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294: 1933 Packard Twelve 2/4-Passenger Coupe Roadster

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Chassis #: 63952

Tenth Series, Model 1005, Body Style 639. 160 bhp, 445 cu. in. V-12 engine, three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission with Gear Vendors overdrive, solid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 142"

- Believed to be one of 50 examples built and less than 20 remaining in existence
- Thoughtful upgrades include overdrive, updated fuel and electrical systems

At the onset of the Great Depression, Packard continued to dominate its market and, despite the economic turmoil, maintained a strong balance sheet. Remaining steadfastly focused on the fine car segment, Packard met the growing multi-cylinder threat from both Cadillac and Lincoln directly with the all-new Twin Six for 1932.

With the release of Packard’s Tenth Series in January 1933, the Twelve was built upon a new tapered frame and benefited from mechanical refinements including a single dry-plate clutch and optional freewheeling, while the Stromberg carburetor now included an automatic choke and a fast-idle circuit. Two models were offered, of which Model 1005 was based on a 142-inch wheelbase.

Cars from the Tenth and Eleventh Series are often considered the ultimate Packards among today’s collectors and enthusiasts. Among their many attributes, they were the last Packard models with the classically swept fender lines before the advent of the later, more streamlined look. The front ensemble is simply beautiful with a graceful V-shaped radiator shell, while inside, the dash panel is a work of art surrounded by rich wood trim.

One of the most rare and desirable body styles on the Model 1005 Packard Twelve chassis is without a doubt the elegant 2/4-Passenger Coupe Roadster, of which less than 20 of the 50 original examples built remain in existence. The current owner acquired this wonderful example in January 2002 from classic Packard dealer Tom Crook of Seattle, Washington. Lorin Tryon, the well-known Packard collector, once owned it as well. Very attractively finished in blue with a tan convertible top, the Twelve features blue upholstery and matching carpeting, as well as a wood-grain dash and door caps. Best of all, it retains the original coachwork today, as verified by the original numbers stamped into the wooden body frame.

The Packard continues to display an excellent older restoration and remains very presentable, with a pair of de-skirted front fenders evoking those of the prior Ninth Series models. Furthermore, this Twelve is particularly well sorted for touring enjoyment with a 12-volt electrical system, updated fuel-system plumbing to prevent vapor lock, and a Gear Vendors overdrive unit providing up to six forward speeds and the ability to cruise at today’s freeway speeds. The original generator remains in place but has been disconnected in favor of the more capable 12-volt/alternator electrical system, and the original front-fender skirts remain with the car.

Used for enjoyable local touring by its current owner, this dashing 1933 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster starts on command and runs great. It also features a clean and presentable undercarriage and a fully functional Bijur chassis lubrication system. With its rarity and remarkably refined driving dynamics and thoughtful upgrades, this 1933 Packard Twelve is ideal for the Classic Era enthusiast in search of a wonderful mount for any number of touring events.

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Estimate $200,000 – $250,000
Starting Bid $100,000

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