Packard Twelve Club Sedan

Like other luxury manufacturers, Packard responded to Cadillac’s twelve- and sixteen-cylinder volleys with more cylinders of its own, in this case a 445.5-cubic-inch, 160 horsepower V-12. Upon its introduction in 1932, it was called the Twin Six, but given the refinements and advancements, such as double the horsepower of the original Twin Six, it was renamed the Twelve from 1933 until its discontinuation in 1939.

Initially designed by C.W. van Ranst with Tommy Milton and refined by Charles Vincent, brother of engineering head Col. Jesse Vincent, the Twelve boasted 322 foot-pounds of torque, which could propel coachbuilt sedans and limousines to 60 mph in twenty seconds. The nearly horizontal valve stems operated by a camshaft deep in the engine’s heads through roller rockers on hydraulically adjusted eccentrics produced a nearly silent result. In 1935, aluminum heads and a longer stroke boosted the engine displacement to 473-cubic inches and the horsepower to 175, putting 100 mph in reach.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2012 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.

175 hp, 473.3 cu. in. V-12 engine, Stromberg carburetor, three-speed manual synchromesh transmission, semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear, live rear axle, and four-wheel vacuum-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 139.25"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Michael Ford

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