1939 Packard 1708 Twelve Touring Cabriolet / B602303A Vehicle Information

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve photograph

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve photograph

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve photograph

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve photograph

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve photograph

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve1939 Packard 1708 Twelve1939 Packard 1708 Twelve1939 Packard 1708 Twelve1939 Packard 1708 Twelve
Touring Cabriolet
Coachwork: Brunn
Chassis #: B602303A
Engine #: B602030A
Sold for $166,100 at 2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook.
Sold for $123,750 at 2013 RM Auctions - St John's.
Sold for $143,000 at 2014 RM Auctions - Hershey.
Over the course of 1939 only 446 Packard Twelves would be built. Among those, it is estimated that fewer than ten would be examples of Brunn's touring cabriolets. This then, is one exceptional Packard. But the distinguished nature of this car doesn't end there.

Bearing the style number 4086, it is believed this particular car was the first of just two bearing the style number over the course of Packard's 1939 production run. Not surprisingly, this car would end up in Los Angeles as one of the most expensive models ever to be produced and in the hands of Earle C. Anthony, the 'dealer to the stars'.

While there are many details that are certain, there are some other stories that remain legend. One of those include the theory the car's first owner was none other than actor and bandleader Ray Noble.

Putting legend behind, the Touring Cabriolet would end up in the hands of Sam DelRusso Sr. DelRusso would own the car for a number of years, but then, it would end up the property of Robert Castignetti of Massachusetts. Following a period of time with Castignetti, the Touring Cabriolet would move on to become a part of Richard and Linda Kughn's collection.

Besides the legends, there would be some other details of the 1939 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet that would set it apart from the rest of the herd. Some of those exclusive details would include a column-shifted transmission, walnut accents throughout the interior, dual side-mounted spares, external folding trunk rack and the See-Rite side-view mirrors. But then there were the dual-tinted 'Neutralite' skylights positioned above the windshield. These were unique Brunn innovation.

Boasting of a semi-collapsible top and folding rear portion, this Packard was is a true Touring Cabriolet providing all passengers with a special motoring experience. One of the final 'catalogue customs', this 1939 Packard Twelve is certainly exquisite inside and out.

Filled with delicate touches and quite unique features, this Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet is beyond rare. The 175bhp V-12 engine, column-mounted shifter and the other Brunn impressions all help to tell a story that need no legends or myths. It is a story of exclusivity and striking a chord through mechanical art.

This 1939 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet, with its body by Brunn, would be a part of RM Auctions' 2014 Hershey event. Highly original and considered well-preserved, the car would draw pre-auction estimates ranging from between $130,000 and $160,000. In the end, the car would find a new owner garnering a sale price of $143,000.

By Jeremy McMullen
Touring Cabriolet
Coachwork: Brunn
Chassis #: B602303A
Engine #: B602030A
Sold for $166,100 at 2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook.
Sold for $123,750 at 2013 RM Auctions - St John's.
Sold for $143,000 at 2014 RM Auctions - Hershey.
There were just 446 Packard Twelves built in 1939 and the Brunn Touring Cabriolets numbered in single digits. They were the priciest Packards, selling for $1,500 more than the most expensive Rollston Town Car.

This Brunn Collapsible Touring Cabriolet is body number 1 and is a largely original car. The original owner (believed to have been British-born bandleader and composer Ray Noble) purchased the car from Earle C. Anthony, the legendary Los Angeles distributor.

The exterior of the dark is painted in black and all the exterior brightwork is in good condition. There are wide whitewall tires, twin side-mount spares, with hard covers coupled with a commodious trunk and an external folding trunk rack. The interior is tan cloth with walnut accents in the passenger compartment. There is an optional column shifter and a L-head V12 engine offering 175 horsepower.

In 2009, this car was brought to RM Auctions 'Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook' where it was estimated to sell for $175,000-$225,000. As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for the sum of $166,100, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009


2014 RM Auctions - Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $130,000-USD $160,000 
Sale Price :
USD $143,000

2013 RM Auctions - St John's

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $140,000-USD $180,000 
Sale Price :
USD $123,750

2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $175,000-USD $225,000 
Sale Price :
USD $166,100

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Packard Twelve 1708 Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 1253-2015
Sold for USD$106,400
  2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1939 Packard 1708 V-12 7-Passenger Limousine
Sold for USD$47,300
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1939 Packard 1708 V-12 Brunn Touring Cabriolet
Sold for USD$170,500
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1939 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 1253-2017
Sold for USD$170,500
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  
1939 Packard Twelve 1708 Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 12532017
Sold for USD$160,600
  2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  
1939 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet by Brunn
Sold for USD$143,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Hershey
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  
1939 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet by Brunn
Sold for USD$137,500
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1939 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: B602122
Sold for USD$140,250
  2013 RM Auction - Hershey
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  
1939 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet by Brunn
Chassis#: B602030A
Sold for USD$123,750
  2013 RM Auctions - St John's
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  
1939 Packard Twelve All Weather Cabriolet by Brunn
Chassis#: 17082002
Sold for USD$178,750
  2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  
1939 Packard Twelve Five-Passenger Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$170,500
  2010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  
1939 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$275,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
 
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve
Chassis#: B602303A
Sold for USD$166,100
  2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  
1939 Packard Model 1708 Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$176,000
  2009 Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale
 
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve
Sold for USD$64,900
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve
Sold for USD$176,000
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  1939 Packard 1708 Twelve image  
1939 Packard 1708 Touring Limo
Sold for USD$65,270
  2006 The Florida Collector Car Auction
 
1939 Packard Twelve All Weather Town Car
Chassis#: B602426
Sold for USD$126,500
  2006 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1939 Packard V12 Touring Sedan
Chassis#: B602259
Sold for USD$33,000
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 
1939 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$82,500
  2002 Michigan Fall Classic Car Auction - The Kughn Collection
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1939 Packard 1708 Brunn Touring Cabriolet 2016 Dragone Auction Greenwich Weekend Auction $125,000$175,000
1939 Packard Twelve 1708 Convertible Sedan 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$160,000  
1939 Packard Series 1708 Twelve Touring Cabriolet1708-20142012 Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale $160,000$180,000
1939 Packard Twelve Series 1708 Brunn All Weather CabrioletE170820162012 Worldwide Auctions Atlantic City Classic Car   
1939 Packard Model 1708 7 Passenger Limousine 2011 Leake Car Auctions Tulsa 39th Annual Leake Auto Auction$39,000  
1939 Packard Model 1708 Formal SedanB 6021202009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $50,000$60,000
1939 Packard Twelve Armored Convertible SedanB6021382008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions$375,000$500,000$900,000
1939 Packard 1707 12-Cylinder Victoria Convertible 2006 The Florida Collector Car Auction$235,000  
1939 Packard Twelve All Weather Town CarB6024262005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall$130,000$175,000$225,000
1939 PACKARD FOUR DOOR CONVERTIBLE 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$180,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Packard 1708 Twelve1939 All Weather Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis information for the Packard 1707 Twelve1939 Touring Sedan
Chassis Num: 1234-2073
Engine Num: B602445
Chassis information for the Packard 1707 Twelve1939 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1238-2004
Engine Num: B602245
Chassis information for the Packard 1708 Twelve1939 Touring Sedan
Chassis Num: 1253-2006
Engine Num: B602138
Chassis information for the Packard 1708 Twelve1939 Convertible Sedan
Chassis Num: 12532017
Engine Num: B602387
Chassis information for the Packard 1708 Twelve1939 All Weather Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis Num: 17082002
Chassis information for the Packard 1708 Twelve1939 Convertible Sedan
Chassis Num: B602122
Engine Num: B602122
Chassis information for the Packard 1708 Twelve1939 Touring Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis Num: B602303A
Engine Num: B602030A


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