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1938 Packard 1608 Twelve All Weather Town Car

New York City coachbuilder Rollston was highly regarded for its formal town cars, which were designed to be driven by a liveried chauffeur who rode exposed to the elements, in the style of horse-drawn carriages. Their popularity led Packard to catalogue them as a 'semi-custom' and with the economic turmoil caused by the Great Depression, Packard felt that it was necessary to produce the All-Weather Town Car in the most cost-effective way possible. Thus, rather than having Rollston build entire new bodies from scratch, Packard sent them its own touring limousine bodies, which were then modified by Rollston with padded formal rooflines, fine interior trim, and open front seats.

This particular Sixteenth Series All-Weather Town Car is one of only three known Rollston survivors. The original firewall tag records its delivery as October 8th of 1937, by the Packard branch located on 11th Avenue in New York City. The original owner of this example is not known. It was acquired by the current owners from an East Coast owner in 1989, and it has resided in the Detroit area ever since.

The car is finished in Packard Maroon and features leather upholstery for the driver and soft wool broadcloth for the passengers, with the interior being lit by courtesy lamps and surrounded by richly hued woodwork. It is equipped with the tendelet, to cover the driver's seat in the rear, as well as a lap robe for the passengers.

The car has achieved CCCA Premier status, and it appeared at the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance in both 2004 and 2010.

2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $100,000-USD $140,000 
Sale Price :
USD $121,000

1938 Packard 1608 Twelve Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Packard 1608 Twelve

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 PACKARD TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Chassis#: 11532026
Sold for USD$150,700
  2023 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1938 Packard Twelve Phaeton by Derham
Sold for USD$250,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  
1938 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet by Brunn
Sold for USD$121,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  
1938 Packard Twelve 1608 Touring Limousine
Chassis#: A600062
Sold for USD$66,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1938 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet by Brunn
Chassis#: 1608-2007
Sold for USD$132,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  
1938 Packard Twelve 1608 All-Weather Cabriolet
Chassis#: 608 2022
Sold for USD$280,500
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  
1938 Packard 1608
Sold for USD$122,500
  2018 GAA : July 2018
 
1938 Packard Twelve Landaulet by Rollston
Chassis#: 1608-2025
Sold for USD$224,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  
1938 Packard Twelve Sedan
Sold for USD$66,000
  2015 Auctions America - California
 
1938 PACKARD 1608 TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Sold for USD$143,000
  2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction
 
1938 Packard Twelve Model 1608 All-Weather Cabriolet
Chassis#: 608 2022
Sold for USD$440,000
  2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  
1938 Packard Twelve All-Weather Town Car by Rollston
Chassis#: 1135-2005
Sold for USD$121,000
  2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  
1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 1153-2019
Sold for USD$198,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  
1938 Packard V-12 Coupe
Sold for USD$60,500
  2013 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale
 
1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 600583
Sold for USD$132,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Arizona
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  
1938 Packard Twelve All-Weather Collapsible Cabriolet by Brunn
Sold for USD$137,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
 
1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 11392020
Sold for USD$165,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  
1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: A600520
Sold for USD$167,750
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  
1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$198,000
  2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions
 
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve
Chassis#: 411472
Sold for USD$99,000
  2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  1938 Packard 1608 Twelve image  

Packard 1608 Twelves That Failed To Sell At Auction

1938 Packard 1608 Twelve's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan1608-11532022 Mecum Indy$150,000  
1938 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet by BrunnA6004852019 Auburn Spring : RM Auctions $125,000$150,000
1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan 2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey $150,000$175,000
1938 Packard Twelve All-Weather Cabriolet by Brunn 2018 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale $100,000$125,000
1938 PACKARD TWELVE BRUNN ALL WEATHER CABRIOLET 2017 Dragone Lime Rock Park $200,000$225,000
1938 Packard Twelve 1608 Convertible Victoria1608-20302017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $650,000$750,000
1938 Packard Twelve Custom Landaulette160820252013 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction $475,000$550,000
1938 PACKARD 1708 LIMOUSINE 2011 Auctions America Fort Lauderdale$59,000  
1938 Packard 1608 Convertible Sedan 2009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $140,000$160,000
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve Brunn 2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction $150,000$225,000

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