29 August 1999
1935 PACKARD 1207 V12 CONVERTIBLE VICTORIA
Chassis No. 827-212
Engine No. 90365
Maroon with maroon leather interior
Engine: V12, 473.31ci., 175bhp at 3,200rpm; Gearbox: three speed manual; Suspension: front, independent coil springs, rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel drum. Left hand drive.
In 1898 James Ward Packard, an electric lamp manufacturer of Warren, Ohio bought his first car, a Winton. Dissatisfied with it, Packard decided to design and build his own car. By 1903 with a new factory in Detroit, Packard was rapidly becoming one of America's leading car manufacturers. Packard's reputation was founded upon fine engineering, long life, early racing success and great 12-cylinder luxury cars. Clearly recognizable by distinct yoke-shaped radiators and fluted hoods, Packards projected an aura of prestige and excellence. The Packard workmanship was also favorably compared to that of Rolls-Royce. As early as 1903 Packard established the first factory school in auto engineering with regular classes for employees, later expanded to month-long courses in car maintenance and repair for Packard chauffeurs and owners. In the early years, Packard took an unusual step in the U.S.A. by establishing its own factory dealerships, selling directly to the public rather than through independent agencies. In order to maintain their high standards of quality, Packard decided to build as many parts as possible in-house.
In the 1930s Packard was the market leader of the luxury car market. Its twelve cylinder models were of the highest quality and refinement and attracted the finest of coachbuilt bodies to adorn their superb chassis. One such company was Dietrich, one of America's best custom body builders. They utilized rear hinged doors which was typically only seen on custom models. This gave the cars an overall impressive look as typified by this very presentable example.
The Series 1207 Packard on offer here has recently benefited from a frame off restoration. Overall, this Packard is in very presentable condition. The paintwork appears quite nice as the maroon color complements the attractive coachwork. These very desirable Senior Series Packards offer the best in coachbuilt comfort with the strength of the Packard V12 and make for wonderful and spirited touring cars. This car is considered a Full Classic by the CCCA and would undoubtedly be welcome on many club events and tours.
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