
Chassis Num: 903338
Sold for $34,100 at 2012 RM Auctions.
Initially designed by C.W. van Ranst with Tommy Milton and refined by Charles Vincent, brother of engineering head Col. Jesse Vincent, the Twelve boasted 322 foot-pounds of torque. The valve stems, which were nearly horizontal, operated by a camshaft deep in the engine's heads through roller rockers on hydraulically adjusted eccentrics produced a nearly silent result. For 1935, the aluminum heads and a longer stroke raised the engine displacement to 473 cubic-inches and horsepower to 175 HP. Zero-to-sixty miles per hour took about twenty seconds with 100 mph being attainable.

This museum quality Club Sedan was bought in New York in the late-1950s by a resident of a small southeast Minnesota town. The individual owned the car for 42 years, only driving it in parades. The car has been re-upholstered in vinyl and has never been completely repainted.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the St. Johns sale presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $40,000 to $60,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $34,100 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012
Coupe Roadster
Coachwork: Dietrich
Engine Num: 904479
Sold for $341,000 at 2013 RM Auctions.
Packards Twin Six was introduced for 1932 and renamed to the Twelve for 1933 until its discontinuation in 1939. The Twelve was initially designed by C.W. van Ranst with Tommy Milton and refined by Charles Vincent, brother of engineering head Col. Jesse Vincent.

The 322 foot-pounds of torque produced by the engine was enough to carry the car from zero-to-sixty mph in 20 seconds. The valve stems were nearly horizontal and operated by a camshaft dep int he egine block through roller rockers on hydraulically-adjusted eccentrics, offering nearly silent operation. For 1935, Packard installed aluminum heads and a longer stroke which gave enlarged the displacement size to 473 cubic-inches and increased horsepower to 175.

This V-12 Packard is a coupe roadster that was given a four-year nut-and-bolt restoration by Automotive Restorations of Connecticut. It has earned Best of Show at the Greenwich Concours, as well as two firsts and a best of Class at the Meadow Brook Concours. It scored 100 points in CCCA competition and holds Senior honors with that club, as well as the AACA.

The car has dual spotlights, senior Trippe lights, a Packard radio, a heater, and high compression heads, the latter acquired as 'new-old stock.'

The 473 cubic-inch side-valve V12 engine is mated to a three-speed synchromesh manual gearbox. There is a front beam axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and a live rear axle setup with semi-elliptic leaf springs. Four-wheel vacuum-assisted mechanical drum brakes can be found at all four corners.

By Daniel Vaughan | May 2013
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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