Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Even as the Great Depression ravaged luxury car sales, America’s prestige automakers raced one another to market with their stunning multi-cylinder models. Packard’s original V12, the Twin Six, was discontinued after 1923 and replaced by the smaller Single Eight. In 1930, rival Cadillac introduced its V16, then a V12. The challenge could not be ignored.
In response, Packard readied an all-new Twin Six, later renamed “Packard Twelve.” Never a high-volume product, the Twelve sold remarkably well despite the Great Depression.
For 1935, all Packards received new bodies, with front doors hinged on the 'B' pillar, a trend that was sweeping the industry. This was true for the cataloged custom styles from LeBaron and Dietrich as well as the Packard-built bodies. A few of the production bodies also came from coachbuilders, among them the Convertible Sedan, body style 873, which was supplied by Dietrich. The Dietrich coachwork is extremely elegant in proportion with a very subtle roll-up divider window between the two passenger compartments. Total production of 1935 Packard Twelves was 788, spread over 16 body styles. Priced at $5,050, it was the most expensive style in the regular Packard catalog.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
175 bhp, 473.3 cu. in. L-head V12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, and four-wheel power-assisted mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 144 ¼ "
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel