1934 Packard Twelve news, pictures, specifications, and information
This elegant Packard is the first convertible Victoria that Packard produced in 1934. A gentleman from Tiburon, California, purchased it new on August 3, 1934. The cheapest Twelve cost six times the most expensive Ford. Its well-heeled customers expected and received impeccably crafted land yachts for smooth, quite relatively shift-free cruising in comfort and style.
Packard Twelve's were long, stately cars. Eleven body styles were offered on a 142-inch wheelbase. They were powered by a 445.5 cubic inch engine, with 160 horsepower, which had a top speed of 90 mph.
The current owner purchased the car in 1998 and began the restoration in September 2000 to be ready for Pebble Beach 2003, where it took First in Class.
Factory Custom Coupe
Chassis Num: 737-24
Engine Num: 902412
Sold for $105,600 at 2006 RM Auctions
This 1934 Packard Twelve Factory Custom Five-Passenger Coupe with chassis number 737-24 and engine number 902412 was sold new to the Q.H. Ball Packard Company of Troy, N.Y. on July 21st, 1934. It was accompanied by a bill for $6800. It was ordered [Read More...]By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2007
Sold for $533,500 at 2006 RM Auctions
This 1934 Packard Twelve Runabout Speedster with coachwork in the style of Lebaron sits atop a 135 inch wheelbase and powered by a twelve cylinder engine. Meaning this vehicle has a Packard eight-cylinder chassis but the engine of the Packard Twelve [Read More...]By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2008
The Packard V12 had a 160 horsepower, 445.5 cubic-inch engine with banks of cylinders at 67-degrees, and was produced from 1932 through 1939. Total production in eight years was about 7,000 units. This car was purchased new by the City of New York [Read More...]
There are only a handful of cars which earn universal acclaim in the world of car collecting, and the Packard LeBaron Runabout Speedster is one of those cars. These beautiful automobiles were the advance styling leaders for the following three years [Read More...]
The Packard Twelve was, in many ways, the signature car of the Classic Era. One of the most influential and respected designers of the day was Ray Dietrich, and Packard became one of Dietrich's best customers. [Read More...]
Pierce-Arrow catered to the social and economic elite of the day. Special colors not available to others were kept on hand for important families; seats, carpets, trunks and luggage were all custom fitted. Outstanding engineering gave the cars exce [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
Recent Vehicle Additions
|Lancia Named 2016 Best of Show|
|PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 21, 2016) — The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance concluded with first-time entrant Richard Mattei lifting the top prize high overhead soon after his 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet was named Best of Show at the prestigious competition.
When the award was announced, it took Mattei a moment to grasp the accomplishment: 'I was just happy to be an entrant at Pebble Beach—and now to get an award, and not just one, but three!' His Lancia won its cl...[Read more...]|
|Concours d'Elegance of America : Best of Show|
The 38th Concours d'Elegance of America displayed over 300 of the world's most spectacular contributions to automotive history. This year, the event paid tribute to many special features inclduing Ford GT-40s, Body by Dietrich, Rally Cars, Pierce Arrow, 110 years of Lancia, Jet-Age Travel Trucks, and a spectacular assortment of Classics and early Brass Cars.
The days activites ended with naming the winners of Best of Show American and Best of Show Foreign.
|1960 FERRARI 400 SUPERAMERICA SWB CABRIOLET HEADLINES STUNNING LIST OF EUROPEAN SPORTS-TOURING CARS AT RM'S AMELIA ISLAND SALE|
|• RM Auctions announces additional highlights for its Amelia Island, Florida sale, March 14
• Recent entries led by a 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, one of the most valuable automobiles ever offered during the Amelia Island weekend
• The official auction of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, single-day RM sale lifts gavel more than 90 automobiles
• Premier offerings showcased at http://m.rmauctions.com
BLENHEIM, Ontario (January 27, 2015) – Fresh on the hee...[Read more...]|
|RM Auctions Amelia Island Preview - 2014|
RM Auctions, the world's largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles, will hold its Amelia Island, Florida, sale on March 8th at the Ritz-Carlton.
As the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, RM's Amelia Island sale will feature a magnificent selection of more than 80 handpicked automobiles, with an emphasis on important and historic sports and racing cars, along with elegant coachbuilt classics. Full events details, including a frequently ...[Read more...]|
|63rd Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Names 1934 Packard 'Best of Show'|
|The competition showcased 248 cars, including 48 from abroad
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 18, 2013) -- A 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini III of West Orange, New Jersey, was named Best of Show at the 63rd Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, held Sunday on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links at Pebble Beach Resorts. The event showcased 248 cars from 36 states and 12 countries and raised $1,277,007 for charity.
'This Pack...[Read more...]|