1937 Packard 1507 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

1937 Vehicle Profiles

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria

Chassis Num: 906287

The Packard Twelve was a conservative and elegant automobile with a refined chassis and a whisper-quiet engine. For 1935, Packard introduced all-new bodies that offered true envelope styling with the body, hood, fenders and running boards incorporate....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Coupe

The later series Packard V12s have been referred to in the press as 'the nearest thing to steam' in an internal combustion engine. A drive in this two-passenger coupe will demonstrate that. The year 1937 was Packard's best sales year to that date, ....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria

Packard's V12 series automobiles were produced in the greatest numbers in 1937; that year 1,300 cars were sold. This particular roadster was delivered new to Italy, an example of Packard's successful export marketing. The use of independent front s....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria

Manufactured near the end of the classic car era, this 1507 series Packard Convertible Coupe cost more than many moderate homes of that era.....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria

'Ask the Man who owns one' was the slogan of this Detroit built luxury automobile manufacturer.....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria

The year 1937 was Packard's best sales year for V-12s, with 1,300 cars delivered. It was also a year of many improvements, including the addition of hydraulic brakes and independent front suspension. By this point in its evolution, the Packard Twelve....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich

Many consider the 1935 to 1939 Twelve's to be the finest automobiles ever produced by the Packard Motor Car Company. It is true that they represented the end of an era; never again would Packard offer the exceptional quality of a hand-built senior ca....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria

This automobile was originally delivered in San Antonio, Texas. It was purchased twenty years ago by Dee Howard, of San Antonio. Dee restored the car in the recent past, and has taken it on several CCCA caravans. It has won first place in both the Ju....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Roadster Coupe

Chassis Num: 10939-236

Packard's 15th Series was introduced on September 3, 1936. An incredible 50 models were available for 1937. With the success of its 120 Model, Packard decided to go even further into the mid-price territory with the introduction of the Six priced jus....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Roadster Coupe

Chassis Num: 906694

The Fifteenth Series Packards of 1937 saw a comprehensive list of mechanical improvements over the previous series. Most notably, the introduction of 'Safe-T-Flex' independent front suspension based on the design of the junior One-Twenty was debuted ....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Roadster Coupe

Engine Num: 906192AA

The 15th Series 'senior' Packards of 1937 were given 'Safe-T-Flex' independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes with a vacuum-boosted brake and clutch. They were conservatively elegant automobiles with a modern design and were elegantly appointe....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Coupe

For 1937 Packard sold 1,300 12-cylinder cars. Only 41 special order coupes were ordered and a half dozen survive today. This was the absolute pinnacle of custom Packards as the coupe sold for in excess of $110,000 in today's money. Each was special o....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich

Packard produced the Twelve Series from 1933 to 1939. Its name referred to the twelve cylinder engine that displaced 473.3 cubic-inches and produced 175 horsepower. The V12 could propel the car from zero-to-sixty mph in 17 seconds. They featured vacu....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Coupe

Packard's 15th Series was introduced in September 1936, and around 50 different models were available for 1937. Packard offered new vehicles in almost every price bracket, but only a handful received custom coachwork by such greats as LeBaron and Die....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Roadster Coupe

The Packard V12 series automobiles were produced in the greatest numbers in 1937 when 1,300 were sold. The 15 series upgrades included an independent front suspension and a new hydraulic braking system that replaced the outdated mechanical brakes. Th....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Club Sedan

Packard's top models set the standard for the American luxury car industry, and the Twelve is considered to be not only one of the marque's finest automobiles but one of the most significant creations of the Classic Era. It was produced from 1932 to ....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Roadster Coupe

By the 1930s, the Packard Motor Company of Detroit, Michigan had a lineup of car models unlike anyone else. The company would sell over 100,000 cars in 1937, mostly 6 or 8 cylinder models. Packard's first twelve cylinder engine automobiles became syn....[continue reading]

1937 Packard 1507 Twelve vehicle information

Coupe

Packard was an American luxury automobile manufacturer based in Detroit. The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last Detroit-built Packard left the line in 1956.....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Chassis #: 906287 
Coupe
 
Convertible Victoria
 
Convertible Victoria
 
Convertible Victoria
 
Convertible Victoria
 
Sport Phaeton by Dietrich
 
Convertible Victoria
 
Roadster Coupe
Chassis #: 10939-236 
Roadster Coupe
Chassis #: 906694 
Roadster Coupe
 
Coupe
 
Convertible Victoria by Dietrich
 
Coupe
 
Roadster Coupe
 
Club Sedan
 
Roadster Coupe
 
Coupe
 

  • Disc-type steel wheels
  • Elimination of the Bijur central chassis lubrication system
  • hydraulic brakes
  • Introduction of 'Safe-T-Flex' independent front suspension.
  • Recent Vehicle Additions

    Performance and Specification Comparison

    Price Comparison

    $152-$3,400
    1937 Packard 1507 Twelve
    $5,725-$12,075
    1937 Packard 1507 Twelve Price Range: $3,400 - $5,725

    $1,150 - $1,600
    $1,355 - $1,450

    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)
    1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)4,800
    1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)4,844

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