424ci Side-Valve V12 Engine
88bhp at 2600rpm
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
Rear Mechanical Brakes*A major technological achievement of its era
*Incredibly smooth twelve-cylinder engine
*Impeccably styled Packard coachwork
*Finely preserved example
*Proven tour carThe Packard Twin Six
By 1915, Packard Motor Car Company had firmly established its reputation as the maker of one of the world's finest motorcars. The company had produced a string of finely engineered and well-constructed models since its inception in 1899. Originally founded in Warren, Ohio, the company blossomed when it moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1905. For 1905, Packard found its identity as it moved away from one and two-cylinder mid-engine machines toward more refined fourcylinder offerings. With the exception of a brief offering of the highly complex Model K, the new four-cylinder cars were well received and capable. In 1907, the company hit the peak of its four-cylinder product when the Model 30 was introduced. The 30 had a legendary combination of power, smoothness, nimble handling, and looks that defy its numbers on paper. While not the biggest or most powerful of the era, there is something close to perfection about these Packards.
By late 1915, production began on the model christened the "Twin Six." The name brought to mind Packard's six-cylinder experience and success. The resulting V12 engine was a triumph and solidified Packard's status as a luxury manufacturer. Its smoothness, power, flexibility and torque were unheard of at the time. Those who were experienced with driving more conventional cars of the era were shocked by the smooth delivery of power and free-revving quality of these engines. Enzo Ferrari was reportedly so impressed with the smoothness of the Twin Six engine that he used it as inspiration for his own V12 engines decades later.The Motorcar Offered
A true survivor, the story of this Packard can be traced back to the 1940s, when it was donated to Charles and Sue Bovey for their museum in Virginia City, Montana. Charles, the son of the Chairman of General Mills in Battle Creek, Michigan, loved the Packard and it remained with the Bovey family until 2000, when the Ford Bovey Estate Auction was held. The Packard would purchased by Clyde Stevens, of Farmington, Utah, who would keep it briefly before it passed into the hands of its present owner in 2002.
Under the direction of its knowledgeable new owner, the Packard was carefully returned to fully operational condition with every effort made to preserve the wonderful originality of this fine machine. With the exception of the top, side curtains, tires and spark plugs the machine remains as it left the Packard factory. Extra attention was given to the mechanicals to ensure the car delivered as close as possible to its factory performance. Since recommissioning the Packard has logged thousands of tour miles with an impressive record of reliability. The speedometer shows 27,080 miles a figure that could be original. The presentation of the rest of the car seems to support it; the beautiful leather shows minimal wear and the fine condition of the engine are clear indicators of low original mileage.
The owner reports the following about the car's performance:
"The Bijur Starting & Charging system works perfectly. I have placed heat shields next to the carb, re-routed the fuel line and sometimes add 2-cycle oil to the fuel tank on hot days to help avoid vapor-locking. I run Evans NPG coolant in the radiator, I also added a 2lb pressure coolant recovery tank under the front seat. We completed, without any problem, the 650 mile Colorado-Wyoming Tour which included five mountain passes over 10,000 feet. It is an easy car to drive, and will cruise easily at 55mph all day long."
This is the absolute benchmark example of one of Packard's most significant products, and represents a rare opportunity to find such a significant survivor. As it has never been displayed on the show circuit, it would be a welcome competitor at conservation classes at a variety of high-profile Concours events. It is a wonderful museum piece worthy of an owner who will continue to preserve and delight in its authenticity. Given its low mileage and phenomenal performance on the road, however, perhaps its highest use is to continue on as the wonderful touring machine it is reported to be.