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1934 Packard Twelve 1107 Coupe Roadster

  • Believed to be 1 of fewer than 25 known examples
  • Judged a perfect 100 points at the Rocky Mountain Grand Classic
  • Displayed at the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
  • CCCA Senior Premier Award winner
  • A symbol of American automotive excellence

VIN: 73949

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Packard's Eleventh Series models of 1934 stand as enduring symbols of American automotive excellence during the Classic Era. Among them, the Twelve shines as the company's pinnacle offering, boasting the remarkable V-12 engine that made its debut in 1932 as a twin-six. Known for its exceptional refinement, quietness, and smooth performance, this modified L-head design displaced 445.5 cubic inches and delivered an impressive, for its time, 160 horsepower.

While this car's early history is not known, the new data tag applied during the restoration suggests it was first sold in Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 2, 1934. In the early 1980s, it was acquired as an incomplete project by the renowned restorer and Pennsylvania native Chris Charlton, celebrated for his victories at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and other prestigious events nationwide. After a decade of collecting the necessary parts and completing the chassis restoration, Charlton sold the project to the late and well-known enthusiast Phil Bray of Michigan. Bray subsequently entrusted the project to Lonnie Fallin of Colorado, a longtime CCCA member known for his Packard expertise and restoration prowess. Taking over two years, Mr. Fallin performed a meticulous restoration to bring the car to its current exceptional state.

The magnificent V-12 engine received expert attention from David Dunbar, who made subtle enhancements for improved touring reliability, including Arias pistons, moly rings, modern insert bearings, and other refinements. A Phil Hill 3.58:1 high-speed rear end was installed, enabling the car to cruise effortlessly at modern road speeds. Bodywork was masterfully handled by Stan Francis of Howard, Colorado, with assistance from Gene Irvine, who supplied new body wood. The final body preparation and paintwork were executed by the well-regarded Colorado shop Color on Wheels, while Auto Weave Upholstery completed the lush red interior. Factory photographs served as references to accurately recreate the pinstriping and stitch patterns, ensuring authenticity and precision throughout the restoration.

Upon completion, the car achieved Senior Premier status in CCCA National judging, including a perfect 100-point score at the 1994 Rocky Mountain Grand Classic. It also earned a class award at the Packard Experience in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Additionally, it found success in AACA competition, receiving the national Joseph Parkin Award as the finest Packard exhibited in its division. It continued to be well-maintained in superb condition and was, accordingly, exhibited at the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. In 2011, this magnificent automobile was purchased by the Academy of Art University Automobile Collection and was a prized possession in the collection until 2023.

The panels align beautifully and the interior, particularly the magnificent woodgrain trim, appears very well. The car presents with its AACA award badges from Mr. Fallin's ownership, and the CCCA badges remain affixed to the car. A small grouping of restoration photographs also accompanies this automobile.

Today, this Packard Twelve stands as an ideal candidate for concours competition or participation in prestigious touring events, including the CCCA's renowned long-distance CARavans, as it has been diligently cared for since its completion. It epitomizes the elegance of the Classic Era's twelve-cylinder Packards, meticulously restored and cared for by enthusiasts who share a deep appreciation for these remarkable automobiles. With its exceptional restoration, it not only upholds the storied Packard name but also embodies the aspirations of discerning collectors.

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