2022 | Pebble Beach Auctions
1932 Packard Twin Six 905 Coupe Roadster
From The Tony Vincent Estate Collection
$300,000 - $400,000
A Fine Example of Packard’s Classic Era V-12
Desirable Coupe Roadster Body Style
Well Accessorized and Presented in a Striking Color Combination
Past Ownership by a Number of Noteworthy Collectors
CCCA First Place Winner and a Worthy Centerpiece to Any Collection
445.5 CID L-Head 67° V-12 Engine
Single Stromberg EE-3 Downdraft Carburetor
160 BHP at 3,200 RPM
3-Speed Manual Synchromesh Gearbox
4-Wheel Vacuum-Assisted Mechanical Drum Brakes
Front Beam-Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Shock Absorbers
Rear Live-Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Shock Absorbers
Please note that the catalogue incorrectly lists the engine number as the chassis number. The Packard Vehicle Number is 579 61, the chassis number is 900402, and the engine number is 900416. This vehicle is titled by its engine number.
John M. Wheatley, Tulsa, Oklahoma (acquired by 1982)
Jerry Moore, Houston, Texas (acquired from the above in 1986)
John McMullen, La Peer, Michigan (acquired from the above in 1994)
Tony Vincent (acquired in 1998)
CCCA Grand Classic, Colorado, 1982 (First Place)
Packard’s dominance of the luxury car field was bolstered with the introduction of its 12-cylinder engine for the 1932 model year. Reviving the Twin Six name, this model ushered in a new era of smooth and powerful multicylinder Packards coupled with classic styling elements, incorporating a lengthy hood, V-shaped grille, and flowing, open fenders. The result was an automobile that was revered when new and remains so today.
Offered here is a Ninth-Series Coupe Roadster, by far the most sporting of the 10 body styles offered for 1932. It provides intimate seating for two with the top up, or open-air motoring pleasure with the top lowered flush with the beltline. Two additional passengers can be seated in the rumble seat compartment and, when not in use, its lid blends perfectly with the rear contours of the car. The robust drivetrain is an engineering marvel, blending smoothness with more-than-ample power, courtesy of the 445 cid engine producing 160 hp placed in a generous 142" wheelbase chassis.
While the early history of this car is not known, it was cared for by a number of noted classic automotive enthusiasts during the past 40-plus years. It was acquired by John M. Wheatley of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the early 1980s, who owned four other Packard Twelves at the time. Mr. Wheatley entered it at the 1982 CCCA Grand Classic in Denver, where it scored 98 points and earned its First Place award, commemorated with badge no. 1029. It then passed to Jerry Moore of Texas, followed by John McMullen of Michigan, both collectors of note with a preference for fine American classics. Tony Vincent acquired this car in 1998 and it has since benefited from some paintwork, plus a new top and beautifully crafted interior.
This Packard is finished in an elegant, two-tone combination of dark blue on the fenders and upper body panels complemented by a gray shade on all side body panels. The canvas roof picks up the dark blue tone, which is repeated throughout the interior compartment of the leather upholstery, door panels, and carpeting. Whitewall tires with chrome wire wheels lend an air of sporty elegance to the presentation, as do several accessories including metal sidemount covers equipped with Packard mirrors, driving lights, and wind wings. It has been well cared-for and shown sparingly, making for a fitting centerpiece to any collection.
Packard Twin Six production for 1932 represented a mere 3% of total Packard output, and today, less than 25 examples across all body styles are known to the CCCA and The Packard Club. In the seminal work on this marque, Packard, A History of the Motor Car and the Company, automotive historian Beverly Rae Kimes described the 12-cylinder models as “the ultimate in conveyances,” a description still appropriate 90 years later, and an assessment its next owner is sure to discover.