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1937 Packard 1508 Twelve

Chassis number : 1508216

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High bid of $162,500 at 2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns. (did not sell)
Packard's 'Twin Six' was launched in 1932 and was the company's flagship status and became an instant legend. The following year, the model was renamed as the 'Packard Twelve', and was offered in a myriad of body styles, including standard production models and many Dietrich designs, which were supplemented by those from Brunn and LeBaron during the Twelve's final years.

For 1935, Packard introduced new, highly streamlined bodies. Mechanically, the V12 engine gained lighter-weight aluminum cylinder heads and pistons. It also received a quarter-inch of stroke bringing its displacement to 473 cubic-inches and horsepower to 175.

The 15th Series of Packards (1937) received all-new coil-sprung independent front suspension, hydraulic brakes, vacuum-assisted clutch and brakes. Total Packard production for the year exceeded 87,000 units, with a mere 1,300 of those being the exclusive Twelve. The most expensive vehicle in the line-up was the LeBaron bodied All-Weather Town Car which listed at $5,900. The chassis was large, measuring 144.5-inches.

This example was sold by the Jenkintown, Pennsylvania Packard dealer to Selia Carnil, and after her death in 1940, it returned to the dealer and was sold to a relative of Harold Pitcairn of Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. In the early 1950s, it was sold to Phil Steen of Chatham, New Jersey, under whom it was restored and finished in black. A few years later, in 1958, it was sold to R. Gross, through whom the car passed to Les Hartman of Wisconsin. At the time, Mr. Hartman was in the process of moving to Arizona, so the Town Car was shipped there directly. Mr. Hartman sold it to Guy Apple of Mesa, Arizona, before it passed through two more known owners and was acquired by Don Harter of Holmdel, New Jersey in November 1976.

Mr. Harter would retain the car for a long period of time, during which it was almost completely restored. It was given a new high-speed rear-axle gears. Eventually, the car was purchased by Harry Clark who finished the restoration and then placed the Packard on display at the Murphy Museum in Oxnard, California.

The car has been shown at Amelia Island and Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, along with many other events. It bears CCCA Senior badge number 2333. In 2008, it was awarded Best Closed Car at Chicago's Barrington Concours.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2011

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2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $180,000-USD $220,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $162,500

1937 Packard 1508 Twelve Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Packard 1508 Twelve

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 Packard Twelve Series 1508 Limousine
Sold for USD$71,500
  2021 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1937 Packard Twelve 1508 Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 906-204
Sold for USD$451,000
  2020 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale Arizona Auction
 
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$170,500
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1937 Packard Twelve Limousine
Sold for USD$50,000
  2016 Mecum : Chicago
 
1937 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$275,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve image  1937 Packard 1508 Twelve image  
1937 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$198,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
 
1937 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 1073-237
Sold for USD$220,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve image  1937 Packard 1508 Twelve image  
1937 Packard Twelve Seven-Passenger Limousine
Chassis#: 1039-309
Sold for USD$49,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
 
1937 Packard Twelve Seven-Passenger Touring Sedan
Chassis#: 1034-434
Sold for USD$71,500
  2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve image  1937 Packard 1508 Twelve image  
1937 Packard Fifteenth Series 1508
Sold for USD$48,400
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve image  1937 Packard 1508 Twelve image  
1937 Packard 115 Coupe
Sold for USD$14,980
  2005 The Florida Collector Car Auction
 
1937 PACKARD 1508 TOURING LIMOUSINE
Sold for USD$50,600
  2003 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2003
 

Packard 1508 Twelves That Failed To Sell At Auction

1937 Packard 1508 Twelve's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria by Rollston 2019 RM Sothebys : Monterey $900,000$1,200,000
1937 Packard Twelve 1508 Convertible Sedan1073-2392018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $350,000$450,000
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve Convertible Sedan 2018 Mecum : Houston$205,000  
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve Convertible Sedan 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$190,000  
1937 Packard Twelve 1508 Convertible Sedan10732392012 Worldwide The Auburn Auction $300,000$350,000
1937 Packard Twelve All-Weather Town Car by LeBaron15082162011 RM Auctions Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns$162,500$180,000$220,000
1937 Packard Series 1508 V-121073-2082009 Bonhams Bicentennial Pavilion at Hotel Murano $250,000$300,000

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1937 Packard 1508 Twelve Profiles

1937 Packard 1508 Twelve vehicle information
Flower Car
Designer: Miller
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Designer: Dietrich
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Designer: Dietrich
Chassis #: 1073-236
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Designer: Dietrich
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve vehicle information
Art Carved Hearse
Designer: Miller
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Designer: Dietrich
Chassis #: 1073239
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve vehicle information
All Weather Town Car
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 1508216
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Designer: Dietrich
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Designer: Dietrich
Chassis #: 1073-237
Engine #: 906736
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Designer: Dietrich
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Rollston & Company
Engine #: 906331
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Designer: Dietrich
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Designer: Dietrich