1938 Packard 1607 Twelve

1938 Packard 1607 Twelve vehicle information

Coupe Roadster

Engine Num: A600374

For 1938 Packard introduced their new modern designs including enclosed coachwork. There were hydraulic brakes and an independent front suspension making these some of the more refined and sophisticated cars on the market. The V12 engine rested at a ....[continue reading]

1938 Packard 1607 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich

The Packard Twelve set the standard for refinement, class and distinction. This example is a 59,000 mile original Classic that was only repainted in 1995 in its original color of Chinese Red. It has had only four owners since new. Among the unusual f....[continue reading]

1938 Packard 1607 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich

While you could still order a Packard with custom coachwork, the Raymond Dietrich designed Convertible Victoria was the most expensive in-house production model offered. ....[continue reading]

1938 Packard 1607 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich

This V12 Victoria is one of only eleven produced in 1938, a year when Packard only manufactured 566 V-12 models. This model was the most expensive of the V12 models riding on a 134-inch wheelbase and sold new for $5,230. The vehicle weighs 5,345 poun....[continue reading]

1938 Packard 1607 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: A600378

The 1938 Packard Twelve was powered by an engine with a modified L configuration with valve stems almost horizontal and operated by a camshaft deep in the engine's head through roller rockers on hydraulically adjusted eccentrics. The result was an en....[continue reading]

1938 Packard 1607 Twelve vehicle information

Formal Sedan

The Twelve was introduced as Packard's entry to the super-luxury car market, and produced from 1933 to 1939. In 1938 they introduced their new modern designs including enclosed coachwork and many body changes, such as smoother, more rounded fenders a....[continue reading]

1938 Packard 1607 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

By the late 1930's the Great Depression was hanging on but Packard, one of the leading manufacturers of luxury cars, was surviving and still setting standards in style and design. While many other luxury automobile makers had succumbed to the economi....[continue reading]

1938 Packard 1607 Twelve vehicle information

Club Sedan

The short wheelbase, V12-engined Packard Twelve Club Sedan was intended for the motoring enthusiast and is exceptionally rare. Only 27 were built by Packard in 1938 and fewer than a handful still exist. The Club Sedan is distinguished by the V-shaped....[continue reading]

Coupe Roadster
 
Convertible Victoria by Dietrich
 
Convertible Victoria by Dietrich
 
Convertible Victoria by Dietrich
 
Convertible Victoria by Dietrich
Chassis #: A600378 
Formal Sedan
 
Convertible Coupe
 
Club Sedan
 

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

Concepts by Packard



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