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1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six Convertible Sedan Vehicle Profile

1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six photograph

1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six photograph

1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six
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 V8 in 1915.

Packard responded in 1916 with the Twin-Six, which became the favorite of film stars, industrialists and heads 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 V12 and a V16. Packard responded with this new V12 in 1932. The V12 displaced 445.5 cubic-inches developing 160 horsepower. Top speed was reportedly over 100 mph, although Packard advertising modestly claimed only 85 mph.

Many consider 1932 as the ultimate year for the design of custom bodied prestige automobiles. With a variety of companies throughout the world in the custom body business in the 20's, only a few established themselves as the cream of the crop. Dietrich was certainly one of them.

Dietrich, Inc. was an American coachbuilder founded in 1925 by Raymond H. Dietrich, who was also the co-founder of LeBaron Incorporated in New York. He was known to be a close friend to Edsel Ford, who introduced him to Fred Murray, owner of the Murray Body Corporation. Ford was able to convince him to partly finance Dietrich to start his own body company. Murray had hoped for an in-house source for designing and building custom bodies for luxury cars. It is said that Dietrich himself held 50% of the stock.

Dietrich, Inc. did styling work for standard bodies for Packard, Franklin, and Erskine. Dietrich, Inc. also built custom bodies to single orders, and proposed semi-customs for Lincoln, which was then headed by Edsel Ford.

By September 1930, Dietrich was out of his company and Dietrich, Inc. was closed in 1936. In 1932, Raymond Dietrich became the first head of design of Chrysler (until 1938).

This car is one of two Dietrich built in this body style for 1932. It was built for Al Jolson and its twin for golf legend, Gene Sorensen. 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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1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1932 sales)
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
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Packard Model 906 Twin Six
1932 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Packard Model 906 Twin Six
1932 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich

Chassis information for the Packard Model 906 Twin Six
1932 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Packard Model 905 Twin Six
1932 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Dietrich

Chassis information for the Packard Model 905 Twin Six
1932 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Packard Model 905 Twin Six
1932 Roadster Coupe
Coachbuilder: Dietrich

Chassis information for the Packard Model 905 Twin Six
1932 Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Packard Model 905 Twin Six
1932 Roadster Coupe
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 900049

Chassis information for the Packard Model 906 Twin Six
1932 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 900104
Engine Num: 900116
Chassis information for the Packard Model 906 Twin Six
1932 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 900245
Engine Num: 900229

Chassis information for the Packard Model 906 Twin Six
1932 Sport Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 900331
Engine Num: 900362
Chassis information for the Packard Model 906 Twin Six
1932 Sedan Limiousine
Chassis Num: 900362
Engine Num: 900 353

Chassis information for the Packard Model 905 Twin Six
1932 Sport Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 900363
Engine Num: 900363
Chassis information for the Packard Model 905 Twin Six
1932 Sport Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis Num: 900441

1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six

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