1936 Packard Twelve Series 1407 Coupe Roadster

Design by Dietrich, Inc.

Packard always danced to its own tune, embodying a spirit of fierce independence and unwavering determination. Many regard Packard vehicles as some of the greatest in American automotive history. In the midst of the mid-30s, a period when competitors like Pierce-Arrow faced financial challenges, Packard not only weathered the economic depression but also did so with a healthy financial standing. Anticipating significant shifts in 1937, Packard refreshed its lineup with a unique resilience.

Unveiled on August 10th, 1935, the Fourteenth Series represented an evolutionary step from the Twelfth Series (bypassing a Thirteenth Series). This release marked the conclusion of several classic features, including 17″ wire wheels, rear-hinged doors, ride control shocks, Bijur chassis lubrication, and a solid axle front end. The substantial 385 cubic-inch engine reached its final year, and the remarkable 175hp L-head V-12 was not far behind. Packard’s styling underwent a transformation, embracing streamlined trends by tilting the radiator back an additional five degrees and incorporating bullet headlamps mounted to curvaceous, fully skirted fenders.

Endowed with glamorous aesthetics, a “last of the line” allure, exceptional quality, and the exclusive charm characteristic of Packard, the Fourteenth Series emerged as one of the most coveted American automobiles of the Classic Era.

Source: Bonhams Cars