1933 Packard 1005 Twelve

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1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

There was a major change in Packard styling and chassis design for 1933, which brought across-the-board usage of V-type radiators with thermostatic shutters and painted shells, skirted fenders and new controlled body ventilation (a concept similar to....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

In 1933, Packard produced 244 Model 1005 Twelve Packards with ten different body styles on a 142-inch wheelbase. This 1005 Coupe/Roadster weighs 5,160 pounds and sold for $3,850.

This was the second year for the new V-12, 445.5 cubic inch e....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Touring

Chassis Num: 1005 14
Engine Num: 901317

The Tenth Series Packards were introduced on January 6th of 1933 at the Astor Hotel in New York City, NY. This series would remain in production until August of the following year. Just like the Ninth Series of 1932, the 10th series was available w....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Club Sedan

This 1933 Packard Twelve Club Sedan is a low mileage example that has been restored to its original color as part of a full body-off restoration. The first time it was shown in public was at the 2009 Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance.....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Sport Phaeton

Chassis Num: 901241
Engine Num: 64113

This Packard Model 1005 Five-Passenger Sport Phaeton is a former AACA Senior, Preservation and Grand National Award winner. Power is from the 445 cubic-inch V12 offering 160 horsepower. There is a three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Roadster Coupe

Chassis Num: 63937

With the introduction of the Tenth Series Packard for 1933, the Twelve was built on a new tapered frame (a more rigid X-braced frame) and came with many refinements, including a single dry-plate clutch and optional freewheeling, driver-adjustable pow....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: 901624
Engine Num: 901530

The 1933 10th Series Packards featured classically swept fender lines, skirted fenders, and vee'd radiator shell. The V-12 engine was installed in a new tapered frame and featured mechanical refinements such as a single dry-plate clutch and automatic....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Roadster Coupe

Chassis Num: Vehicle #: 639-42
Engine Num: 901348

This Tenth Series Twelve Coupe Roadster was sold to Earle C. Anthony's Packard dealership in Los Angeles, CA on June 28th of 1933. It was purchased by violinist and big-band leader Paul Pendarvis for the sum of $3,850.....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Roadster Coupe

Chassis Num: 901454

This Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster was sold new through Earle C. Anthony, the sole California Packard distributor from 1915 to 1958 that handled about one in every seven Packard automobiles ever sold. The first owner was Los Angeles Deputy District A....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Club Sedan

Engine Num: 901229

This Club Sedan Model 1005 was owned from the early-1950s until the early-to-mid-1990s, by A.F. Mittermaier, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. It passed through a succession of owners in the 1990s until being acquired by William Ruger Jr. from Joe Morgan in th....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Roadster Coupe

In January 1933 Packard launched the Tenth Series Packards, and the Twin Six from 1932 became the Twelve. The shorter 1933 Twelve had a 142-inch wheelbase and was available with 11 different body styles. One of the rarest and most desirable body styl....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 638-14
Engine Num: 901263

Packard built 520 examples of their top-of-the-line Twelve in 1933 in a generous range of catalogue and custom body styles. Just five examples of the 2-4 Passenger Coupe were built. They featured sporting lines, golf door, and rumble seat which it sh....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Roadster Coupe

Chassis Num: 639-60
Engine Num: 9010157

The Twin Six was designed by Cornelius Van Ranst, whose resume included the Cord L-29, and was originally intended for a front-wheel drive Packard. The project never materialized but the engine survived and was transplanted to the chassis of the Delu....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Roadster Coupe

Chassis Num: 63952

This Packard is a 2/4-Passenger Coupe Roadster of which less than 20 of the 50 original examples built remain in existence. The current owner purchased this car in January of 2002 from Packard dealer Tom Crook of Seattle, Washington. Lorin Tryon, the....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich

In competition with Cadillac's V12 and V16, Packard reintroduced a twin-six for 1932 and called it a twelve-cylinder car in 1933. By 1934 it displaced 445.5 cubic-inches, produced 160 horsepower and was said to be good for 100 mph, which some experts....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Phaeton

Packard re-introduced a 12-cylinder motor in 1932. Called the 'Twin Six' after its predecessor, it was changed simply to 'Twelve' for 1933. It was built on two wheelbases - 142 inches and 1947 inches.....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Roadster Coupe

Chassis Num: 901376

In 1933, the Packard V-12 powered models received a name change, from 'Twin Six' to 'Twelve.' They also received improved cooling, clutch, and suspension modifications.....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 901536

This Packard 12, Series 1005 Convertible Sedan was given a restoration in the late 1980s. Mr. Gordon Apker of Kent, WA purchased this vehicle from the drummer of the band 'Three Dog Night' in 1974, and performed its restoration. It was built near the....[continue reading]

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: 901136
Engine Num: 901140

This Packard 1005 Twelve, formerly called the Twin Six, wears Convertible Victoria coachwork by Dietrich. Ray Dietrich was Packard's most influential stylist in the early Classic Era and his custom creations rapidly became production offerings. Packa....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
 
Touring
Chassis #: 1005 14 
Club Sedan
 
Sport Phaeton
Chassis #: 901241 
Roadster Coupe
Chassis #: 63937 
Convertible Victoria by Dietrich
Chassis #: 901624 
Roadster Coupe
Chassis #: Vehicle #: 639-42 
Roadster Coupe
Chassis #: 901454 
Club Sedan
 
Roadster Coupe
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 638-14 
Roadster Coupe
Chassis #: 639-60 
Roadster Coupe
Chassis #: 63952 
Convertible Victoria by Dietrich
 
Phaeton
 
Roadster Coupe
Chassis #: 901376 
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 901536 
Convertible Victoria by Dietrich
Chassis #: 901136 

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

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