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In 1933, Packard Motor Car Company built 520 examples of their top-of-the-line Twelve and offered the exclusive chassis in a generous range of catalogue and custom body styles. One of the most attractive factory body styles was the 2–4 -Passenger Coupe, which shared the sporting lines, golf door, and rumble seat of the Convertible Coupe. In all, just five examples were built.
The history of this remarkable Tenth Series Twelve Coupe can be traced back to October 27, 1933, when it was sold new through Earle C. Anthony’s Packard distributor in Los Angeles. As evidenced by the Packard Vehicle No. 638-14, this was the fourth coupe built on the 142” wheelbase 1005 chassis, with each 1933 coachwork sequence beginning with body number 11.
Though little is known of the car’s earliest years, in 1961, Long Beach-area Packard collector Dr. Harley Deere discovered the rare Twelve in Woodland, California, and acquired it for his growing stable of classics. In the 1970s, Dr. Deere began to restore the Packard Coupe, but the project was ultimately put aside and the work never completed.
In September 1986, Larry Justice, of Seattle, learned of Dr. Deere’s Packard Coupe and sold his 1934 Super Eight Club Sedan to make room for the new project.
Beginning in 1987, Mr. Justice performed a comprehensive cosmetic and mechanical restoration, refinishing the coachwork in its current two-tone blue color scheme. Upholstered in gray wool broadcloth and outfitted with enclosed metal spares, Trippe driving lights, wide whitewall tires, and the striking “Goddess of Speed” radiator mascot, this Packard Twelve Coupe is the epitome of Classic Era elegance.
Completed in summer 1987, Mr. Justice’s freshly restored Packard debuted at the CCCA Pacific Northwest Grand Classic and received a perfect 100-point score as well as first place in the Primary Division. At the 1991 CCCA National Meet, the Packard captured first place in the Senior Division, earning badge no. 1302S. Two years later, Mr. Justice’s Packard Twelve Coupe was the feature of a cover article in the Bumper Guardian, the official newsletter of the Pacific Northwest Region CCCA.
Beyond its impressive results at the height of judged competition, this handsome Packard Twelve has received numerous first place and People’s Choice awards at classic car events throughout the Northwest. The consignor reports that the restoration has been well maintained and, with minor detailing, the Packard would be a competitive concours entrant.
Today, just two of the five original 1933 Model 1005 Twelve Coupes are known to exist. Given its rarity, concours pedigree, and timeless styling, this elegant Packard Twelve should appeal to collectors in search of a beautifully presented 1930s classic.