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*Please note this vehicle is titled by its engine number.
E.C. Last, Pasadena, California (acquired in 1951)Walt Shearer, Canoga Park, California (acquired from the above in 1973)Terry Johnson, Englewood, Colorado (acquired from the above in 1998)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, August 1989, Class C-2
The year 1933 saw the Packard Motor Car Company change the name of its V-12-powered models from “Twin Six” simply to “Twelve.” This and changes to the car’s specifications, such as improved cooling, clutch, and suspension, enabled these Tenth-Series Packards to further refine what was then considered to be the finest luxury automobile produced in the US. The Packard experience was always about style and capable driving dynamics, which this model had in spades, especially in Coupe Roadster form.
The known history of this lovely 1933 Packard Twelve 1005 begins with its 1951 purchase for the princely sum of $60 by E.C. “Charlie” Last of Pasadena, California, Mr. Last, who worked as a mechanic for a Packard dealer in Pasadena after the war, was to become known as one of the finest Packard specialists in the country. In the 1950s, Mr. Last opened “E.C. Last Automotive” in Alhambra, California, and became an extremely talented engine builder, spending decades focused specifically on Packard Twelve service and repair. Mr. Last restored this car with a number of unique updates that are well documented in an article from the May 1958 issue of Motor Trend. Among the changes made were the addition of hydraulic brakes – thought to be from a late 1930s Packard – and a drawer that spanned across the car using the golf bag door opening, as well as, and most impressively, the addition of a second fuel tank to the rear of the car, which allowed it to run on either methane or gasoline with just the twisting of a few valves. The Packard received auxiliary gauges for the fuel system and an upgraded generator that powered a loudspeaker system. Mr. Last also ran the car on 16" wheels to lower the center of gravity and improve handling. There is no doubt that this creatively modified Packard was a true labor of love for Mr. Last, who must have been the ultimate Packard enthusiast.
On January 29, 1973, the Packard was sold by Mr. Last for $2,500 to another prominent California-based collector named Walt Shearer, as documented by the accompanying original Bill of Sale. Shearer owned a number of classics, including many significant Packards and a Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan. In Shearer’s possession the Packard received extensive work, including an interior and top, documented by receipts still contained in the car’s extensive history file. The Twelve was sold to well-known collector Terry Johnson of Englewood, Colorado, in 1998 and was treated with the utmost care, including the current paintwork and an engine rebuild completed in 2012.
With superb provenance, and being offered publicly for the first time, this stunning Packard Twelve only awaits a new owner to enjoy its exceptional qualities and to add to its rich history.