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-wh  [Read More...]
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.  [Read More...]
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   [Read More...]
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  [Read More...]
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 wit  [Read More...]
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 Inco  [Read More...]
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.  [Read More...]
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 i  [Read More...]
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  [Read More...]
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. Jes  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2013
Coupe Roadster
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 939-201
Engine Num: 904052
Sold for $165,000 at 2016 RM Auctions.
The cylinder was during the late 1920s and early 1930s had most luxury marques scrambling to create a suitable powerplant that could compete with other engines on the market while still retaining their exclusivity and style. Cadillac and Marmon produ  [Read More...]
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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