1939 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria SOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $160,000 - $180,000

$165,000 Sold

Model 1707. 175hp, 473.3 cu. in., V12-cylinder engine, three-speed selective synchromesh transmission, heavy- duty springs and shocks, four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 134"

The 39th annual National Automobile Show at the Grand Central Palace in New York City was held in November 1938 and, according to observers, was overflowing with attendees. There were approximately 200 cars and chassis on display, as well as fifty other automotive exhibits.

1939 was Packard ’ s 40th anniversary and being the most respected automotive manufacturer in the business, their presence was felt. Packard ’ s president Alvan Macauley was referred to throughout the automotive world as the “ gentleman of the industry. ”

For Packard, 1939 was seen as a transitional year with few visual changes taking place. The V12 models came in either 134 or 139-inch wheelbases and were the only Packards that could be ordered with custom coachwork.

Although seen on its lower priced lines, the column shift was made a $240.00 option that year on its prestigious V12 models. All the 1939 V12 Packard models were built only on a per-order basis. This made these wood and steel bodied models virtually a semi-custom order as there were no showroom V12 models built in 1939.

The 1939 Packard Twelve Model 1707 Convertible Victoria presented here has a very presentable older restoration bearing only a slight patina. The black paintwork remains in very good condition as does the contrasting red leather interior and white cloth top on this rare V12 Packard.

Mechanically, the Convertible Victoria is smooth running and by virtue of its high rear-end gear ratio, it is capable of reaching an impressive 100mph top speed.

Notable features on this exquisite Packard Convertible Victoria include the column shift option, dual side-mounted mirrors, radio, heater, defroster, clock, burled walnut instrument panel, cigarette lighter, driving lights, trim rings, luggage rack and a Lalique crystal hood ornament.

Although the odometer reading states 36,000 miles the current owner feels the true mileage would be closer to 46,000, possibly from new. The discrepancy resulted when the speedometer was repaired in the past.

Adding to the cachet of this Convertible Victoria is its CCCA Senior number 841 status and a showing at Pebble Beach. The Convertible Victoria was also featured in the celebrated book “ The Classic Car ” , published by the CCCA and noted specialist Beverly Rae Kimes. As well, this Packard was selected to lead the parade into the stadium for the Vintage International Antique Auto Show and Concours d'Elegance at the 1986 World ’ s Fair held in Vancouver, Canada. A video recording of this historic event awaits the new owner in the Packard ’ s glove box.

Although Packard production reached 46,405 units in 1939, a mere 466 of the V12 Packards were delivered before Packard dropped its V12 passenger cars at the end of the year. Of these final few, only three 1939 Packard Model 1707 Convertible Victorias are known to still exist today and are listed in the CCCA and Packard directory.

The death of the Packard V12 signaled the end of the company ’ s longstanding leadership within the automotive industry as America ’ s luxury car builder. Both rare and beautiful, a 1939 Packard such as the V12 offered here seldom comes up for auction. In very respectable overall condition, and boasting the highly desirable Convertible Victoria body style, this Packard will surely become a cherished constituent of its next enthusiastic owner ’ s collection.

Reference Number 5766

as of 1/9/2007

Car 1939 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria
VIN B602466 
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