<i>Proceeds to benefit the Simeone Automotive Foundation</i><br /><b>1938 PACKARD 1608 TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  </b><br />Engine no. A600547

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Lot 136
Proceeds to benefit the Simeone Automotive Foundation
1938 PACKARD 1608 TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN

Sold for US$ 143,000 inc. premium
Proceeds to benefit the Simeone Automotive Foundation
1938 PACKARD 1608 TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Engine no. A600547
473ci Flathead V-12 Engine
175bhp at 3,200rpm
3-Speed Synchromesh Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Solid Rear Axle
4-Wheel Vacuum Boosted Hydraulic Brakes

*Beautifully preserved, highly original car
*Desirable convertible sedan coachwork
*The most expensive open Packard that year
*A Packard Twelve, always highly regarded for their driving performance
*Powered by one of the greatest engines of its period


THE PACKARD TWELVE

Today many regard the Packard Twelve as second only to Duesenberg as the finest American car of the classic era. Many would even argue that Packard surpassed Duesenberg in styling and some engineering details. Certainly, a single drive in a Packard Twelve is sufficient to convince even the most stubborn doubters of its greatness.

Packard beat its rivals to the big V-engine wars by decades. They introduced their first twelve-cylinder car in late 1915. The original Twin Six was an engineering tour de force and placed Packard on a level that was difficult for its rivals to emulate. This engine was eventually replaced by another Packard masterpiece: the Straight Eight in 1924. With Cadillac's introduction of the V16 in 1930, Packard knew they needed a big V to compete. For 1932 they introduced a new masterpiece: the Twelve, or as it was called for 1932 only, the Twin-Six. This engine was as beautiful to behold as it was to hear run: the motor had an architectural look many thought would be employed only by the likes of Bugatti and Voisin. The faceted edges of its complex valve covers would become an instantly recognizable icon of the classic era.

For all its exterior beauty, the real beauty was in its exquisite driving performance. The motor felt as if it had limitless power while at the same time being smooth and whisper quiet. Even today, drivers do not feel at a disadvantage on any modern road or highway with a Packard Twelve. Like many great innovations of 1932, they were introduced into a most depressed automobile market. The year 1932 would be Packard's lowest production year of the period and would spell the end of many great American marques.

Packard was able to adapt and survive throughout the difficult years of the Great Depression. The Twin Six became the Twelve in 1933 and survived until 1939. In these years the Twelve would serve as the basis for some of the most spectacular and coveted custom coachwork of the classic era; the Packard Twelve bodies by Dietrich and LeBaron are now considered to be masterpieces of automotive styling.

In 1938 Packard, would continue to evolve its legendary Twelve model, evolving from the exquisite 1937 Twelve. Packard desired more stylistic cohesion between the Junior and Senior cars. New fenders and windshield mimicked the look first seen on the 120 series cars and mechanically the stellar Packard Twelve engine and chassis remained largely unchanged.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Offered here is a highly original and well preserved 1938 Packard 1608 Convertible Sedan. Priced at $5390, it was Packard's flagship open car for 1938. The Convertible Sedan took the place of the traditional Phaeton that was no longer offered after 1936. Offering all of the open benefits of a phaeton but with the all-weather protection of roll up windows, Packard Convertible Sedans of this era even featured a complex retractable division, although only offered on the long wheelbase 139 3/8" chassis. Because of the complexity of the body, the Convertible Sedan was one of the most expensive Packard offerings.

This handsome Packard is remarkable because of its condition; it is clear that this Packard has been well cared for its whole life. Having spent most of its life in California, it survives today with largely original paint and upholstery. Finished in a distinctive and pleasing green paint that has remarkable shine and depth for its age, the Packard also has an original leather interior though, clearly not new, is very well-preserved and nicely patinated.

Popular today for the same reasons as when in period, these Packard Convertible Sedans are excellent tour cars. Offering a great open driving experience as well as full protection if the weather changes, 1938 Packards are quite modern machines and when set up properly offer modern car performance. 1938 is the last year a senior Packard would be offered with the desirable floor shift synchronized transmission.

This Packard Twelve is a wonderfully persevered, highly original and very impressive automobile. This represents a great value for a car to enjoy on the open road or a competitive car in a concours preservation class.

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<i>Proceeds to benefit the Simeone Automotive Foundation</i><br /><b>1938 PACKARD 1608 TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  </b><br />Engine no. A600547
<i>Proceeds to benefit the Simeone Automotive Foundation</i><br /><b>1938 PACKARD 1608 TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  </b><br />Engine no. A600547
<i>Proceeds to benefit the Simeone Automotive Foundation</i><br /><b>1938 PACKARD 1608 TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  </b><br />Engine no. A600547
<i>Proceeds to benefit the Simeone Automotive Foundation</i><br /><b>1938 PACKARD 1608 TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  </b><br />Engine no. A600547
<i>Proceeds to benefit the Simeone Automotive Foundation</i><br /><b>1938 PACKARD 1608 TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  </b><br />Engine no. A600547
<i>Proceeds to benefit the Simeone Automotive Foundation</i><br /><b>1938 PACKARD 1608 TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  </b><br />Engine no. A600547
<i>Proceeds to benefit the Simeone Automotive Foundation</i><br /><b>1938 PACKARD 1608 TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  </b><br />Engine no. A600547
<i>Proceeds to benefit the Simeone Automotive Foundation</i><br /><b>1938 PACKARD 1608 TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  </b><br />Engine no. A600547
<i>Proceeds to benefit the Simeone Automotive Foundation</i><br /><b>1938 PACKARD 1608 TWELVE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  </b><br />Engine no. A600547
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