Packard Twelve All-Weather Town Car

Launched in 1932 and initially named “Twin Six” to reflect the V-12 of 1916-1923, Packard’s all-new 12-cylinder motor car assumed flagship status and became an instant legend. Simply known from 1933 on as the “Packard Twelve,” the model line offered a myriad of body styles, including standard production models and many Dietrich designs, which were supplemented by those from Brunn and LeBaron during the Twelve’s final years.

Packard introduced new, highly streamlined bodies for 1935, and the Twelve was no exception. Mechanically, the V-12 gained lighter-weight aluminum cylinder heads and pistons. An additional quarter-inch of stroke brought displacement to 473 cubic inches and climbed to 175 bhp. For 1937’s 15th Series, an all-new coil-sprung independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes were shared with the Super Eight, and the Twelve also received both a vacuum-assisted clutch and brakes. While total Packard production for 1937 topped 87,000 units, the Twelve represented 1,300 of those cars. Of those, this Model 395 LeBaron All-Weather Town Car was the most expensive on price alone at $5,900. It is also quite possibly the only example built on the top-of-the-line Model 1508 Twelve chassis with its regal 144¼-inch wheelbase. According to Packard Club members, it is the only known example of its kind to exist.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.

175 bhp, 473 cu. in. L-head V-12 engine, three-speed manual transmission with vacuum-assisted clutch, independent coil-spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel vacuum-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 144.25".

Source: RM Auctions

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