Packard Twelve All-Weather Cabriolet
One of the coachbuilders closely linked to Packard was Brunn & Co. of Buffalo, New York. Hermann Brunn had apprenticed with his uncle’s carriage-building firm before setting up his own company to build automobile bodies in 1908. He began doing work for Lincoln in 1920, and this relationship intensified when Henry Ford bought the Lincoln Motor Company. By the early 1930s, Brunn was also building custom and semi-custom styles for Pierce-Arrow, Cadillac and Packard.
In 1935, Brunn designed for himself a handsome long-wheelbase landaulet type body with open chauffeur compartment, which he called a cabriolet. Added to the Lincoln catalog custom line for 1937, it was extended to Packard in 1938, offered as the All Weather Cabriolet, with removable leather roof for the chauffeur, or Touring Cabriolet with a fixed forward roof. Both styles were available in Collapsible form, with a folding rear top and functional landau irons, and Non-Collapsible with a fixed rear roof and faux landau irons.
The Packard Twelve lagged behind its junior brethren in adopting new features and engineering. Independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes, first seen on the price-leading One-Twenty model of 1935, did not reach the Twelve until 1937. All other Packards received a steering column shifter for 1939; on the Twelve it was merely optional. Custom bodies became entirely the province of the Twelve that year, and were four in number: an All Weather Cabriolet and an All Weather Town Car by Rollston, and the two Brunn Cabriolets, the latter two available in either Collapsible and Non-Collapsible form.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan and in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
175 bhp, 473.3 cu. in. L-head V12 engine, three-speed column-shift manual transmission, coil spring independent front and semi-elliptic leaf spring rear suspension, four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 139.4"
Source: RM Auctions
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