1922 Packard Twin Six RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: $100,000-$125,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $90,750

Model 3-35, 90bhp, 424.1 cu. in. two cast iron block of six-cylinders, Packard downdraft carburetor with Fuelizer, three-speed selective-sliding gear transmission, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf spring suspensions, mechanical rear wheel brakes. Wheelbase: 136"

The Packard Motor Car Company was well-established as a manufacturer of prestige cars by 1915, its reputation for owner satisfaction demonstrated by adoption of the slogan “ Ask the Man Who Owns One. ” But its record as builder of four and six-cylinder cars was about to change, as a new engine was introduced in May of that year.

Called the Twin Six, it was a 60-degree V12, with two blocks of six cylinders set on an aluminum crankcase. Designed by chief engineer Jesse Vincent, it displaced 424 cubic inches and developed 88 horsepower. Offered as Packard ’ s sole engine between 1916 and 1920, it came with myriad body styles priced from $3,050 to $5,150. The Twin Six outsold the nearest luxury competitor, Pierce-Arrow, by four to one in its introductory year, and nearly eight to one the next.

Variations on the Twin Six were Packard ’ s only offerings through 1920, when a lighter and less expensive car, variously referred to as Single Six, Light Six or Series 116, joined the line. Production immediately dwarfed that of the larger car. In total, by the time Packard discontinued the Twin Six in 1923, only 8,750 of the last generation (1920-1923) Twin Sixes were built.

The wonderfully presented twelve-cylinder Packard offered here is one of the best of its kind. It was fully restored from the ground up by its prior owner who, upon the car ’ s completion, showed it at a number of major concours events in the United States. Riding on 35 by 5 inch whitewall tires, it is a large and impressive car, yet its roadster body and rumble seat gives it a distinctly sporting character. The Twin Six is finished in maroon with black accent and black fenders, the artillery wheels are yellow with a red pin stripe and the interior is upholstered in black leather to match the top, top boot and side curtains. The twelve-cylinder engine runs nicely, enabling the roadster to travel at speed with ease, which makes this Packard a great early car to tour or show. Over the past several years these post-1915 cars have begun to rise in popularity, as it is nearly impossible to find a twelve- cylinder Packard at such an attractive price. We thoroughly encourage close inspection of this wonderful Twin Six Packard.

Reference Number 11242

as of 7/14/2007

Car 1922 Packard Twin Six Roadster
VIN 24383 
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