1917 Packard Twin Six 2-35 All-Weather LandauletSOLD

Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions on August 20 and 21, 2011. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960. Engine Specifications: 424 CID L-Head 60o V-12 Engine Single Packard Pressure-Fed Carburetor 88 BHP at 2,600 RPM 3-Speed Selective Sliding Gearbox 2-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes Live Axles Front and Rear with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs About this Car: Introduced in May 1915, the Twin Six was Packard?s engineering tour de force that placed the marque firmly in the top tier of American luxury cars. Preceding models had gained wide acceptance and respect by the motoring public, but this new V-12 lifted Packard prestige to an unprecedented level. From its introduction in 1915 to mid-1923, Packard?s Twin Six was the flagship model for the company, after which it was superseded by the first of the famed straight eights. The Twin Six also provided the basis for the successful Liberty V-12 aircraft engine that powered many Allied planes during WWI, and also provided the power for several record-breaking land speed and Indy 500 entrants during that period. The history of this exclusive Twin Six Model 2-35 Landaulet can be traced back to 1928, when it was the property of Henry Branford Lewis, a resident of Andover, Massachusetts. Born in 1868, Mr. Lewis developed a considerable fortune from scouring local mills. In 1897, he built The Lincolnshire ? a remarkable Queen Anne mansion renowned for its incredible cost and whimsical furnishings ? and it was only fitting that a man of such means and tastes would own a Packard Twin Six fitted with ornate formal coachwork. On May 29, 1948, Mr. Lewis finally parted with the venerable Packard, selling the car to Roderic M. Blood, noted Packard enthusiast and former president of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America. After Mr. Blood passed away in 1966, the stately antique appeared for sale at auction and caught the eye of wealthy New Jersey industrialist George Tilp. Mr. Tilp had a great love for sports cars, as well as the financial resources to acquire the finest Ferraris and Aston Martins of the early 1950s. An accomplished amateur driver himself, he was also instrumental in nurturing the career of renowned American driver Phil Hill of Santa Monica, California. Over the years, Mr. Tilp gave Phil Hill the opportunity for more drives than any other privateer owner. His support allowed Mr. Hill to develop his driving talents and eventually become a Ferrari factory team driver. Mr. Tilp embarked on a complete restoration of the very original Packard although, by the late-1960s, the cost associated with the process was becoming excessive. At that stage, Mr. Tilp decided to sell the car to his longtime associate Phil Hill, who completed the finishing touches. In February 1977, Mr. Hill displayed his prized Twin Six at the annual Membership Meet of Packards International Motor Car Club in Anaheim, California. A report of the event was eventually published in the News Counselor that described the arrival of the imposing Landaulet. ?The first glimpse of Phil Hill?s 1917 Twin Six All-Weather Landaulet caused the viewer to believe full well that such an automobile traveling along with freeway traffic must be on a trailer. The second stare really brought disbelief at such a sight. Was this really a two-story automobile? The onlookers had to get a close look at an automobile that old and tall which could move along with traffic with such ease. This sight caused many comments and stirred many feelings among people who could remember when the Packard automobile was an everyday sight.? Over the years, the Twin Six has remained in Phil Hill?s private collection, sharing space with a fine assortment of antique and classic automobiles. Although its appreciative owner always kept the motorcar in fine cosmetic and mechanical condition, the Packard has recently been serviced and detailed to ensure that it is in first-rate order inside and out. Those in search of a Nickel Era automobile could scarcely do better than Phil Hill?s remarkable Packard. Not only does this car possess an impressive provenance, a noble stature and a beautifully maintained high-quality restoration, its appearance at auction represents a rare opportunity to acquire a marvelous Twin Six that has spent the last 40 years with a great devotee of this legendary American marque.

Reference Number 129963

as of 12/24/2011

Car 1917 Packard Twin Six 2-35 All-Weather Landaulet
Exterior / Interior Color      Blue /      Black 
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From the Estate of Phil Hill

Formerly the Property of Rod Blood and George Tilp