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1916 Packard Twin Six Racer Boattail Racer Vehicle Profile

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer photograph

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Brothers James and William Packard founded the Ohio Automobile Company in Warren in 1900. Sales rose quickly, and by 1902, their company's name was changed to Packard Motor Company. Packard soon became widely regarded as a premier American make. In 1911 the new Packard 'Six' was launched. In May of 1915, the engine was doubled into a common crankshaft to become Packard's greatest innovation: the new 'Twin Six' for 1916 models which was the first production V-12 engine. Designed by Packard VP and Chief Engineer Jesse Vincent, it remained in production into 1923 influencing many future V-12 designers and the famed 'Liberty' aircraft engine. Another innovative feature was placement of the 3-speed transmission behind the flywheel rather than conventional mounting to the differential, a novel concept at the time.

During 1916, Packard built two special racing cars that were driven by Italian immigrant Ralph DePalma. With interests toward manufacturing aircraft engines, the first was the '905 Special' (905 CID Packard Liberty engine). The second was the much lighter '299 Special' with the 'Twin Six.' The first Packard V-12 displaced 424 CID producing 85 horsepower at an astonishing, for the time, 3000 RPM. With production cars being highly profitable, Packard experimented with many engines, and it is thought, built this 'special' with a 299 CID engine for the 5-liter formula emerging at the time. During 1920, this Packard was shipped to Argentina, and then was raced throughout South America. It was found, amazingly intact in Paraguay and subsequently restored to the current form with the larger 424 engine.

This Packard race car is believed to be the first Packard racing vehicle ever imported into Argentina. It competed quite successfully, winning several titles, including the 'Championship of the Mile' in 1920 and 1921. The car set a national speed record of 166.666 kilometers per hour, which stood until 1929. The car was retired in the late 1920s, and was stored in several locations in Paraguay until its discovery by the current owner in the 1990s. When discovered, the car was amazingly intact, retaining most of its original and unique racing components. This racer was most likely built by the Packard Experimental Department to showcase their new 424 cubic-inch Twin Six power-plant.


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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1916 sales)
1917 Packard 2-25 Twin Six Runabout
Sold for USD$115,500
  2021 RM Sothebys : Open Roads February
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1916 Packard Twin Six Runabout Racer
Chassis#: 32168
Sold for USD$155,100
  2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
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Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer'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
1916 Packard Twin Six Experimental RacerPMC-X00512008 Automobiles of London$90,000$200,000$250,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Packard Twin Six Racer
1916 Runabout Racer
Chassis Num: 32168
Engine Num: 127642

Chassis information for the Packard Twin Six
1918 Deluxe Town Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis information for the Packard Twin Six
1918 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Rubay
Engine Num: 158825

Chassis information for the Packard Twin-Six 3-35
1920 Tourer
Chassis Num: 160466
Engine Num: 160466

1916 Packard Twin Six Racer

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