1939 Packard 1708 Twelve

History

The Packard Twelve was produced from 1933 to 1939 with over 35,000 examples produced. It is considered by many to be one of the finest automobiles produced by Packard and one of the most significant creations of the classic car era. The long and flowing front hood hid a 445 cubic-inch side-valve twelve cylinder engine that was refined, powerful, smooth, and quiet.

The engine was originally destined for a front wheel drive project which eventually proved to have weaknesses. That and the anticipated development cost were too much to be practical so Packard decided to scrap the idea. Cadillac had introduced their 16-cylinder engine and other marques such as Pierce-Arrow were improving the performance of their offerings. Packard was feeling the pressure and decided to place the engine into the Deluxe Eight Chassis and dubbed it the Twin Six. The name was in honor of Packard's achievement fifteen years earlier when the introduced their first 12-cylinder engine. By 1933 the name was changed to Twelve to be inline with the rest of the Packard models.

Most of the Packard production Twelve's received factory bodies. Only a handful received custom coachwork by such greats as LeBaron and Dietrich.

In 1935 Packard introduced more horsepower and mechanical improvements. The suspension became more plush and comfortable while the steering became easier to operate. The cars were designed and built as one unit including the fenders, running boards, hood and body.

1936 the final year for 17 inch wire wheels and the double blade bumpers with hydraulic dampers.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008

1939 Vehicle Profiles

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve vehicle information

Touring Sedan

Since 1939 was the last year for V-12 Packard's, All V-12's were manufactured on order only, there were 446 built, of the 86 that were the same model as this, there are only five known survivors.....[continue reading]

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve vehicle information

Touring Cabriolet
Coachwork: Brunn

Chassis Num: B602303A
Engine Num: B602030A

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....[continue reading]

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve vehicle information

Formal Sedan

Packard Motor Car Company was in business in Detroit, MI from 1899 to 1958. This prestigious Packard Series 1708 V-12 is rare with limited production and is constructed on the relatively short wheelbase of 139 inches. This 5-passenger formal sedan ....[continue reading]

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve vehicle information

All Weather Cabriolet
Coachwork: Brunn

Chassis Num: 17082002

Packard produced their 'Twin Six' model from 1916 to 1923. They had a long pedigree with the twelve-cylinder engine. When the multi-cylinder wars began to escalate in Detroit during the 1930s, Packard resurrected the Twin Six name with a completely....[continue reading]

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: B602257

1939 was the final year for the V12 Packard production and the Convertible Sedan was their most expensive model offered during that year. This 1939 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan was recently discovered in California where it wore its 1951 Califor....[continue reading]

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve vehicle information

Touring Sedan

Chassis Num: 1253-2006
Engine Num: B602138

Packard's twin-six engine was ready for the 1932 model year and was a completely new engine. It was positioned at a 67-degree vee and had a displacement of 445 cubic-inches which meant it was 20 more than the old engine. Even with this small amount....[continue reading]

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve vehicle information

Sport Sedan
Coachwork: Bohman & Schwartz

This 1939 Packard Twelve Bohman & Schwartz Sport Sedan was a 'one-off' according to the book 'The Packard Story' and was the most expensive Packard built in 1939. It features a leather top with hard top type windows. The car was built for the Weyer....[continue reading]

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 12532017
Engine Num: B602387

1939 was a very significant year for Packards, as it was the last year for the Packard 12-cylinder automobiles. For 1939, fewer than 450 examples were built before production came to an end. ....[continue reading]

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: B602122
Engine Num: B602122
Gearbox Num: Vehicle #: 1253-21844

The Packard Convertible Sedan, style number 1253, accounted for only a small number of sales, with just 20 built. It is believed that fewer than six has survived today. This example is early in the production run with a well-known history and has ess....[continue reading]

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve vehicle information

Touring Sedan

This luxurious touring sedan sold new for $4,485.00. Only 446 Packard V-12's were built in 1939. All of the V-12's were built on a per-order basis, none left the plant unsold. The 1708 series V-12 Packard had a 139 inch wheelbase. 1939 introduced a t....[continue reading]

1939 Packard 1708 Twelve vehicle information

All Weather Cabriolet
Coachwork: Brunn

The Packard Twelve was built from 1933 to 1939 with over 35,000 examples produced. Introduced in 1939, Packard's 17th series marked the final year for the 12-cylinder model, and it is considered by many to be one of the finest automobiles produced by....[continue reading]

Touring Sedan
 
Touring Cabriolet by Brunn
Chassis #: B602303A 
Formal Sedan
 
All Weather Cabriolet by Brunn
Chassis #: 17082002 
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: B602257 
Touring Sedan
Chassis #: 1253-2006 
Sport Sedan by Bohman & Schwartz
 
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 12532017 
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: B602122 
Touring Sedan
 
All Weather Cabriolet by Brunn
 


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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$325-$8,400
1939 1708 Twelve
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve Price Range: $4,500 - $8,400

$1,100 - $1,900

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Packard
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)33,776
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)24,350
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)55,718
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)122,593
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)788
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)

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