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Lot 627
1934 Packard Twelve 1107 Club Sedan


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• Professional body-off-the-frame restoration
• CCCA Full Classic® eligible for all meets and CARavans
• Well-maintained, from a noted collection
• Exhibited at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
• Recently participated in The 2022 Enthusiast Tour

445.5 cid L-head V-12 engine, single Stromberg dual draft carburetor, 160 HP at 3,200 RPM, three-speed manual transmission, four-wheel semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, four-wheel vacuum-assisted drum brakes; wheelbase: 142”

Many Packard enthusiasts consider the Eleventh Series of 1934 to be the pinnacle of the marque’s pre-war design efforts. From the Standard Eight through the flagship Twelve, all 1934 Packards shared the same elegant and sophisticated form that placed them among the most desirable cars in America. While the Eleventh Series design was similar to the outgoing Tenth Series, subtle improvements like the deeply curvaceous front fenders lent a fuller, more glamorous appearance. Beneath the skin, mechanical improvements were again relatively minor but significant enough to make it a leader in this elite and prestigious class. At the top of the food chain sat the Twelve, exemplifying the sort of grace, power and elegance that continues to define the classic era.

The Packard Twelve 1107 offered here is equipped with crisp and attractive Club Sedan coachwork from the factory catalog. With pleasing proportions and a well-balanced mix of style and luxury, the close-coupled Club Sedan body is an excellent example of Packard’s in-house design talent. This car was treated to a high-quality body-off-the-frame restoration over fifteen years ago, and it is still stunning today. Finished in deep red over camel-colored upholstery, it is a handsome example with an inviting character that makes it the perfect choice for touring and relaxed driving pleasure. Overall, the dark red paintwork is quite attractive with smooth finishing that is consistent with a high-quality restoration. Likewise, body alignment is excellent, and all four doors fit well. Period-correct accessories include a cormorant mascot atop the body-color radiator shell, dual side-mount spare tires and a trunk rack to supplement the integrated boot between the rear wheel arches. Equipped with painted wire wheels and wide whitewall tires, this Packard has an appealing and attractive presence.

The well-appointed cabin features lovely camel-colored wool fabric upholstery, faithful to original specifications. It is in exceptional condition in both the front and rear compartments, with matching door panels and contrasting brown carpets to round out the inviting, luxurious interior. The polished alloy instrument panel is set into a restored woodgrain-effect dash, and the same trim repeats on the window surrounds. Lovely black and cream-faced gauges, switches and interior fittings are all like jewelry. Aimed at the owner-driver, the Club Sedan is quite user-friendly, delivering an equally enjoyable experience for the driver and passengers.

When new, the 445-cubic-inch V-12 was rated for 160 horsepower, with each of those ponies delivered with superlative refinement. This example is no exception and runs quite well, with the smoothness and near-silent operation expected of a well-sorted Packard Twelve. Power goes through a three-speed manual transmission that is delightfully easy to operate, thanks to synchronized second and third gears. The engine is correct with proper Packard green engine paint on the block and heads and black porcelain enamel on the manifolds.

The Eleventh Series Packard Twelve had few peers in its day, and the same sentiment rings true today. When new, the Twelve was coveted for its style, performance, and unparalleled refinement, and today’s collectors cherish these magnificent automobiles for the same reasons. This '34 Packard Twelve, delivered new through the famous San Francisco Packard distributor Earle C. Anthony Inc., is no exception and is well-sorted and ready for its next enthusiastic owner to drive and enjoy it to the fullest. Recognized by the Classic Car Club of America as a Full Classic®, it is ideal for touring events and has performed beautifully for the current owner who has used it as a tour car extensively for the last fifteen years. A testament to the quality and reliability of this Packard Twelve, it recently completed the 200+ mile 2022 Enthusiast Driving Tour.

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