1933 Packard Twelve


1933 Packard Twelve

1933 Packard Twelve

Packard served as one of the premier luxury automobile manufacturers of the 20’s and 30’s. During this period Packard out-sold and dueled with Cadillac for the top American product. In fact, Packard was the first company to to put a V12 into a production car which later motivated Ferrari to do the same.

Packard used simple construction techniques on its production line. Until 1934 every model had drum brakes and solid axles. Emphasis during design was placed on ease of driving coupled with a smooth-running engine. Some can be setup such that a nickel can balance on the cylinder head while the engine is running.

With some 35 000 Twelves produced, the model support a wide range of various bodies. One of the best was the 1106 Lebaron Speedster which is probably the most sought after model. Other cars by Dietrich and Bohman & Schwartz were particularly successful.

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In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
built atUSA
production35000
price $$ 7,000
engine67 Degree, Cast Iron, V12 w/Modified L-Head
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrain2 Horizonal Valves per Cyl w/Zero Lash Valve Silencers
fuel feedDowndraft Stromberg EE-3 Carburetor
displacement7292 cc / 445 in³
bore87.12 mm / 3.43 in
stroke101.6 mm / 4 in
compression6.0:1
power119.3 kw / 160 bhp @ 3200 rpm
specific output21.94 bhp per litre
bhp/weight64.13 bhp per tonne
torque436.57 nm / 322 ft lbs @ 1400 rpm
redline4200
body / frameSteel Body over Press Steel Ladder-Type Frame w/X Center Brace
driven wheelsRWD, Hotchkiss Final Drive
wheel typeWire or Wood
front tires17×7.5
rear tires17×7.5
front brakesCable Operated Adjustable Bendex Drums w/Bragg-Klierath Vacuum Assist
rear brakesCable Operated Adjustable Bendex Drums w/Bragg-Klierath Vacuum Assist
steeringGemmer Worm & Roller
f suspensionSolid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs
r suspensionLive Axle
curb weight2495 kg / 5500 lbs
wheelbase3607 mm / 142 in
front track1532 mm / 60.3 in
rear track1492 mm / 58.75 in
transmission3-Speed Synchromesh w/Optional Free Wheeling Clutch

Auction Sales History

1940 Packard Model 1806 Darrin Towne Coupe – sold for $270,000 One of Only Two Such Examples Built. Perfectly Proportioned Darrin Custom. Pictured in The Classic Era by Beverly Rae Kimes. Known History for over Fifty Years. Featured in America’s Packard Museum. Displayed at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Recent Mechanical Freshening.
Auction Source: 2011 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
1933 Packard Twelve

1938 Packard Twelve Model 1608 Convertible Coupe

Chassis 11392020 was delivered new by Thompson Motor Co., Ltd. in Beverly Hills, California in June of 1938. It has resided with its current owner since its acquisition from Seattle in 2002. At the time of the purchase, the Twelve was a solid, mostly original car with a new top. The owner commissioned a shop in Pennsylvania to perform a cosmetic restoration which included a full repaint and installation of fresh upholstery. The fenders and hood were removed and all pieces stripped to bare metal. Luckily the integrity of the venerable Packard had been preserved, and no body rot was found. Finished in Chinese Red, the exterior is complemented by the reupholstered Red leather interior and rumble seat and newer Tan cloth top. The dash and gauges have been very well looked after and are extremely presentable. In addition to the exterior work, the engine bay and underside were very respectfully detailed.

Auction Source: 2011 St. John’s Auction by RM

1933 Packard Twelve

1937 Packard Twelve Series 1507 Coupe Roadster

This beautifully restored 1937 Packard Twelve Model 1507 Convertible Coupe was most recently shown at the 2009 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance. Past owners include the well-known San Francisco-area collector Bev Ferreira, in whose ownership the car was the cover and centerfold of the Fall 1974 edition of the Cormorant.

Auction Source: 2011 St. John’s Auction by RM

1933 Packard Twelve

1939 Packard Twelve Series 1708 All Weather Cabriolet

Restored by Scottsdale specialist Barry Briskman, this Brunn All Weather Cabriolet is the collapsible style. Believed to be one of four built, it was purchased by the previous owner from Mr. Briskman in 2007. The current owner has maintained the car properly and has driven it sparingly. This beautiful 1939 Packard has received Premier honors from the Classic Car Club of America, signifying it has achieved Senior status, number 2610, and won a further first prize in the Premier division. It also won Third in Class at the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the First Place, Mayor’s Cup and Best Packard awards at Ault Park.

Auction Source: 2011 St. John’s Auction by RM

1933 Packard Twelve

1935 Packard Twelve Model 1207 Town Car

Finished in black with subtle red pinstriping, the LeBaron Town Car has an imposing presence and is fully outfitted with dual side-mounted spares, Trippe driving lights, wide whitewall tires and a correct Packard traveling trunk. The passenger compartment in particular appears to be untouched and is beautifully appointed with vanities, a silk shade and wool upholstery. In addition, the engine bay is nicely detailed and is free from untoward signs of neglect.

Auction Source: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company

1933 Packard Twelve

1933 Packard Twelve Model 1006 Dietrich Sport Phaeton

From the Estate of John O’Quinn, ex-Otis Chandler Collection. Rare Dietrich Individual Custom body. Remarkable freshened original condition. Multiple awards, including Pebble Beach.

Auction Source: 2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions

1933 Packard Twelve

1936 Packard Twelve Dual-Windshield Phaeton 931202

This Dual Windshield Phaeton is said to be one of only three built for 1936, making it the rarest production model of the 14th series. This open Twelve represents a marvelous opportunity both for the enthusiast drawn to the original patina of the car that can be used, enjoyed and toured in as is, or for a collector looking for a car to finish in the colors of his choice. Either way, this top-of-the-line Packard is sure to delight its next owner with all of the quality and exclusivity for which the marque is revered.

Auction Source: 2010 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction

1933 Packard Twelve

1936 Packard Twelve Dual Cowl Model 1407 Phaeton

1936 marked the final offering of the stately dual cowl phaeton body style and, in fact, only five were built on the large, model 1407 12-cylinder chassis. This was also the final year for the 17” wire wheels, dual-blade bumpers and solid axle suspension indicating the end of the Classic Era. This one-of-a-kind Dual Cowl Phaeton has the distinction of having been originally ordered by the Japanese Consulate in Canada where it served as a noble form of official transport most likely until the outbreak of the war in 1941.

Auction Source: 2010 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction

1933 Packard Twelve

1935 Packard Twelve Model 1208 Convertible Sedan

he French importer Barbezat originally delivered this Series 1208 Convertible Sedan in Paris during November 1935. While little is known of its subsequent history, the car eventually received a very high quality restoration with the V12 engine rebuilt at great cost by a marque expert. California-based collector Art Astor later acquired the car, and under his ownership, it appeared in the Circle of Champions at the 2005 Packards International Southern California Region meet.

Auction Source: 2010 Vintage Cars of Meadow Book by RM Auctions

1933 Packard Twelve

1934 Packard Twelve Model 1107 Five-Passenger Victoria Coupe

Professionally restored some 15 years ago by Jocko’s Restorations for well-known Detroit area collector Bill Chorkey, this 1934 Packard Twelve coupe remains in concours condition today. (Later owners included noted Packard collector Dave Kane and Charles Morgan.) The blue paint has no visible flaws, and all the brightwork is in good condition. The belt line has attractive gold pinstriping, and there are twin side-mount spares with correct metal covers. Unusually for a car without a rumble seat, the rear window cranks down.

Auction Source: 2010 Vintage Cars of Meadow Book by RM Auctions

1933 Packard Twelve

1938 Packard Twelve Model 1608 Convertible Sedan

This impressive 1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan was sold new by California Packard dealer Earl C. Anthony Inc. in August of 1938. The car is reported to have once formed part of the famed Harrah Collection before passing through several individuals and then finally joining a noted private collection in 2004. In 1996, it received an extensive, body-off-frame restoration to show quality standards by George Fore of Fore’s Restoration. Immediately thereafter, the car was extensively shown, going on to earn an impressive string of awards.

Auction Source: 2010 Vintage Cars of Meadow Book by RM Auctions

1933 Packard Twelve

1939 Packard Twelve Five-Passenger Convertible Sedan Model 1708

This example is a Model 1708, five-passenger convertible sedan. It has been given a comprehensive restoration and finished in the correct and Idium Grey metallic paint with a black Haartz cloth convertible top that features blind rear quarters for rear-seat occupants’ privacy. The upholstery is finished in red leather with contrasting burl walnut dashboard. There are five uniformly round gauges on the inset panel and matching wood door accents. There is a steering column shift, an unusual feature among the larger displacement Full Classics, a modern amenity that provided additional front compartment floor space. There is a roll-up divider window behind the driver’s seat that is surrounded by walnut trim. Mounted to the rear of the front-seat cowling is a rear-seat leather-wrapped lap robe rope with matching grab-straps at either end. Also, there is a correct Packard accessory heather that provides warmth to both driver and passengers.
Auction Source: Gooding & Company 2010 Amelia Island Auction
1933 Packard Twelve

1934 Packard Super Eight Coupe Roadster

This wonderful example was meticulously restored to AACA First Prize-winning standards over 20 years ago. It was then driven and enjoyed for several years before its retirement and careful long-term maintenance within a highly respected private collection. More recently, it has benefited from a complete cosmetic and mechanical freshening, highlighted by professional detailing and numerous mechanical improvements, resulting in the perfect classic touring car.

Auction Source: 2009 Meadow Brook Concours

1933 Packard Twelve

1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan

Of the 566 Packard Twelves that were produced for 1938, just 25 were cloaked with the stately Dietrich-designed Convertible Sedan body style, selling for nearly $6,000 when new.

Auction Source: 2009 Meadow Brook Concours

1933 Packard Twelve
1933 Packard Twelve Five-Passenger Sport Phaeton – sold for $120,000 A former AACA Senior, Preservation and Grand National Award winner. Chassis no. 64113. Engine no. 901241.Please note that this vehicle is titled by the engine number.
Auction Source: 2009 Meadow Brook Concours
1933 Packard Twelve

1939 Twelve Collapsible Touring Cabriolet by Brunn

This Brunn Collapsible Touring Cabriolet carries body number 1, of the handful built for 1939. A largely original car, it has been selectively freshened in several areas. Sold new by Earle C. Anthony, the legendary Los Angeles distributor, its first owner is believed to have been British-born bandleader and composer Ray Noble. Noble, known for his songs “Love is the Sweetest Thing” and “The Very Thought of You,” came to the United States in 1934. His orchestra had a good run at New York’s Rainbow Room. By 1937, Noble had moved into film work, first as conductor and scorer, then as a comedic actor, playing the stereotypical “silly Englishman.” This car is a memento from his Hollywood period.

Auction Source: 2009 Meadow Brook Concours

1933 Packard Twelve

1939 Packard Twelve Series 1708 All Weather Cabriolet by Brunn

Restored by Scottsdale specialist Barry Briskman, this Brunn All Weather Cabriolet is the collapsible style. Believed to be one of four built, it was purchased by the current owner from Mr. Briskman in 2007. It has received Premier honors from the Classic Car Club of America, signifying it has achieved Senior status, number 2610, and won a further first prize in the Premier division. It also won Third in Class at the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Auction Source: 2008 Meadow Brook Concours

1933 Packard Twelve

1936 Packard Twelve Series 1407 Convertible Victoria 904719

The striking Packard offered here is one of just 682 Twelves built by Packard in 1936. According to its original firewall data tag, it was delivered new by the noted California Packard dealer, Earle C. Anthony. Although the early ownership history is not known, by the late 1980s the car was in the hands of Gerry Mariani, a well-known Canadian Packard enthusiast. Later it was sold via RM Classic Cars to Lloyd Needham, a highly respected London, Ontario collector. Several years later, the vendor acquired the car.

Auction Source: 2008 Meadow Brook Concours

1933 Packard Twelve

1934 Packard Twelve Formal Sedan – sold for $176,000

This stunning example was the subject of a painstaking, three-year restoration effort, beginning with a straight, rust-free and completely original car. The restoration was completed in 1995 by respected classic car restorer Jocko’s, of Dearborn, Michigan, and it is reported that over $250,000 was spent to ensure that this Formal Sedan is one of the finest examples in existence. In addition, every part and component was either fully restored or replaced as required.

Auction Source: 2008 Meadow Brook Concours

1933 Packard Twelve

1938 Packard Twelve Series 1608 Landaulet Touring Cabriolet by Brunn

Discovered in a shed in Lovelock, Nevada, several decades ago, this Series 1608 Touring Cabriolet was purchased by the vendor’s father, then stored for more than 25 years. The landaulet style has a folding top over the rear of the passenger compartment and fixed roof over the chauffeur. A hallmark of the Touring Cabriolet was the pair of small clerestory windows above the windshield. The car is complete, but very disheveled and will require a complete restoration.

Auction Source: 2008 Meadow Brook Concours

1933 Packard Twelve

1937 Packard Twelve Series 1508 Convertible Sedan – sold for $48,400

Delivered on May 20, 1937 by the Chicago Packard agency, this Series 1508 Convertible Sedan has been in storage for 53 years, since acquisition by the vendor’s father. It is 95-97 percent complete, but will require complete restoration.

Auction Source: 2008 Meadow Brook Concours