1916 Packard 2-25 Twin Six / 32168 Chassis Information

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Runabout Racer
Chassis Num: 32168
Engine Num: 127642
Sold for $155,100 at 2011 Gooding & Company.
This Packard 2-25 Twin Six Runabout Race Car was shipped to Baltimore on November 19th of 1916, along with two other lightweight two-seat Runabouts, and then shipped to Argentina. The original owner is unknown though it is believed that it may have gone into the care of Mr. Mariano de la Fuente or a Mr. De Palma. Years later, in the 1950s or 1960s, it was discovered in its current configuration showing visible signs of active competition. Ownership passed to C. William Humphreys, a Shell Oil Company executive, who intended to restore it yet never did. It was sold in 1962 to Frederick D. Douglas, an oil company employee. He attempted to ship it back to the US, but Argentine customs declined to release the vehicle. Instead, Douglas removed several of the cars parts and had them shipped to Houston in a clandestine manner. The parts were replaced with various junk parts and the car was painted red, black and green. The disguise worked and the Packard left Argentina on the Nopal Star in late 19663 for Houston. When it arrived in Texas, it was impounded by U.S. Customs until August of 1965.

When Douglas died in 1968, the car was still in unrestored condition, though he had stripped it down and begun attempts at getting it to run again. Elwood Hardman, another individual associated with Shell oil, purchased the car in February of 1969. The car would travel with Hardman as throughout his transfers, from New Mexico, to Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans, and Evergreen, Colorado. It would remain in Colorado for over 25 years in unrestored condition before selling to Bill Eyler and restorer Dave Rosenwinge in 2001. It was sold to Rick Eagan and Tony Reed while Eyler and Rosenwinge continued its restoration.

In 2002 it was displayed at the National Packard Museum's Car Show as one of the feature cars. Upon completion of its restoration, it was on display at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and participated in the inaugural Pebble Beach Motoring Classis and the pre-Conocurs 'Tour d'Elegance.'

Though the early history of this car is not known for certain, Alvaro Casal Tatlock in South America has done research into early Packard racing in Argentina. His findings include a modified two-seater which matches this car, chassis 32168. Early in 1918, Mariano de la Fuente raced a Packard (perhaps this car) in the Chiesa Cup where he finished second. A Packard Twin Six was driven by Alejandro Schoega achieved the second fastest speed in the 1920 'Champion of Kilometers' race on the La Plata road. In 1921, De La Fuente placed sixth in the Chiesa Cup while Schoega appeared with a modified Twin Six in the Championship of Kilometers in 1921, setting an Argentine record of 166.6 kph.

Another Packard (perhaps this car) was owned by 'Macoco' (Alzaga Unzue) and entered in the 1922 Argentine Grand Prix where it was piloted by Raul Riganti and Blanco. There are several other mentions of Packards in early long distance, Grand Prix, and American Cup races that could have been this car.

This car rides on a wheelbase that measures just 125.5-inches and powered by an L-head 60-degree V12 that is mated to a three-speed manual gearbox. There is a live axle and semi-elliptical leaf spring suspension. On all four corners are mechanically actuated drum brakes.

In 2008 this racer was brought to the Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by Worldwide Auctioneers where it was estimated to sell for $275,000-$325,000. Sadly, bidding failed to satisfy the reserve and the lot was left unsold.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2008

Chassis# 32168

2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
Pre-Auction Estimates :$175,000-$225,000 
Sale Price : $155,100
2008 Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction
Pre-Auction Estimates :$275,000-$325,000 
Lot was not sold

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1916 sales)
1916 Packard Twin Six Runabout Racer
Chassis#: 32168
Sold for $155,100
  2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
    

No Sale

1916 Packard 2-25 Twin Six's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1916 Packard 2-25 Twin Six 2008 Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction $275,000$325,000

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