Mar. 8th 2012 – Auto of the day – Auto #3
1932 Packard Twin Six Model 905 Sport Phaeton
Engine No. 900363
Packard Vehicle No. 581 15
- The First Year of the Classic 12-Cylinder Packard
- Beautifully Maintained 100-Point Restoration by Fran Roxas
- Elegant Appearance in Period Color Scheme
- Distinctive Rear-Mounted Spare Configuration
- CCCA Junior, Senior and Premier Award Winner
- First in Class at the Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance
- Class Winner and Most Elegant Car at Pebble Beach
- 445.5 CID L-Head 67° V-12 Engine
- Single Stromberg Dual-Downdraft Carburetor
- 160 BHP at 3,200 RPM
- 3-Speed Manual Gearbox
- 4-Wheel Vacuum-Assisted Mechanical Drum Brakes
- Front Beam Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Hydraulic Lever Shock Absorbers
- Rear Live Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Hydraulic Lever Shock Absorbers
Of the many fine automobiles produced by the Packard Motor Car Company, few possess the grace and sporting elegance found in the incomparable Twin Six of 1932.
Of the 549 Twin Six chassis produced for 1932, very few were originally outfitted with the expensive Sport Phaeton body. The Twin Six presented here was originally bodied as a sedan; however, when it was discovered with the McGowan brothers of Branford, Connecticut, a genuine Sport Phaeton body was sourced and united with the chassis.
In 1993, noted collector John McCullen purchased the rare Twin Six and, when the Packard arrived in his shop, it was very solid, largely complete and original.
Shortly after, Mr. McMullen commissioned well-known Chicago restorer Fran Roxas to begin a comprehensive, show-quality restoration. Once the process had begun, the body was discovered to be remarkably healthy, with an excellent wood skeleton and minor corrosion issues.
With the body prepared, the decision was made to refinish the elegant coachwork in one of the Packard factory’s original 1932 colors, Aztec Olive, complete with the correct double pinstripe. To complement the tasteful paintwork, the interior was upholstered in light tan leather with a matching canvas top and spare cover. As would be expected of a Fran Roxas restoration, every aspect of the Packard was addressed and the entire restoration was performed to the highest possible standards.
In addition to the classic whitewall tires, the Packard was outfitted with a center-mounted Pilot Ray driving light, twin spotlights, and a single rear-mounted spare – an unusual distinction for this Sport Phaeton. While the twin side mounts are more prevalent, the single rear- mounted spare allows the long flowing lines of the car to stand out. This feature visually lengthens the car and gives the rear section a lighter, more sporting appearance.
Following its meticulous restoration, this classic Packard garnered a long list of prestigious concours awards that verify the authentic restoration work, outstanding presentation and timeless beauty.
Perhaps the most impressive of its many honors came at the 1993 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In that arena, this remarkable classic earned Best in Class honors as well as the coveted Most Elegant Car award. These awards speak volumes for the overall presentation and striking presence of this Sport Phaeton.
At CCCA meets, this car consistently scored a perfect 100 points and received its Junior, Senior and Premier badges. Beyond these honors, the Sport Phaeton received Best in Class awards at Meadowbrook, EyesOn Design and Willistead Classic Concours d’Elegance.
Those interested in further displaying this superb Sport Phaeton will be interested to know that, in the care of its current owner, a connoisseur of the great American Classics, the car has been meticulously maintained. During his ownership, it has not been shown in judged concours and has yet to compete for either AACA or Packards International Motor Car Club awards.
Given the impressive engineering, elegant fender line and distinguishing first-year appeal of these motorcars, many connoisseurs regard the 1932 Sport Phaeton as the pinnacle of Packard production. Notably, only a handful of the surviving Model 905s have been restored to the impeccable standards of this exquisite classic Packard.
In light of its glamorous appearance, rarely seen features and impressive concours pedigree, this distinctive Twin Six should hold great appeal for the most discriminating collector who demands only the finest pre-war automobiles.
Description courtesy of Goodings
Price: Unknown, but in the Millions
Value: US$1.5 million ++++
Comment: A big Packard, Rarity, beauty, and a proven winner, buy it and DRIVE IT