1939 Packard 1707 Twelve

Packard celebrated its 40th anniversary in 1939. Alvan Macauley, Packard's president for 33 years, passed the reigns to Max Gilman. It also marked the final year for the massive Packard Twelve. Sadly, the era of beautiful, long-wheelbase high-powered ultra-expensive custom cars was coming to an end, yet Packard continued to offer bare chassis to an ever-diminishing number of custom coachbuilders upon which custom bodies were fitted.

Packard offered eight different body styles on the long 1707 chassis, the same as the previous year. The 1707 series measured just over 134 inches with the 1708 Series being five inches longer. Six catalog body styles were offered on the 1708 Series. The L-head twelve cylinder engine displaced 473.3 cubic-inches and offered 175 horsepower. It had a three-speed selective synchromesh transmission with floor-mounted gearshift controls. A column shift was available as optional equipment, as was a push-button radio, burled walnut instrument panel, and many other options. Hydraulic brakes with vacuum boosters provided the stopping power.

Total production for the combined 1707 and 1708 Series fell by 120 units over the previous year, to 446.


by Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2019

Related Reading : Packard 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....
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1939 Vehicle Profiles

1939 Packard 1707 Twelve vehicle information

Formal Sedan

Eight different body styles were available on Packard's long 1707 chassis. This prestigious Packard Series 1707, built in the last year of the V12, is a rare model and has just been through a 14-year restoration. The formal sedan style was very popul....[continue reading]

1939 Packard 1707 Twelve vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 1238-2004
Engine Num: B602245

Packard celebrated its 40th anniversary in business in 1939, and by this point in history had become one of the most respected automotive manufacturers in the world. Their top-of-the-line V-12 models, now in their final season, received only a few vi....[continue reading]

1939 Packard 1707 Twelve vehicle information

Touring Sedan

Chassis Num: 1234-2073
Engine Num: B602445

This Packard Twelve Seven-Passenger Touring Sedan was bought from Brooklyn resident William D. Pelosi, its second owner, on September 13th of 1968, by a former owner named William Creswell. William B. Ruger Jr. acquired the Twelve from the Creswell f....[continue reading]

Formal Sedan
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 1238-2004 
Touring Sedan
Chassis #: 1234-2073 


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$325-$4,140
1939 Packard 1707 Twelve
$6,730-$8,400
1939 Packard 1707 Twelve Price Range: $4,140 - $6,730

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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)

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