<b>1939 Packard Twelve 1708 Convertible Sedan  </b><br />Chassis no. 12532017 <br />Engine no. B602387
Lot 237
1939 Packard Twelve 1708 Convertible Sedan
Chassis no. 12532017
Engine no. B602387
Sold for US$ 160,600 inc. premium

Lot Details
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1939 Packard Twelve 1708 Convertible Sedan
Chassis no. 12532017
Engine no. B602387
473ci Flathead V-12 Engine
Single Stromberg Dual Downdraft Carburetor
175bhp at 3,200rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Coil Spring Front and Leaf Spring Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Vacuum Servo-Assisted Internal Expanding Drum Brakes

*Last year of Packard Twelve production
*Highly desirable Convertible Sedan coachwork
*Thoroughly restored and consistently maintained
*Column shift
*CCCA Full Classic™


THE PACKARD TWELVE

One of the most admired of all classic cars, the Packard Twelve ended production in 1939. With only 446 built in this year, a 1939 Packard Twelve is a rare and highly desirable automobile, an important milestone in America's automobile history.

Packard had built a V-12, the Twin Six, from 1916-1923, then reintroduced a new V-12 in 1932 as American luxury marques competed to offer the largest, smoothest and most complex multi-cylinder engines. V-12s from Packard, Lincoln and Cadillac were never built in quantity but they created a halo of luxury and opulence that infused series production eights with their image. The 1939 Packard Twelve's powerplant was impressive not just for the smoothness of its 473 cubic inch 67° V-12 engine but also for its 175 horsepower, only ten fewer than Cadillac's V-16 and 25 more than Lincoln's Model K. The Twelve was available in two chassis of 134 3/8 inches (1707) and 139 3/8 inches (1708) and offered with a list of fourteen different catalog bodies including three coachbuilt formal cars by Brunn and Rollston.

Vacuum servo assisted hydraulic brakes complemented the V-12 engine's power. Even the clutch had a vacuum servo to lighten its operation.

The most expensive standard cataloged body was style number 1253, the elegant 5-passenger convertible sedan on the long wheelbase chassis and it offered accommodations, comfort and luxury not often seen on an open automobile including burl walnut dashboard facings, window caps and other details. Although Packard now fitted a standard column shift to its six- and eight cylinder models the 1939 Twelves offered column shift only as an option, and an expensive one at that, for $240. The convertible sedan was the only 5-passenger body offered on the long wheelbase chassis, all the others having 7-passenger seating, and is notable for its blind rear quarters when the top is erected, a feature which gives its already impressive body a refined, elegant presence. A rollup division window incorporated in the back for the front seats was a standard feature, adding privacy when the top is up and protecting the rear seat passengers from the wind with the top down.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This 1939 Packard Twelve 1708 Convertible Sedan is beautifully restored in the correct and very attractive Indium Grey metallic with bright red leather upholstery and interior trim and a black Haartz cloth top bound in matching red leather. It is impressively equipped with the optional column shift, radio, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, Packard Road and Fog lamps, folding rear seat center armrest, trunk rack, correct Packard accessory heater and running board courtesy lights.

The quality of the older restoration is apparent in the way it has survived and in the quality of details like the door and window seals and gaskets. Paint, chrome and the rich leather interior are all very good. The engine, underbody and chassis have been restored to show quality standards and still are in excellent condition. The solid fit and function of the doors also attest to the quality of the workmanship and materials that went into this Packard Twelve's restoration.

With 175 horsepower this 1939 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan will cruise effortlessly at modern highway speeds, cosseting its occupants in silence and luxury. It is of course a Classic Car Club of America Full Classic™ and is ideal for enjoying CCCA's many highly regarded display and particularly touring events.

Very few classic automobiles combine the rarity, comfort, luxury, refined appearance and performance attributes of this Packard Twelve.
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