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Lot 128

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1939 Packard Twelve 1708 Convertible Sedan

SOLD $106,400

Estimate

$200,000 - $250,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

1253-2015

Engine

B602102

Car Highlights

Final Year of the Senior Series Packard Twelve
Packard’s Top-of-the-Line Production Body Style in 1939
Just Four Remaining Examples Known to the CCCA and The Packard Club
Smooth, Powerful Packard V-12 Engine
Elegant Motoring, Top Up or Down

Technical Specs

473.3 CID L-Head V-12 Engine
Single Stromberg EE3 Downdraft Carburetor
175 BHP at 3,200 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Vacuum-Assisted Drum Brakes
Front Independent Coil-Spring Suspension
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that the brakes may require servicing before use.

Register to Bid

The Packard Twelve’s 17th series, which comprised less than 1% of the company’s total production for 1939, marked the end of an era for both the marque and the luxury motorcar field. Packard produced just 446 examples of the 1939 Twelve, and at the top of the line of the production body styles was the convertible sedan, such as the example offered here. Priced at a lofty $5,395, it was the only open-body style offered on the longer 139" wheelbase chassis, more than 2 1/2 times the expense of its junior Super Eight counterpart.

This example is finished with striking green paint and a contrasting tan canvas top. Its interior is upholstered in brown leather, and a roll-up division window provides privacy for rear-seat passengers. Available accessories were few, and this example is equipped with a radio as well as a painted accessory trunk. Currently fitted with a Lalique Tete d’Aigle (Eagle Head) hood ornament, the standard Packard Cormorant ornament accompanies the car. This Packard was purchased in 2011 and was delivered to Dave Mitchell, a noted Packard specialist, for mechanical sorting. During this time, the engine was replaced with a rebuilt unit of the same type. This car also features a number of mechanical enhancements, including an overdrive gearbox for high-speed touring and an electric fuel pump. Desirable and exclusive when new, it remains so today; just four examples of the 1939 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan are currently known between The Packard Club and the CCCA. Rarely does the opportunity come about to acquire such a desirable, 12-cylinder Packard with open coachwork.