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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.