Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster
At the onset of the Great Depression, Packard continued to dominate its market and, despite the economic turmoil, maintained a strong balance sheet. Remaining steadfastly focused on the fine car segment, Packard met the growing multi-cylinder threat from both Cadillac and Lincoln directly with the all-new Twin Six for 1932.
With the release of Packard’s Tenth Series in January 1933, the Twelve was built upon a new tapered frame and benefited from mechanical refinements including a single dry-plate clutch and optional freewheeling, while the Stromberg carburetor now included an automatic choke and a fast-idle circuit. Two models were offered, of which Model 1005 was based on a 142-inch wheelbase.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
160 bhp, 445 cu. in. V-12 engine, three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission with Gear Vendors overdrive, solid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 142".
Source: RM Auctions
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