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Coachwork by Derham
*Please note that this car is titled by its firewall number, 184713.
John Bromley, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (acquired new in 1934)Studebaker/Packard Dealer, North Carolina (acquired circa 1958)Tom Dunaway Jr., Anderson, South Carolina (acquired from the above in 1965)Kenneth Vaughn, Los Angeles, California (acquired from the above in May 1965)Otis Chandler, Oxnard, California (acquired from the above in December 1998)Current Owner (acquired from the estate of the above in October 2006)
Le Cercle Concours d’Elegance, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, June 1972 (First in Class, Best of Show)CCCA Grand Classic, Santa Barbara, California, July 1972 (First in Class)Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Pebble Beach, California, August 1972 (First in Class, Most Elegant Car)Silverado Concours d’Elegance, Napa, California, 1972 (First in Class, Most Elegant Award)Le Cercle Concours d’Elegance, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California, June 1974Crane Country Day School Concours d’Elegance, Santa Barbara, California (Best of Show)Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, August 1999 (Second in Class)
The story of this fascinating Packard Twelve begins at the 1931 New York Auto Show, where a custom Derham Sport Sedan body was ordered by John Bromley to be mounted on his 1930 Packard 745. He was so impressed with the design and quality of the body that in 1934 he had Derham transfer it to a new Packard Twelve chassis, a common practice at the time. In so doing, he created this stunning, unique Eleventh-series Packard.
By the mid-1950s, the car had been sold to a Packard dealer, where it was disassembled for restoration. After progress stalled, it was sold in 1965 to Tom Dunaway Jr. of South Carolina, who immediately advertised it for sale. The rare Packard was purchased by Ken Vaughn, sight unseen, and he had the project shipped to his Southern California home. The restoration took six years of dedicated work by specialized craftsmen, including the famed Packard mechanic Charlie Last, who rebuilt and installed the engine. The Ed Sutton bodywork, Joe Maggio upholstery, and Art Summers striping (in lacquer) came together in late 1971, with spectacular results.
It was at the Sport Sedan’s CCCA debut at a Santa Barbara concours that Ken Vaughn met Phil Hill. The partnership they would come to form would lead to the creation of the renowned Hill & Vaughn Restoration Company, which would go on to produce dozens of award-winning restorations. Over the next few years, Mr. Vaughn logged some 5,000 miles in the Derham Twelve, and it continued to win awards at CCCA Grand Classics and major West Coast concours, including a First in Class and Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Car Award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in 1972. Mr. Vaughn’s acquisition, restoration, and exhibition of this fine classic are chronicled in a significant set of photographs and written correspondence that accompanies the sale.
In late 1998, Mr. Vaughn sold his prized Packard to renowned collector Otis Chandler, who returned it to the lawn at Pebble Beach in 1999, earning a Second in Class with its then-30-year-old restoration, a testament to its enduring quality. The Packard remained an important part of Mr. Chandler’s collection of rare classics until his passing in 2006. That year, the 1108 was acquired by the consignor and added to his outstanding collection, where it has been a centerpiece ever since. His cars are regularly exercised on quiet Southern California back roads, and the Packard is stated to drive essentially as new.
Presented as it was when Ken Vaughn completed its restoration in 1971, this magnificent Packard Twelve stands as a veteran of the golden age of the classic car hobby. As one of the finest examples of a one-off, custom-bodied Packard Twelve, it will always be associated with some of the greatest names in classic cars and should be welcomed with a sense of nostalgic pride on any show field.