1934 Packard Twelve

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1934 Packard Twelve vehicle information

This elegant Packard is the first convertible Victoria that Packard produced in 1934. A gentleman from Tiburon, California, purchased it new on August 3, 1934. The cheapest Twelve cost six times the most expensive Ford. Its well-heeled customers e....[continue reading]

1934 Packard Twelve vehicle information

Factory Custom Coupe

Chassis Num: 737-24
Engine Num: 902412

This 1934 Packard Twelve Factory Custom Five-Passenger Coupe with chassis number 737-24 and engine number 902412 was sold new to the Q.H. Ball Packard Company of Troy, N.Y. on July 21st, 1934. It was accompanied by a bill for $6800. It was ordered ....[continue reading]

1934 Packard Twelve vehicle information

Chassis Num: 902172

This 1934 Packard Twelve Runabout Speedster with coachwork in the style of Lebaron sits atop a 135 inch wheelbase and powered by a twelve cylinder engine. Meaning this vehicle has a Packard eight-cylinder chassis but the engine of the Packard Twelve....[continue reading]

1934 Packard Twelve vehicle information

Touring Car

The Packard V12 had a 160 horsepower, 445.5 cubic-inch engine with banks of cylinders at 67-degrees, and was produced from 1932 through 1939. Total production in eight years was about 7,000 units. This car was purchased new by the City of New York ....[continue reading]

1934 Packard Twelve vehicle information

Runabout Speedster Model 1106
Coachwork: LeBaron

There are only a handful of cars which earn universal acclaim in the world of car collecting, and the Packard LeBaron Runabout Speedster is one of those cars. These beautiful automobiles were the advance styling leaders for the following three years....[continue reading]

1934 Packard Twelve vehicle information

Dietrich Hardtop Coupe
Coachwork: Dietrich

The Packard Twelve was, in many ways, the signature car of the Classic Era. One of the most influential and respected designers of the day was Ray Dietrich, and Packard became one of Dietrich's best customers.....[continue reading]

1934 Packard Twelve vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

Pierce-Arrow catered to the social and economic elite of the day. Special colors not available to others were kept on hand for important families; seats, carpets, trunks and luggage were all custom fitted. Outstanding engineering gave the cars exce....[continue reading]

 
Factory Custom Coupe
Chassis #: 737-24 
Chassis #: 902172 
Touring Car
 
Runabout Speedster Model 1106 by LeBaron
 
Dietrich Hardtop Coupe by Dietrich
 
Convertible Coupe
 

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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