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Lot 43

2015   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2015

1934 Packard Twelve 1107 Seven-Passenger Touring

SOLD $517,000

Estimate

$500,000 - $600,000

Chassis

730-21

Engine

902322

Car Highlights

CCCA Primary, Senior, and Premier Award Winner
Restored by Noted Packard Twelve Expert Thomas Moretti
Finished in Dramatic Original Color Combination
Judged at 100 Points on Three Separate Occasions
A Rare and Impeccably Restored Open Twelve

Technical Specs

445.5 CID L-Head 67˚ V-12 Engine
Single Stromberg EE-3 Downdraft Carburetor
160 BHP at 3,200 RPM
3-Speed Synchromesh Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Vacuum-Assisted Mechanical Drum Brakes
Front Beam Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Rear Live-Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled by its engine number.

Register to Bid

The City of New York (acquired new in August 1934)James and Ruth Dougherty, Indianapolis, Indiana (acquired via Leo Gephart, early 1960s)Thomas A. Moretti, Inverness, Illinois (acquired in 2004)Private Collector, San Diego, California (acquired from the above in 2012)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Pebble Beach, California, August 2007 (First in Class)Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island, Florida, March 2008 (Best in Class)Barrington Concours d’Elegance, Arlington Heights, Illinois, May 2008 (Award of Distinction)CCCA Experience, Hickory Corners, Michigan, June 2008 (Most Elegant Car)Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles, Canton, Ohio, June 2008 (Best in Class)CCCA Michigan Grand Classic, 2008 (First Primary Award)CCCA Illinois Grand Classic, 2008 (First Senior Award)CCCA Indiana Grand Classic 2009 (First Premier Award)

The 1934 Packard Twelve is regarded as a high-water mark for the company and was far superior not only to its competition, but also to everything the Packard firm had built previously. If you had wealth and good taste in 1934, you were likely to be seen in a Packard Twelve.

The level of detail and unification in the styling is simply spectacular. For example, the headlamp lenses are deeply V’d to match the radiator shell and the top edges of the lenses match the Packard trademark grille lines; even the parking lights carry this theme. Also, the barbed-hood molding carries along the entire length of the car, giving the coachwork a lower, sleeker look.

The Packard Motor Car distributor of New York sold this Seven-Passenger Touring on March 30, 1934. It is believed that this rare open Twelve, the 11th example of approximately 20 produced, was originally purchased by the City of New York and retained as an official municipal vehicle for parades and visiting dignitaries. In the early 1950s, the city replaced this Packard, like many parade cars of the 1930s, when more modern and specialized postwar models became available.

Leo Gephart, a pioneer in classic car collecting, purchased the rare Packard Twelve out of New York and later sold it to esteemed collectors James and Ruth Dougherty of Indianapolis. Over the next several decades, the elegant Packard was well known in classic car circles and remained a fixture in the Dougherty collection, where it shared the garage with classics such as a Marmon Sixteen and a Barker-bodied Model J Duesenberg.

Following the passing of Mr. and Mrs. Dougherty, the Seven-Passenger Touring caught the eye of renowned Packard collector and restorer Tom Moretti at an Indiana auction in 2004. Recognizing that the car retained a host of its original components, he knew it was an excellent restoration candidate and added the Touring car to his growing collection of Twelves.

During the meticulous disassembly process, Mr. Moretti discovered original black paint and sections of original upholstery in areas that had not been disturbed during the initial 1960s restoration. As a result of these findings, the Touring body was finished in striking all-black livery, highlighted by light pinstriping, chrome wire wheels, whitewall tires, covered spares, C.M. Hall spotlights, and the classic Packard Cormorant mascot.

Impeccably restored to its original splendor, the Packard Twelve debuted at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. Incredibly, Tom Moretti beat the formidable competition and captured First in Class, the fourth consecutive year that one of his cars had emerged victorious on the lawn at The Lodge.

The Packard also went through the rounds of CCCA competition. In less than a year, it won First Place in Primary at the Michigan Grand Classic, First Place in Senior Division at the Indiana Grand Classic, and a First Place in the Premier Division at the Illinois Grand Classic, achieving a perfect 100-point score on each occasion.

In 2012, following Mr. Moretti’s passing, the 1107 was sold along with most of his celebrated collection and joined a diverse Southern California collection, where it continued to receive expert care. Two years later, the car joined the esteemed collection of the consignor, whose California-based collection features some of the finest thoroughbred automobiles.

The exclusive names, venues, and superlatives that have come to be associated with this rare Packard over the past several decades speak to its inherent significance and desirability. It stands today as a sparkling representation of the engineering, styling, and quality that built Packard’s superb reputation. Absolutely sublime in every respect, this marvelous Packard Twelve demands serious consideration, as it is the very embodiment of the American classic car.