In 1932 Packard fitted a 7.3 liters V-12 engine on the DeLuxe Eight chassis usually equipped with an 8-cylinder in-line engine. Originally named Twin Six, the new model becomes the Packard Twelve in 1933. It is a great success despite its fuel consumption over 25 liters per 100 Km : 5,800 Packard Twelve are produced between 1933 and 1939.
A few top luxury cars are bodied by LeBaron or Dietrich. Dietrich realizes small series around a dozen units whose finish is made when he receives the order from the client, allowing to incorporate some ultimate custom variants.
The Victoria convertible is offered by Dietrich from 1932 to 1934. Four examples survived on the 1934 Eleventh Series Packard Twelve chassis. The best are favorites in the Concours d'Elegance. One of these cars passed at RM Auctions on March 10, 2012 after being Best in Class winner at the 2011 Concours d'Elegance of America.
Another car is in great condition, having retained its original chassis, engine and much bodywork despite its ancient use as a taxi cab in Puerto Rico. Carefully restored by RM Auto Restoration with 14,000 hours of craftsmanship, it was crowned in 2013 Best of Show of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in a cloud of confetti. This supreme consecration was confirmed in 2016 by the Best of Show in St. John's and a Best in Class at Amelia Island.
This champion is estimated $ 4.5M for sale by RM Sotheby's in Monterey on August 24, lot 131.
SOLD for $ 3.75M including premium