1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822

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1934 PACKARD TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER

Sold for DKK 2,702,500 (US$ 400,631) inc. premium
1934 PACKARD TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER

Chassis no. 73936
Engine no. 901822

445.5 cid L-Head V12 Engine
Single Stromberg Dual Draft Carburettor
160 bhp at 3,200 rpm
3-speed Manual Transmission
4-wheel Semi-Elliptical Leaf Spring Suspension
4-wheel Vacuum Assisted Drum Brakes


*A quintessential 1930s American classic
*One of the most desirable body styles from the greatest Packard year
*Multiple award-winning example
*A genuine example with original body, chassis and engine, CCCA no. 1361
*Professional restoration that presents at a high standard



THE PACKARD TWELVE

The Packard Eleventh Series V12 is a quintessential American classic of the early 1930s. On the one hand, the leading manufacturers of the day competed to see which could be declared "King of the Hill" when it came to the multi-cylinder luxury car market. Cadillac, Auburn, Franklin, Lincoln and Pierce-Arrow all brought out 12-cylinder models in the early to mid-1930s, just as the Depression took a stranglehold on the world's economy. As Packard was generally acknowledged to have marketed the world's first production V12 with the 1916 "Twin Six", when their later twelve was introduced in 1932, it quickly became a standard by which others were measured. Its 67° V-block gave it the kind of smooth balance expected of a Packard and indeed when standing by one at idle, it may be difficult to discern if it is running or not, such is its level of refinement.

On the other hand, Packard styling for 1934 was a fleeting moment of perfection as industry priorities were changing rapidly. The market was demanding quieter smoother riding cars and drivers were expecting cars with lighter steering and better brakes. Wheels began to shrink – the stately 20" quickly gave way to 17" wheels and fenders gained skirting to hide the empty space as wheels shrunk. Up to 1934, the bodies were basically designed for the earlier 1930-32 era cars and the fenders and noses were changed to blend the two, somehow managing to retain the early 1930s elegance.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

Chassis 73936 and was delivered in White Plains, New York in June 1934. In 1987, M.C. Sperry and his son purchased 73936 from Wayne Merriman. The Sperrys believed that they were likely the second or third owners of the car, as the shown mileage was only 34,000 miles. However, although it was in overall good condition, original and complete, it was necessary to perform a complete restoration. Consequently, the father-son team commissioned Wayne Merriman to perform a three-year concours-quality restoration during which it was discovered that 73936 may quite possibly be a numbers-matching car.

Merriman was regarded as one of the foremost restorers in the USA of Packard V-12 engines and had apparently at one point cared for such cars in the Harrah Collection in Reno, Nevada. During the restoration, the elder Mr. Sperry would pay an inspection visit every Saturday to Merriman's shop. The body and fenders were shipped to a Chicago location for restoration, and the upholstery was carefully re-done at substantial cost. 73936 retains its original and proper factory spoke wheels, and much time and effort was spent refinishing and rechroming the spokes. All bushings in the chassis were replaced, new wheel bearings and springs were fitted, the brakes were refurbished and the transmission was rebuilt.
The engine was renovated in Edwardsville, Kansas and stainless steel valves were used so that the car may better cope with modern fuels. When the car was completed, it was test-driven at more than 75 mph at which point it handled well.

Sadly, Wayne Merriment passed away only two months after the car was finished, and Bob and M.C. Sperry felt that they could no longer maintain the vehicle properly. In 1993, it was sold to Edgar Masters of Massachusetts. At the 1993 CCCA meeting in Denver, Colorado, the car received first place. On 20 March 1999, the noted collector Charles B. Key purchased 73936 and proceeded to enjoy it to the full. The car is accompanied by extensive documentation of the many events Keys attended with 73936 as well as a copy of the shop and service manuals. Mr. Key kept this wonderful car until it was acquired by Mr. Frederiksen.

For decades, prospective Packard buyers were solicited with the famous slogan: "Ask the man who owns one". With that in mind, another 1934 Packard advertisement sums this exemplary motor car up perfectly: "Notice that, in appearance, this car is unmistakably a Packard, with the famous identifying lines that make Packard America's most distinctive car. Then drive this Packard, and ask it to do everything you would like a fine car to do." That is precisely what the new owner of 73936 will have the rare opportunity to do. Arguably, the most desirable models of the 1930s Coupe Roadsters are the 12-cylinder models of the Eleventh Series. These rare cars became the top model from what is considered to be the most prestigious year for Packard design. Only about 20 original Coupe Roadsters are known to have survived, and they are fiercely prized by the enthusiasts who are fortunate enough to own one – and become the man to ask.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Denne bil blev leveret til White Plains, New York i juni 1934. Chassiset med den store 12-cylindrede motor var Packards top model, og 73936 har sit originale Coupe Roadster karosseri.

I 1987 blev bilen købt i fællesskab af en far og hans søn. Ifølge instrumenterne havde bilen kun havde kørt ca. 34.000 miles (54.000 km), og de to gik derfor ud fra at de kun var bilens anden eller tredje ejere. Selv om bilen var i komplet og original tilstand, gik de i gang med en fuldstændig renovering som tog tre år. Selve restaureringen blev udført af en af USAs førende Packard sagkyndige, som især havde ekspertise i Packards store V-12 motor fra 1930'erne. Motoren blev helt renoveret og fik ventiler i rustfrit stål, således at bilen bedre kan køre på moderne brændstof.

I 1993 blev bilen blev solgt til Massachusetts og igen i 1999 til Texas, hvor den blev en del af den kendte Charles B. Key Samling. Det anslås at kun cirka 20 Coupe Roadster eksisterer i dag, så denne bil repræsenterer en unik mulighed for at erhverve en fin 12-cylindret Packard fra hvad der generelt anses for at være en af Packards mest eftertragtede årgange.

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1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
1934  PACKARD  TWELVE 1107 COUPE ROADSTER  Chassis no. 73936 Engine no. 901822
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