Vehicle Profiles

Convertible Sedan Dietrich
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: 10062

Packard introduced their Twelves in 1932 in response to the cylinder war assault initiated by Cadillac among American luxury car marques. Cadillac had introduced their V8 in 1915, while most other marques were powering their vehicles predominately by....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: 100622
Engine Num: 901368

This 1933 Packard 1006 Twelve Convertible Victoria was shown at the 2006 Gooding & Company Auction where it was used as a promotional tool for the Otis Chandler Auction which took place at a later date. The body is by Dietrich and carries chassis nu....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich

This is the only known existing example of the vee-windshield convertible Victoria style built by Packard in 1933. The car is powered by Packard's 445 cubic-inch V-12, a powerplant known not only for its performance but its utter silence. Packard's m....[continue reading]

Stationary Coupe Dietrich
Coachwork: Dietrich

The 1933 Packard dropped the Twin six nameplate from their twelve-cylinder cars in favor of the more modern Packard Twelve designation. This two-to-four passenger coupe is the ultimate in the small-cabin-on-a-long chassis style. The year 1933 was a v....[continue reading]

Stationary Coupe Dietrich
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: 100605

This custom Dietrich 2/4-passenger Coupe is believed to have been owned by multi-millionaire oil man John Mecom of Houston, Texas. Later in life, he became the owner of the new Orleans Saints football team. The car would remain in his family for near....[continue reading]

Sedan
Coachwork: Fernandez & Darrin

Although the worst effects of the Depression were being felt in 1933, Packard offered the option of many standard and custom bodies. Both 8- and 12- cylinder engines were available. The car shown is an extraordinary example of a custom body by Fernan....[continue reading]

Convertible Sedan Dietrich
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: 900 245

This 1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Convertible Sedan by Dietrich, Inc. was originally owned by Al Jolson. Jolson was a singer, dancer, and actor and was given the nickname 'The World's Greatest Entertainer.' He recorded more than 200 record....[continue reading]

Convertible Sedan Dietrich
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: 901615
Engine Num: 901828

After stints at Brewster and LeBaron, Ray Dietrich left to form Dietrich Inc., where his designs attracted the attention of Packard management, and soon became one of Dietrich's best customers. After 1933, all open Packards carried Dietrich body tags....[continue reading]

All Weather Town Car LeBaron
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: 901626
Engine Num: 901533

It is believed that three individual Custom All-Weather Town Cars built by LeBaron on the Packard Tenth Series V-12 chassis in 1933. This example, vehicle number 1006-46, is the only one known to have survived in modern time. It is also the only exam....[continue reading]

Custom Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: 901471
Engine Num: 901473

The Individual Custom Sport Phaeton was offered solely on the Eleventh Series Twelve chassis on a very limited basis. Designed by Packard styling director Edward Macauley, they had fully skirted fenders, rear fender 'spats', streamlined running board....[continue reading]

Convertible Sedan Dietrich by Dietrich
Chassis #: 10062 
Convertible Victoria by Dietrich
Chassis #: 100622 
Convertible Victoria by Dietrich
 
Stationary Coupe Dietrich by Dietrich
 
Stationary Coupe Dietrich by Dietrich
Chassis #: 100605 
Sedan by Fernandez & Darrin
 
Convertible Sedan Dietrich by Dietrich
Chassis #: 900 245 
Convertible Sedan Dietrich by Dietrich
Chassis #: 901615 
All Weather Town Car LeBaron by LeBaron
Chassis #: 901626 
Custom Sport Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis #: 901471 

History

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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