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Twelve coupé, 1936


€ 120.000 - 180.000

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chassis no. 904310, engine no.904310

• V-12 engine.

• Matching numbers.

• Pre-war sporting and elegant.

• CCCA Full Classic™.

• Concours restoration.

Certificates and Statements
Italian registration and new plates.
Giro di Sicilia.
Targa Florio.
Goodwood Revival.
Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti.
Coppa delle Alpi by 1000 Miglia.
Winter Marathon.
Nürburgring Classic.
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille.
Concorso d’eleganza Villa D’Este.


The model
The Packard Twelve was a range of V12-engined luxury automobiles built by the Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan. The car was built from model year 1933 until 1939 as a successor to the twelve-cylinder Twin Six. As a sign of changing times, the majority of Packard Twelves received standard bodywork, with custom bodywork gradually losing favor. The famous automotive historian Beverly Rae Kimes described the Packard Twelves of the 1930s as “the ultimate in conveyances to emanate from East Grand Boulevard” (Packard’s historic headquarters and factory). Although Packard had produced a fine, earlier twelve-cylinder car known as the ‘Twin Six’, the Packard Twelve offered from 1933 through 1939 became one of the most esteemed automobiles of the Classic Era. Introduction of the Packard Twelve came about as a result of marketing need and engineering development. Since Cadillac introduced a V-16 engine at the 1930 New York Auto Show, rasing the bar for luxury cars, the other manufacturers had to give an adequate response. Packard’s new V-12 was already in development by Indianapolis champion Tommy Milton and Cornelius Van Ranst for a front-wheel drive Packard, after the experience had for the Cord L-29. The FWD project was stillborn, but Milton and Van Ranst were paid $ 10,000 for development of the V-12 engine that quickly found its way into a new Packard model built on the long wheelbase Deluxe chassis. Packard’s legendary chief engineer Jesse Vincent brought an ongoing series of developments to the new Twelve engine and chassis. By Packard’s 14th Series in 1936, the 473 c.i.d. (7756 cc) V-12 produced 175 hp, only 10 hp less than Cadillac’s V-16. The engine was matched with a three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission. Mechanical–vacuum assisted brakes on all four wheels were standard, as well as wire wheels. The 14th Series of 1936 was largely unchanged from the 12th (there was no 13th Series). The only differences were a radiator angled by five more degrees, the oil temperature regulator was redesigned. Despite dwindling sales in the Depression years, the Twelve was offered in fifteen factory body styles in 1936 on long 139 in. and 144 in. chassis. Production of 1936 Packard Twelves totaled only 682 cars. The Twelve coupe was one of the more exclusive body styles offered, designed for the gentleman, or woman, who desired to drive and enjoy the power of the V-12 engine for themselves.
The car
The 1936 Packard Twelve (Model 1407) Coupe with chassis no. 904310 is stunning to observe and an absolutely outstanding example of both the Twelve chassis and the coupe body style. This Packard underwent a full restoration to concours conditions, some years ago. Nowadays the car is a gorgeous automobile for showing or touring. The car is among the CCCA Full Classic™. The exterior reveals the grandeur of the big coupe and many outstanding features. The cream paint is accented with a dark red pinstriping, corresponding with the cloisonné Packard wheel centers and still looks nicely, as does the chrome trim. The long hood is flanked by twin body color enclosed side mount spares, each topped by rear view mirror. The sides of the hood feature stylish, art deco horizontal hood vents flowing back most of the length of the hood highlighted by slender chrome trim. Special features include locking golf bag doors on both sides, body colored Trippe Lights that were a Packard-approved dealer-installed accessory, and a very correct hinged luggage rack. A rumble seat unexpectedly appears from the rear of the car. The very nice interior is upholstered in high quality pleated tan broadcloth, while the exposed rumble seat is covered in tan leather. The dashboard features a chrome central gauge panel with an art-deco Packard rotary radio. Windshield and door window trim is painted with an excellent woodgrain finish and the rear window can raise and lower for fresh air, by means of a rotary knob. A sleek Packard Cormorant hood ornament adorns the stately radiator. Under the hood, the finish and detail is outstanding too, with the matching numbers engine painted in Packard green with black accessories and plated trim that includes the very impressive (21 to a side) acorn head bolts. A really great car to drive, chassis no. 904310 is an excellent example of a seldom seen Packard that can be enjoyed for many years with minimal effort, and will only increase in value. The both sporty and classy appearance resulting from the color, trim and accessories make this a Packard that will be welcomed with excitement for either elegance competitions or racing events.

State of Art
Completely restored.


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Condition report

To request a Condition Report, please contact The department will provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Please note that what Finarte declares with respect to the state of conservation of the objects corresponds only to a qualified opinion and that we are not professional conservators or restorers. We urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. We always suggest prospective buyers to inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition during the exhibition days as indicated in the catalog.

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