Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
It is incredible to consider the rapid development of the motor car in the United States, from the one-cylinder buggies of the late-1800s to the multi-cylinder conveyances of the 1930s. The original Packard Twin Six was introduced for 1916 and became extremely popular with motorists of means. A decade after its discontinuation in 1922, the new Twin Six was introduced. Shortly after, the name was dropped in favor of the “Twelve,” in order to signify the substantive styling and engineering refinements embodied in the new model. Although the Twelve displaced an additional 49 cubic inches, or 12% more than the Twin Six, the horsepower output was almost doubled from 90 to 175, and it was a completely modern engine in a completely modern automobile.
The Twelve would remain Packard’s prestige leader through the end of the 1930s, along the way gradually adopting more streamlined styling with full pontoon fenders and bullet-like headlights. It continued to boldly remind drivers of other cars that they need only “ask the man who owns one” to learn why the Detroit automaker remained the choice of America’s most prominent citizens.
Part of the RM Auctions event in in Michigan in July, 2010 and in Arizona in January, 2013.
175 bhp, 473 cu. in. V-12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, solid axle rear suspension with longitudinal leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 139 in.
Source: RM Auctions
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