1934 PACKARD TWELVE COUPE
The Packard 11th series debuted in late 1933 for the 1934 model year and was an evolution of the outgoing 10th series. New fenders and other stylistic refinements gave it a fuller, more elegant appearance, which many today’s enthusiasts consider is the quintessential Classic Era design. The Twelve returned as the flagship model, with a wide array of coachwork and wheelbase options to ensure exclusivity and customizable options. Unlike Cadillac’s overhead-valve V16 and V12 engines, Packard did not push any particular technological boundaries, instead electing to work toward ultimate refinement and quality. The glorious V12 engine was all about turbine-smooth delivery of its 160 horsepower, paired with superb steering and ride quality to make it a favorite with owner/drivers. Performance is a strong suit, but in reality, the 11th Series V12 is a machine built for effortless progress in superlative style. A standout among its peers, few automobiles of the era could touch the Packard Twelve for its effortless performance, high quality, and striking presence.
It is with great pleasure that we offer this 1934 Packard 1107 Coupe. This is one of just 435 twelve-cylinder cars built in the eleventh series, and the gorgeous coupe coachwork is among the rarest of the catalog body styles. The fixed-roof coupe is a magnificent representation of the 11th series, and while the design is officially a factory effort, the great Dietrich, Inc. had considerable influence on its shape. Very few coupes survived the years unscathed as, unfortunately, many were sacrificed for conversion into roadsters. This magnificent example is a rare survivor and was delivered new to a buyer from Toronto, Ontario. While the early history is not documented, the coupe survived intact and eventually came into the hands of noted Packard collector and marque expert. In the early 2000s, he entrusted marque experts Stone Barn Automobile Restoration of Vienna, New Jersey, to perform a ground-up, nut-and-bolt restoration for high-level concours competition. The comprehensive project left no bolt unturned, and the results are simply breathtaking. The paint, chrome, engine bay, and undercarriage are all magnificently prepared, and every detail has been tended to with faultless precision. The massive effort paid off with a 2nd place award in the highly competitive Class C-3 at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Shortly after its debut success on the eighteenth fairway at Pebble, it traded hands to a private collector, and it has been beautifully maintained since then.
Finished in a magnificent color combination of deep blue over sumptuous caramel brown leather, this Packard is a genuinely breathtaking automobile. Minimal adornment allows the styling to speak for itself, with understated accessories including dual side-mount spares, chrome trumpet horns, chrome wire wheels, and whitewall tires which add a perfect dash of brilliance to the understated livery. The same quality and attention to detail abound in the gorgeous leather trim, properly restored instruments, switchgear, and lovely woodwork inside the cabin. Like the exterior, the interior fittings are superbly refinished and presented in superb condition. As the Pebble Beach award reflects, the fit and finish are virtually flawless, with chrome plating, panel fit, upholstery, and detailing that are beyond reproach.
With all of its cosmetic beauty, where this Packard truly shines is out on the road. It is one of the finest driving examples of the type we’ve encountered, feeling as we imagine it did the day it rolled out of the showroom in 1934. From behind the wheel, you revel in its precise gearchange, beautifully weighted steering, and outstanding ride quality – all with nary a squeak or rattle. It is an absolute joy to drive, with power, refinement, and precision that belie its almost ninety years.
Maintained in top form since its restoration, this glorious Packard is still a worthy centerpiece to virtually any collection. It offers style and substance in abundance and is a serious contender for top honors in a wide range of shows and concours events, yet it is entirely capable of many miles of joyful motoring.
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