The flagship Packard in 1933 was the Twelve Model 1006 which had the longest wheelbase of the entire range and the most exclusive bodies by Dietrich. Among 17 factory bodystyles prices ranged from $4085 for a Sedan to $7000 for the Dietrich Sport Sedan.
In January of 1933 Packard launched the 10th series Packards and with it the Twin Six from 1932 became the Twelve. The shorter Twelve of 1933 had a 142 inch wheelbase and was available with 11 different body styles.
Numerous design details were new for the 10th series Packards of 1933 including a new front grill which was uniform across the entire range. Bullet headlights and 17 inch wire wheels also standard.
Inside the 10th series cars had increased insulation. The closed cars had a more raked front windscreen and tilting door windows on closed models which were dropped one year later.
The 10th series chassis was redesigned to sit lower which let the Packard designers raise the beltline on the doors and have smaller windows. This gave the 1933 cars a sleek appearance.
Specific upgrades to the V12 engine included an automatic choke with fast idle, a 10 gallon radiator tank and a 12-inch single dry plate clutch with optional free-wheeling system.
his example was purchased in the early 1990s by well-known Oklahoma collector Jim Bradley and was subsequently acquired by another prominent collector from western Michigan. Mr. Bradley purchased the car from collector Robert Schill, of New Hampshire, and it is believed that Mr. Schill purchased the car at Hershey sometime in the 1970s, as an original, running, driving car. Since being acquired by the owner in the early-2000s, it was given a thorough cosmetic restoration, which included disassembly for an excellent repaint, new upholstery, as well as a tune-up and addressing of any mechanical needs. Finished in green with complementing light green leather interior, the example offered here is well known within the Classic Car Club of America, and with the extensive, recent cosmetic freshening and mechanical servicing, it is ready to provide its new owner with many miles and years of enjoyment.
1933 Packard Twelve Model 1006 Dietrich Coupe 100605 – sold for $1,622,500 Only surviving third series (or 1933) custom Dietrich 2/4P coupe. Fran Roxas restoration of a Pebble Beach class-winner. Given that factory historical documentation does not exist for Packards, it is important that the uniqueness of the body style for the 1006 series is sufficient to prove its origins. That its history is known from new until today provides further documentation of its legitimacy. Auction Source: RM Auctions’ 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey