1937 Packard Twelve

Convertible Sedan

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1937
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    1073 - 237
  • Lot number 
    385
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Grey
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

US title
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Chassis n° : 1073 - 237
Engine n°: 906736

- Automobile presented in superb condition
- Ultimate interwar American sophistication
- Remarkable and remarked upon car

At the start of the 20th century, the Packard marque, initially installed in Ohio and later in Detroit, positioned itself at the top end of the automobile market. Thanks to experience gained in the construction of aircraft engines, the firm was the first (well before Ferrari...) to offer a production V12 engine. In 1916, the " Twin Six " appeared, subsequently given the name " Twelve " in 1932. The Packard's V12 engine of more than 7-litres produced no less than 175 bhp, a respectable figure for the period. It soon won acclaim, as the American luxury marque of the day. From 1935 the style lightened, the car became more comfortable and the engineering continued to improve.
The model presented in 1937 also offered new refinements expected of an exceptional car, such as independent front suspension, power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes and sleekly profiled wheels.
Dating from 1937, the car on offer is the type " 1508 Convertible Sedan ", which was the most prestigious version of the model available that year. As with the majority of Packard Twelves, this example was fitted with a " Convertible Sedan " factory body. Roomy, comfortable and refined, this four-door body gave the car the status it deserved : plenty of room with the added attraction of a hood that opened up completely.
The previous owner carried out a thorough restoration of the body, upholstery and engine. He had acquired the car from a marque enthusiast who had bought it as a two-owner car in 1961. It is presented in exceptional condition today following this two-year, no-expense spared restoration, painted in a delicate China blue. The blue and grey fabric and leather upholstery complements this perfectly, and is accentuated by the wooden dashboard. In keeping with the status of such an automobile and the high quality standards of the marque, the work carried out was of the highest order.
It comes as no surprise therefore, that this car has had the rare privilege of being displayed three times at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elégance in 2000, 2003 and 2004, a perfect demonstration of its exclusivity.
There is a wealth of elegance and refinement in this automobile that is offered in perfect condition and comes with a rarity that places it in the highest rank of great pre-war cars.We've noticed that an adminitrative mistake mentioned the engine number in spite of the serial number on the title.