1939 Packard Twelve 2/4-Passenger Coupe

Sold For $103,600

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - AMELIA ISLAND 6 - 7 MARCH 2020

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  • One of nine examples believed to survive
  • Formerly owned by television star Ken Kercheval
  • Nicely presented and ready for touring
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic

Packard’s legendary twelve-cylinder cars are among the most respected of all pre-war American Classics. From 1916–23, the “Twin Six” established Packard’s leadership in the luxury automobile market, and after a hiatus for the model, a new twelve-cylinder Packard returned in 1932, joining Cadillac and Lincoln in the multi-cylinder race. For seven years the Twelve powered the largest, most powerful machines offered by Packard before finally succumbing to the Depression-era consumer slump. Even those of means sought smaller, more cost-effective options; the expensive Twelve was dropped in 1939. Only 446 examples left Detroit in the final year.

For 1939 no fewer than 14 body styles were offered in the factory catalogue, and the chassis offered in two wheelbase lengths, the 1707 and 1708, with wheelbases of 134 inches and 139 inches, respectively. Vacuum-assisted brakes and even a vacuum-assisted clutch made for easy, light operation. So, while the Packard Twelve offered here is a big, grand car in the very finest of tastes, it is surprisingly pleasant and very enjoyable to drive.

One of only nine known extant 1939 17th Series Packard Twelve coupes, this example is a 1238 body style built on the 1707 chassis. It is said to have formerly been owned by actor Ken Kercheval, best known for his work on television’s Dallas. Its features include the traditional golf-club compartment, rumble seat with correct leather armrests, a full set of personalized luggage in the accessory rear trunk, rare radio antenna hood mascot, dual side-mount spare tires, newer wide whitewalls, and numerous other elegant touches. It is said to be an absolute joy to drive, with excellent acceleration and cornering abilities given its size and age. An ideal vehicle for CCCA, AACA, or Packard Club tours and events, this exceptional and rare Packard Twelve coupe is a true must-own for any Packard aficionado.

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