1934 Packard Twelve Model 1108


1934 Packard Twelve Model 1108

1934 Packard Twelve Model 1108

In 1934 Packard offered three distinct chassis for the 11th series Packard Twelve of which the 1108 was the longest. It was used for Packard’s most luxurious cars alongside the shorter model 1107 and 1106.

Like all of the 11th series Packard’s, the Model 1108 featured the smooth-running V12 engine which produced a capable 160 bhp.

For the 1934 range Packard redesigned the fenders which are characterized by extending to the front bumper. Inside Packard also had a redesigned dashboard that could accommodate the optional factory radio.

Some consider the 11th series the last of the classic Packards since it was the last year to have slender windshield posts and chrome front headlights.

Among the very desirable and custom bodies availble for the 1108 was the LeBaron Sport Phaeton which made great use of pontoon fenders and a sweeping rear profile for the first time in the range. Other top bodies included the Dietrich Sport Sedan and Dietrich Convertible Victoria.

Sources & Further Reading.

1. Kimes, Beverley Rae. Packard, A History of the Motor Car and the Company. Princeton Publishing Inc: 1978.

1934 Packard Twelve Model 1108 Gallery

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at USA
engine 67 Degree, Cast Iron, V12 w/Modified L-Head
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain 2 Horizonal Valves per Cyl w/Zero Lash Valve Silencers
fuel feed Downdraft Stromberg EE-3 Carburetor
displacement 7292 cc / 445 in³
bore 87.12 mm / 3.43 in
stroke 101.6 mm / 4 in
compression 6.0:1
power 119.3 kw / 160 bhp @ 3200 rpm
specific output 21.94 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 64.13 bhp per tonne
torque 436.57 nm / 322 ft lbs @ 1400 rpm
redline 4200
body / frame Steel Body over Press Steel Ladder-Type Frame w/X Center Brace
driven wheels RWD, Hotchkiss Final Drive
wheel type Wire or Wood
front tires 17×7.5
rear tires 17×7.5
front brakes Cable Operated Adjustable Bendex Drums w/Bragg-Klierath Vacuum Assist
rear brakes Cable Operated Adjustable Bendex Drums w/Bragg-Klierath Vacuum Assist
steering Gemmer Worm & Roller
f suspension Solid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs
r suspension Live Axle
curb weight 2495 kg / 5500 lbs
wheelbase 3607 mm / 142 in
front track 1532 mm / 60.3 in
rear track 1492 mm / 58.75 in
transmission 3-Speed Synchromesh w/Optional Free Wheeling Clutch

Auction Sales History

1934 Packard Twelve 1108 Sport Sedan Coachwork 1108-43 – sold for $3,630,000 One of Only Three Known Dietrich Individual Custom Sports Sedans. The Sole Example Known with Elegant Polished Belt Molding. Distinguished Provenance Includes Nethercutt, Harrah, Bahre, and Herrington. Gorgeous Award-Winning Restoration by Leading Marque Experts. Arguably the Most Beautiful Classic Era Packard.
Auction Source: The Pebble Beach Auctions 2015 by Gooding and Company
1934 Packard Twelve Model 1108
1934 Packard Twelve Series 1108 Individual Custom Dietrich Stationary Coupe 901968 – sold for $4,180,000 A sumptuous, beautiful Dietrich design on the Eleventh Series chassis. One of five known survivors; long-term enthusiast ownership. Well-known history, with fascinating original ownership. Exquisite Pebble Beach Best in Class-winning restoration. Simply put, the epitome of CCCA Full Classic design.
Auction Source: Paul & Chris Andrews Collection by RM Sotheby’s
1934 Packard Twelve Model 1108
1934 Packard Twelve Series 1108 Individual Custom Dietrich Convertible Sedan 902670 – sold for $1,045,000 Never before offered for public sale. Best in Class winner at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Exquisitely restored by a marque specialist. An exceptional example. Restored by Steve Babinsky in Lebanon, New Jersey using original sheet metal and wood replacement.
Auction Source: Paul & Chris Andrews Collection by RM Sotheby’s
1934 Packard Twelve Model 1108

1934 Packard Twelve Model 1108 Dietrich Convertible Victoria 1108-15 – did not sell for $2,200,000

One of three known examples remaining today. The ultimate classic Packard; capable of extended touring. Best in Class winner, 2011 Concours d’Elegance of America. Excellent provenance including noted collectors.
Auction Source: Amelia Island 2012 by RM Auctions