1935 Packard 1207 Twelve Convertible Victoria

1935 Packard 1207 Twelve Convertible Victoria

 

VIN #                827 218

Body #             827 8123

Engine #          903620

 

Many consider the 1935 to 1939 Twelves to be the finest automobiles ever produced by the Packard Motor Car Company. Certainly it is true that they represented the end of an era; never again would Packard offer the exceptional quality of a handbuilt senior car.

For 1935 Packard introduced many changes which have made these cars among the most highly prized collector cars today. More horsepower and major improvements in suspension and steering made the ‘35 much easier and more comfortable to drive. All new bodies, introduced for the ‘35 model year, offered true envelope styling. For the first time the car was designed as a whole, with body, hood , fenders, and running boards integrated into a smoothly executed design which has for years been regarded as one of the most attractive bodies of the era.

The example offered here is a three owner car since new. Sold new in California and owned by the original owner until the late 1950s, at which point it was acquired by the second, and most recent owner. For about 40 years, once every year he took the car out, drove it for an hour or so, then returned it to his garage, put it up on blocks, drained the fluids, and removed the battery. Eventually, however, ill health prevented him from continuing this process and the car settled into a slumber in a storage building on the farm, and my client acquired the car from his estate, making him the third owner.

As a result, today, the car is what is often referred to as a barn find. It remains, however, in good mechanical condition, and successfully completed a 45 minute driving tour around the town where it is now stored.

The car has shiny paint and decent interior, and could be sorted and used as CARavan car. The car has a great look with extremely rare steel tonneau extension that is shaped to match the body, and is covered by the tonneau cover, giving the look of a very long wheelbase convertible coupe. I’ve been told that this was an accessory available at the time, although it is not clear whether it came from Packard or an external supplier.

Depending on your intended purpose, the car can be used virtually as is as a CARavan and tour car, aside from the top, which is currently being replaced and the irons being restored. Aside from that, if you wish, the appearance would benefit greatly from a proper engine bay detailing and a re-woodgraining of the dash and steering wheel. To make a great driver, that is all that is needed.

Of course, you could also carry out a comprehensive high point restoration. When done to that standard, these cars have been selling in the $500K – $700K range, depending on quality, colors, and appearance.

The car has excellent provenance with original data tag, original body tag, and correct engine, chassis, and axle numbers.