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*Please note that this car is titled 901967.
Leon Ogilvie, Wilton, Maine (acquired in the early 1950s)Robert Bahre, Oxford, Maine (acquired from the estate of the above in 1978)David Anderson, St. Louis, Missouri (acquired from the above in 1998)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2007)
AACA Fall Meet, Hershey, Pennsylvania, September 1980 (First Place Junior Award)AACA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 1981 (Joseph Parkin Award)Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Pebble Beach, California, August 2007Ironstone Concours d’Elegance, Murphys, California, September 2007 (First in Class)Chico Concours d’Elegance, Chico, California, September 2007 (Best of Show, People’s Choice)Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, Palos Verdes, California, September 2007 (Meguiar’s Award for Best Finish)Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, Hillsborough, California, July 2008 (People’s Choice)Niello Concours d’Elegance, El Dorado Hills, California, October 2008 (Best of Show)Pebble Beach Motoring Classic (2009-2015)
The 1934 Packard Twelve holds a revered place in the realm of classic cars. It was the year that Packard’s styling reached its pinnacle, the perfect complement to the engineering prowess of the brilliant 12-cylinder engine. An entire book was published about the model. Ed Blend’s The Magnificent Packard Twelve of Nineteen Thirty Four, written nearly 40 years ago, pays tribute to this small slice of Packard production, the stature of which has only grown with the passage of time.
The opportunity to acquire one is not a common occurrence, particularly an example that has a known history and is ready to be enjoyed, such as the car offered here. This Dual-Windshield Phaeton, body type 731, is one of just 10 such examples produced in 1934, according to Blend’s definitive book.
The Packard Motor Car Company cowl data plate shows delivery in Stamford, Connecticut, on July 19, 1934. While little is recorded about this Packard’s earliest years, this rare Twelve Phaeton is understood to have spent its first 64 years in the New England area; it remains in its as-delivered configuration today, with the engine, chassis, and body all believed to be original to the car.
Leon Ogilvie of Wilton, Maine, acquired the Packard in the early 1950s. His son, Duncan, recalls fond memories of family summer drives in the area. Upon the death of the senior Ogilvie in 1978, the car was sold to famed marque collector Bob Bahre, who commissioned a full restoration by Melvin Culver of Customs by Beaver in Wisconsin. The restoration was completed in 1980 and the Packard made its debut at that year’s AACA gathering in Hershey, Pennsylvania, receiving a first-place Junior Award. The following February at the AACA annual meeting in Philadelphia, it was awarded the Joseph Parkin Award for the Eastern Division for the best Packard shown in 1980.
The Packard remained a fixture in Mr. Bahre’s collection for 20 years, alongside other important examples of the legendary model. It was sold to David Anderson of St. Louis, Missouri, on December 16, 1998. Mr. Anderson retained the car for nine years, driving it only 200 miles during his ownership. In January 2007, the current owner acquired the Packard Twelve and commissioned respected restorer Chris Charlton of Classic Car Services in Maine to prepare the phaeton for a return to the show circuit.
The Packard was displayed at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, and in the following two years it won numerous awards in California, including two Best of Show honors: at the 2007 Chico Concours d’Elegance, and again at the 2008 Niello Concours d’Elegance at Serrano.
Following an engine rebuild in 2009 by Martin Hveem of Redding, California, this Packard was ready for touring. The car has participated in six editions of the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic, a 1,600-mile tour that begins in Kirkland, Washington, and follows a challenging route to Pebble Beach, California. In addition to those tours, the car participated in two Classic Car Club of America CARavans, and the consignor reports that it performed beautifully.
This Packard was featured in the CCCA’s Fall 2015 issue of The Classic Car in an article entitled, “Driving on the Mainland,” which chronicled its many journeys.
Martin Hveem Automobile Restorations has maintained the Packard Twelve for the current owner, and it still presents beautifully today. The elegant black paintwork retains the gleam that only a lacquer finish possesses, and it is complemented by striking red leather upholstery. The folding rear windshield keeps back-seat passengers comfortable while touring, while a correct Packard trunk, fitted with three suitcases, provides ample storage. In addition, this Phaeton comes complete with an original set of tools, jack, owner’s manual, and a complete set of side curtains.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire the desirable combination of the preferred year of Packard styling, the magnificent Twelve engine, and a delightful open body style. Welcome on any show field and a proven touring car, this outstanding Packard warrants serious consideration.