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1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six

Chassis number : 900245

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Sold for $1,050,000 at 2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
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. In 1902 it became the Packard Motor Car Company and moved to Detroit in 1903. Early luxury cars were powered predominately by huge displacement six-cylinder engines until Cadillac introduced a V-8 in 1915.

Packard responded in 1916 with the sensational Twin-Six, which became the favorite of film stars, industrialists and head of state. This engine was replaced by the smooth running straight eight in 1924. In 1930, Cadillac again set off a cylinder race by introduced a V-12 and a V-16. Packard responded with this new V-12 in 1932. The V-12 displaced 445.5 cubic-inches developing 160 horsepower. Top speed was reportedly over 100 mph, although Packard advertising modestly claimed only 85 mph.

This Custom Series Packard was named Runner-Up to Best of Show at the 1963 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It was driven to that show by then owner/restorer Harold Crosby from his home in Southern California. Sold new to singer Al Jolson it was a mating of Packard's all new Twin Six chassis with their also new vee-windshield Dietrich series of custom bodies.

This car is one of only two Dietrich built in this body style for 1932. It is known for its open fenders without skirts and headlamps forward of the grille. The hood sides are sculpted to leave room to easily open the hood.

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Provenance *
* Please note, dates are approximate

2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,200,000-USD $1,500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,050,000

2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ

Lot was not sold

1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Packard Model 906 Twin Six

(Data based on Model Year 1932 sales)
1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Convertible Sedan by Dietrich
Chassis#: 900245
Sold for USD$1,050,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six image  1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six image  
1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Sport Phaeton in the style of Dietrich
Chassis#: 900362
Sold for USD$374,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six image  1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six image  
1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Sport Phaeton in the style of Dietrich
Chassis#: 900 362
Sold for USD$440,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six image  1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six image  
1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Convertible Sedan by Dietrich
Chassis#: 900104
Sold for USD$840,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six image  1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six image  
1932 Packard Individual Custom Eight Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 194206
Sold for USD$313,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
 
1932 Packard Individual Custom Twin Six Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 900331
Sold for USD$946,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six image  1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six image  
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six image  1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six image  
1932 PACKARD 906 DIETRICH SPORT PHAETON
Sold for USD$275,000
  2007 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2007
 

Packard Model 906 Twin Sixs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Sport Phaeton by Dietrich9003312019 RM Sothebys : Monterey $750,000$950,000
1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Convertible Sedan by Dietrich9001042018 RM Sothebys : Hershey $600,000$750,000
1932 Packard Twin Six 906 Individual Custom Convertible Sedan9002452017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ   
1932 Packard Dual Cowl Phaeton 2013 Mecum Auctions Monterey$500,000  
1932 Packard Twin Six 906 Sport Phaeton Dietrich Style 2012 Leake Auctions Tulsa$295,000  

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1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six Profiles

1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six vehicle information
Sedan Limiousine
Chassis #: 900362
Engine #: 900 353
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis #: 900245
Engine #: 900229
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six vehicle information
Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis #: 900331
Engine #: 900362
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis #: 900104
Engine #: 900116
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six vehicle information
Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich