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From the Phil Hill Family CollectionThe Roderic Blood Packard CollectionThe Phil Hill Family Collection, Santa Monica, California (acquired from the above in 1966)
As Phil Hill’s racing career drew to a close, his passion for collecting cars was reinvigorated, with a particular focus on the Brass and Nickel Eras. In 1966, Phil’s interest in restoration motivated the acquisition of this 1912 Packard Model 30 Seven-Passenger Touring at auction, from the well-respected Rod Blood collection.
Roderic Blood had one of the finest collections of Packards in the world, comprised of some 20 cars that dated between 1906 and 1936. In addition, Mr. Blood was a founder of the VMCCA and served as a two-term president of the club. In 1966, Mr. Blood’s archives were given to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum upon his passing. His famed collection was auctioned of that same year and, to this day, these cars remain well-respected examples of the marque. The Packard Model 30 was a particular favorite, and he owned both a 1907 and 1912 Roadster, as well as this 1912 Seven-Passenger Touring.
Pictures of the 1912 Model 30 just after Phil’s acquisition show the originality and completeness of the Packard, making it the perfect candidate for restoration. The project began in earnest shortly thereafter and, working from his home garage in Santa Monica, Phil completed the car with Ken Vaughn and a young Bob Moser as his apprentice. Additional photos from the period show the Model 30’s progress, and Mr. Moser recalls the overwhelming soundness of the car. While this was not Phil’s first restoration, one could certainly agree it was a significant step toward the founding of his restoration company (Hill & Vaughn).
Initially completed as a rolling chassis, the Model 30 was displayed at a Packard Club event. Afterward, the complete car was finished and the Seven-Passenger Touring was then shown at numerous concours events, including both the 1973 and 1999 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it won Best in Class. In 2013, the Phil Hill family was invited to return to Pebble Beach with the Model 30. After participating in the Tour d’Elegance, the 1912 Packard went on to win its class for an impressive third time.
A staple in two well-regarded collections, this Model 30 remains a noteworthy Packard of the highest caliber. Furthermore, its restoration is unquestionably of the finest quality given its long and successful concours career. A testament to Phil Hill’s capabilities as a restorer and a steward of Brass and Nickel Era automobiles, the Seven-Passenger Touring presented here remains highly eligible for both touring or concours display. THE PHIL HILL FAMILY COLLECTION
While Phil Hill needs no introduction amongst car enthusiasts, his automotive passions beyond racing are perhaps less known. Both a collector and a world-class restorer, Phil’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and love of early American cars was nothing short of impressive.
His deep understanding of the workings of an automobile only enhanced Phil’s ability as a driver; and when his racing career ended, it was a natural progression for him to become a leading restorer. Best in Class and Best of Show wins at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance confirm both the correctness and quality of his work.
The Phil Hill collection has remained a benchmark amongst compilations of Brass, Nickel, and Classic Era automobiles, and Gooding & Company is privileged to offer two very significant examples on behalf of the Phil Hill Family Collection. Both Packards offered here boast long-term, caring ownership, and each has a uniquely individual story to tell. This presents a significant opportunity for the true enthusiast.