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 as a 737 five-passenger coupe and with additional factory customization took an extra three months to complete. The large body trunk provided extra room for luggage while the trunk rack had one less horizontal bar when compared to the traditional offerings. The bar was removed so it would not detract from the body trunk line.

It is finished in a dark blue with a light blue pinstripe accenting the curves and body lines. It has dual side mounted spare tires with whitewall tires, V-shaped headlights, twin fender mounted accessory lights and an exhaust heater. The exhaust heater sent the heat from the muffler to the floor of the passenger compartment.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2007
Chassis Num: 902172
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. Most of the mechanics are of the eight-cylinder chassis including the brakes and transmission meaning that it was both light weight and powerful.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2008
Touring Car
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 in 1934. Its primary purpose was to be used as a parade car for such dignitaries as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Mayor of New York, Fiorello LaGuardia, the World Champion New York Yankees and other dignitaries of the era.

The City of New York owned this car until the 1950s, when it was purchased by Leo Gephart. Mr. Gephart, in turn, sold it to James Dougherty of Indianapolis, who sold it to the current owner in 2005. A complete restoration was completed in 2007.

This car was originally purchased by the City of New York in 1934. Its primary use was as a parade car for such dignitaries as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, the World Champion New York Yankees and other celebrities of the time.

This 1934 Packard 1107 Twelve 7 Passenger Touring Car was the last to feature the classic swept fender lines as future models would use the streamlined look. The front end featured a V-shaped radiator and matching headlights and fender lights. The interior is equally as elegant, with a walnut trim and many luxurious appointments.

Packard offered a wide array of body-styles for the Twelve Series in 1934, but the Rumble Seat Coupe Roadster was considered the most desirable and rare. There are now only twenty examples known to have survived the test of time. A total of fifty had been produced in 1934.

The City of New York continued to use this car until the 1950's when it was purchased by Leo Gephart, who in turn sold it to James Dougherty of Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Doughtery owned the car until the current owner purchased it in October of 2005. Upon taking possession of this car, he immediately began a body-off restoration which was completed by the summer of 2007.
Runabout Speedster Model 1106
Coachwork: LeBaron
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 of Packard design. The top disappeared under a metal lid behind the seat. The engine is a V12 of 445 cubic-inches, and has single Stromberg carburetion with an automatic cold-start feature. The wheelbase is 135 inches, and the car features a three-speed all synchromesh transmission. New, this example sold for $7,746.
Dietrich Hardtop Coupe
Coachwork: Dietrich
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.

Dietrich built custom bodies for Packard and these special cars have come to epitomize the ultimate in Classic styling. Every line is exquisite, starting with the graceful v-windshield, continuing with the Dietrich trademark beltline, and finishing with a superb elegantly tailored roofline and tail.

The car's engine puts out 160 horsepower from its 445 cubic-inches. It is a side-valve V-12 configuration with a two-barrel Stromberg downdraft carburetor featuring automatic cold-start. The car also has a three-speed synchromesh transmission with reverse and shaft drive with a hypoid rear axle.

Given that factory historical documentation does not exist for Packards, it is rare indeed to find a car with proof of its origins; not only does this car retain its original data tag, but it has the only known service booklet which documents the car and original engine number, original owner, and delivery details.

Just four other examples of the Dietrich Twelve exist; two in California, one in Michigan, and one in New Hampshire.
Convertible Coupe
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 exceptional reliability, smoothness and sophistication. Quality of construction gave long life; many early owners had their chassis re-bodied multiple times.

The new twelve was a clean sheet design, introduced in 1932. The early history of this particular 1934 Pierce-Arrow is not known, however, at some point during the 1950's it joined the Harrah's Automobile Collection in Reno, Nevada.

In the mid 1980's, this car was purchased by a California Collector. The process of restoration began in the 1990's with a variety of well respected artisans participating in the project. During the chassis restoration, a set of high speed gears were fitted in order to permit relaxed cruising at today's highway speeds. The car is well equipped, including dual side mounted spares with metal covers, rumble seats, and of course, the famed Pierce-Arrow archer mascot.

Pierce Arrow club records indicate that just four of these remarkable 12-cylinder convertible coupes remain.
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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