1934 Packard 1108 Twelve news, pictures, specifications, and information
Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
The V12 Packards were produced from 1932 through 1939. The 1934s are especially prized for their graceful concession to the trend toward streamlining while still retaining the Packard classic upright body style.

Only four LeBaron Model 1108 Sport Phaetons were produced and each was a full custom model. All four still exist today. This car was delivered to W.A. Collins, Inc. Hollywood, CA, on May 12th of 1934, and the first owner was rumored to have been Clark Gable, but this has not been proven. This car sold for $7,820 on August 21, 1933, almost double the cost of a standard 1934 model.

The car is powered by a side-valve, 445.47 cubic-inch, V12 engine, producing 160 horsepower, coupled to a three-speed synchro-mesh manual transmission. It was capable of about 90 mph. It rides smoothly on a 147-inch wheelbase.

The current owners restored this car in 2008.
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 1108-65
The individual custom Convertible Victorias were introduced in 1932 and featured the unique V-shaped windscreen and wraparound cowl in the driver's cabin. Another unique feature includes the teardrop-style fenders which required a significant amount   [Read More...]
Convertible Runabout
Coachwork: Dietrich
The 1934 Packard Custom Dietrich Model 1108 Convertible Runabout was very rare. Only a few were built. Today only three of these rare vehicles still exist.

This vehicle came equipped with a V12, 445.5 cubic inch, 160 bhp engine, only 960 o  [Read More...]
Runabout Speedster
Coachwork: LeBaron
This beautiful LeBaron Sport Phaeton was one of the most recognizable V12 Packard's ever built. It was meant to be a companion to LeBaron's sleek Speedster Runabout. Both aerodynamic open models were heavily based on the designs of stylist Ed Macau  [Read More...]
Sport Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 1108-43
Sold for $3,630,000 at 2015 Gooding & Company.
Packard stole the show at the 1933 Century of Progress exhibition in Chicago with a special Dietrich-designed Sport Sedan that came to be known as 'The Car of the Dome.' The design was such a success that it was offered in their 1934 custom catalog.  [Read More...]
Sport Phaeton by Roxas
Coachwork: Roxas
Chassis Num: 902213
Engine Num: 902213
Sold for $352,000 at 2009 Gooding & Company.
The LeBaron bodied Sport Phaeton was the work of Alexis DeSaknoffsky, an individual responsible for many of the elegant coachbuilt bodies during this Era. Unfortunately, only four examples of the LeBaron Sport Phaeton were ever created during the pe  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
Sedan Limousine
This 1934 Packard Twelve Model 1108 Limousine was originally owned by oil baron and philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller. The front compartment has leather trim, which was fairly common in chauffeur driven cars at a time when cloth interior fabrics w  [Read More...]
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
The Convertible Sedan body style was the most popular of the vee-windshield Packards as it offered the intimacy and comfort of a closed car with the top raised and the racy look of a true phaeton with the top down. This example was sold new to the Ma  [Read More...]
Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
This 12-cylinder Sport Phaeton falls into the 11th Series of Packard car production of 1934. The Sport Phaeton, a dual cowl Phaeton an Twelve all-the-way, was another rare body style - style number 280 - and built on the model 1108 147-inch wheelbase  [Read More...]
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
Penned by Ray Dietrich, the vee-windshield custom body series offered by Packard from 1932 through 1934. The original Dietrich design was slightly updated by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky for 1934, with a longer hood flowing over the cowl as seen on th  [Read More...]
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
Packard was the leading luxury marque at the start of the Classic era. It was one of the oldest car companies in America, with the first Packard built in 1899. The company began life as the Ohio Automobile Company based in Warren, Ohio and became the  [Read More...]
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 902534
Sold for $440,000 at 2011 RM Auctions.
This Dietrich-designed, five-place Victoria features side-windows and an expansive blind C-pillar. The 1934 Packards were subtly modernized from the preceding year, with front fenders that now curved down almost to the front bumpers, which were wider  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011
Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 1108-280
High bid of $310,000 at 2011 RM Auctions. (did not sell)
Packard built just three examples of the 1934 Packard Twelve with the Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton body by LeBaron. They sold for the sum of $7065. One of the three cars was owned by restorer Fran Roxas.   [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2011
Stationary Coupe
Coachwork: Dietrich
The coupe is often considered the finest extension of basic design when it comes to classic automobiles. In the case of the 1934 Packard, it is certainly epitomized by the Dietrich body Stationary coupe. The distinctive custom coachwork of the Two-Pl  [Read More...]
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 1108-15
High bid of $22,200,000 at 2012 RM Auctions. (did not sell)
The Raymond Dietrich bodied Packards were both influential and stunning. One of the highlights was the Convertible Victoria, with its blind quarters giving them an unsurpassed elegance. Unlike the convertible coupe, the car provided far more versatil  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2012
Sport Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
This Packard 1008 Sport Sedan was created specifically to be displayed at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, A Century of Progress, which opened in May. It was a Ray Dietrich-style formal sedan modified to present 'The highest expression of the indust  [Read More...]
Runabout Speedster
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 1106-12
This Packard 1108 Runabout Speedster has a unique body by LeBaron. The car gives the illusion of motion even at a standstill. There are torpedo fenders and a boat-tail rear-end. The long front end conceals a 7.3-liter twelve-cylinder engine that p  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2007
Sedan Limousine
Chassis Num: 735-182
Engine Num: 902510
Sold for $66,000 at 2013 RM Auctions.
The Packard Motor Company enjoyed a booming export business, including in Canada. By the mid-1930s, new Packard's were being sent across the Detroit River into Windsor, Ontario, in knocked-down form. The cars were then assembled by the Packard Motor   [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 1108-15
High bid of $22,200,000 at 2012 RM Auctions. (did not sell)
In 1934 Packard offered three different chassis for the 11th series Packard Twelve, and the 1108 was the longest. This Convertible Victoria is one of the most desirable of Raymond Dietrich-designed body styles. The car provides luxury accommodation f  [Read More...]
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
Built in Detroit from 1899 until 1958, Packard was long considered to be the premier luxury automobile. Along with Peerless and Pierce-Arrow, Packard was often referred to as one of the 'Three P's' of American motor car royalty. During the 1930s, whe  [Read More...]
Stationary Coupe
Coachwork: Dietrich
In 1934, the 1108 was the longest of three chassis offered for the 11th Series Packard Twelve, and it was used for the most luxurious models. Like all 11th Series Packards, the Model 1108 featured a smooth-running V12 engine producing a very capable   [Read More...]
Sport Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 1108-43
Sold for $3,630,000 at 2015 Gooding & Company.
Maybe it was born of the times, maybe it was Dietrich. In 2013, a 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 Dietrich Convertible Victoria would take Best of Show honors at Pebble Beach. This was rightly deserved. Exclusivity and striking beauty, there was really no d  [Read More...]

By Jeremy McMullen
Sport Sedan
Coachwork: Derham
Chassis Num: 1108-88
Engine Num: 902314
This Derham body Sport Sedan began its life mounted on a 1930 Packard 745 owned by John Bromley. When he purchased a Packard Twelve chassis in 1934, he had the body transferred to that car.   [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 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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