1933 PACKARD TWELVE MODEL 1005 DUAL WINDSHIELD PHAETON
Chassis No. 631-14
Engine No. 901214
Caramel with dark brown fenders, belting and yellow wire wheels and pinstriping with tufted tan leather interior and a tan top
Engine: modified L, twelve cylinders, 445ci., 160bhp at 3,200rpm; Gearbox: three-speed manual with reverse; Suspension: front and rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes; four wheel vacuum assisted drums. Left hand drive.
Improvements on the Tenth Series twelve cylinder model motor cars were quite impressive, as the double drop frame of the twin six of 1932 was altered to become a tapered frame with a larger track at the rear of the car that became progressively smaller towards the front. Additionally, the new twelve cylinder cars, which had previously been named the Twin Six in the 1932 model line, were now referred to as the Twelve, a more simple way to identify the top-of-the-line Packard series. Of the Tenth Series, only two different models were offered with a twelve cylinder powerplant, the 1005 and the 1006. The Model 1005 was built on a 142 inch wheelbase and was offered with nearly any body style including phaeton, sport phaeton, sedan, convertible sedan, formal sedan, club sedan, convertible victoria, coupe-roadster and four or five passenger roadster. The 1006 was more of a custom car designed for limousines and exclusive coachbuilders. The car on offer, with a wheelbase of 142 inches, is one of the most desirable examples featuring the attractive body lines of the Dual Windshield Phaeton coachwork by Packard.
This attractive car was purchased by Mr. Browning in 1973 in California and was then driven back to Utah. Notably, we understand that the prior owners drove this Packard Twelve from New York to California. From several earlier photographs of the car, taken shortly after Mr. Browning's purchase, it is in quite presentable original order. It appeared much as it does today, including the two-tone caramel and brown paint scheme as well as the yellow wire wheels. Within a short time a full restoration of the Packard was commissioned by Mr. Browning at the hands of a favored local restorer. Overall the restoration has held up quite well. The paintwork is presentable and shows some wear, the underbody, engine bay and motor are also presentable though corrosion is present on the manifold. Some of the correct period details on this car include dual sidemount spares with covers and mirrors, C.M. Hall Depress Beam headlamps, original Packard trunk, dual horns and dual Pilot Ray steering actuated turning lamps. Additionally, all gauges and instrumentation, including the Waltham eight day clock, appear correct and in good overall condition. This attractive Packard Twelve is considered a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America and would be welcome at many of the club events and caravans nationwide.