Packard Twelve 5-Passenger Victoria Coupe
Packard discontinued its first V12, the massive Twin Six, after 1923, replacing it with the smaller Single Eight, which outperformed it. After Cadillac brought out a V16 in 1930, however, and then a V12, Packard was drawn back into the cylinder race. The response was a new Twin Six – one with no resemblance to the old. At 445.5 cubic inches, it was larger than its predecessor, and with a 67-degree vee, it was also wider. Most importantly, it vastly outperformed the old Twin Six with 160 bhp to the old engine’s 90. When introduced in January 1932, an amazing 22 body styles were offered, priced from $3,745 to 7,950, but fewer than 550 V12 cars were sold during the model year.
For the shortened tenth series (in effect, the 1933 models), the line was re-christened “Packard Twelve,” and while the marketing was just as ambitious, the results were nearly the same as the previous year, with 540 cars built. Finally, in 1934 the market improved, and this along with the longer eleventh series resulted in sales that nearly doubled.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
160 bhp, 445.5 cu. in. L-head V12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, four-wheel power-assisted mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 148"
Source: RM Auctions
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