1935 Packard Twelve

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Chassis Num: 838223

The first Packard V12 production vehicle was in 1915 and dubbed the Twin Six. With this vehicle and its potent powerplant, Packard entered into a new degree of sophistication and prowess in the luxury car marketplace. ....[continue reading]

Coupe Roadster

For 1935 Packard refined its flagship Twelve motor by adding aluminum heads and increased stroke (4.25-inches), which increased horsepower to 175. Displacement was 473 cubic-inches. Brakes were mechanical, but with a vacuum assist.....[continue reading]

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 873 232
Engine Num: 86L 066L

This 1935 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan has won First in Class at the 1984 Grand Classic and the 1984 Meadow Brook Hall Concours d'Elegance. It has recently been awarded a Second in Class, a true testament of the quality of the restoration; it was....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Rollston & Company

Only 786 Packard Twelves were built in 1935, and that total was divided among 14 different body styles. One of those body styles was this handsome model by Rollston of New York. For 1935 the Packard Twelve motor featured aluminum cylinder heads and w....[continue reading]

Coupe Roadster

Chassis Num: 903-111

This Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster is the 111th of 3,587 Twelves built in 1935 and the 38th of only 51 Coupe Roadsters built. It is equipped with a trunk rack, wire wheels, dual open side-mounted spare tires with mirrors, Trippe lights, radio, Cormor....[continue reading]

Close-Coupled Limousine
Coachwork: Brewster

Chassis Num: I207 2I5
Engine Num: 903773

One of the wealthy and famous Packard clients during the 1930s was Marjorie Merriwether Post, heir to the Postum Cereal Company, founder of General Foods, and spouse of Edward F. Hutton, of investment-banking fame. During the late-1920s, Marjorie fav....[continue reading]

Sport Phaeton

Chassis Num: 821-202

By the mid-1930s, the Great Depression's effects were still being widely felt all throughout the world and particularly in the United States. Luxury automotive manufacturers were being forced to either face the reality of disappearing or make some dr....[continue reading]

Coupe Roadster

Chassis Num: 189426
Engine Num: 839-215

This Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster (Model 1207) was delivered new by Packard Florida Motors in Palm Beach on February 5th of 1935. It spent the 1960s and 1970s in California. In 1973, the engine was rebuilt by Charles Last and the interior has subseq....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Rollston & Company

Engine Num: 903620

There were 788 examples of the Packard V12s produced for 1935. This particular example, a Convertible Victoria, is believed to have been delivered new in California. It remained with its original owner until the late 1940s. For nearly four decades, i....[continue reading]

Chassis #: 838223 
Coupe Roadster
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 873 232 
Convertible Victoria by Rollston & Company
Coupe Roadster
Chassis #: 903-111 
Close-Coupled Limousine by Brewster
Chassis #: I207 2I5 
Sport Phaeton
Chassis #: 821-202 
Coupe Roadster
Chassis #: 189426 
Convertible Victoria by Rollston & Company


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
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