1934 Packard Twelve 1107 Phaeton (1934)

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1934 Packard Twelve 1107 Phaeton
CHASSIS NO: 731-11
• One of only five produced; Original data tag
• Ordered with an array of optional accessories
• Restored by Fran Roxas and recently freshened by Stone Barn Restorations
• Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best in Class winner
• CCCA Primary, Senior and Premier (#1673), First Place, 100 points multiple times
• Outstanding provenance; well-documented; just 20,700 original miles
• A pinnacle of the Classic Era with outstanding design
• Notably used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for a Chicago parade
445 cid V-12 engine, 160 HP, Stromberg carburetor, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, Hypoid rear axle and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes with vacuum assist; wheelbase: 148"

Despite severe losses in sales and revenue in the early 1930s, Packard continued with its tradition of continual development and refinements for their products. August 1933 saw the introduction of the new 11th series Packard which included the Eight, Super Eight and mighty Twelve. Despite noted improvements in performance, handling and passenger comfort, sales were still disappointing as the Depression continued with a stranglehold on the luxury car market in America. Packard had reintroduced V-12 motoring to its lineup with the new side-valve configuration in 1932. Even with the Depression at its deepest, this new engine was considered a mechanical marvel and even today is considered by many to be the smoothest running V-12 ever produced. Owners have been known to balance a nickel on its edge with the engine running as a demonstration to the total lack of vibrations. Numbers vary on the actual production figures for Series 1107 and 1108 body styles; however, it is thought that as few as five of these elegant Phaetons were produced throughout the model run. Each of these spacious open cars were handcrafted with old-world skills and talents making them truly an outstanding work of art and motion.
The car we are proud to offer was built in early 1934 and records show that No. 731-11 was the second example of this body style produced. Known ownership history begins when it was ordered new by Albert Harris, a financier, sportsman, philanthropist, and banker from Chicago. Within a couple years, the second owner, President of First National Bank of Chicago, Edward Eagle-Brown purchased the Phaeton who retained this elegant Packard as his “summer car”, using it lightly until the early 1950s when it was sold to Clint Youle, a common face to most Chicagoans of the day, as he was the first weather forecaster on WNBQ-TV. In 1973, the Packard traded hands to Bill Buddig, a noted marque enthusiast, who preserved the car’s originality until letting his close friend, the legendary Fran Roxas, restore this phaeton in the early 1990s. Due to the outstanding originality and low mileage of the car when Roxas received it, bringing this Packard back to its original appearance inside and out was a relatively simple job. In a recent interview with long time CCCA and Pebble Beach Concours judge and collector Bob Joynt, he stated, "I have known this car for a very long time. When the car went to Fran Roxas for restoration it was easily a 90-point car then and really didn't even need to be restored." With the restoration completed, this beautiful Packard was judged by the Classic Car Club of America where it scored high points and received its Senior Premier badge. When shown in 1991 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in a special Open Classics division, it was awarded Best in Class honors. Mr. Buddig kept the Packard until his passing in the late 1990s and from his estate the car was sold to Bill Jacobs who owned, treasured and on occasion would show this stunning phaeton until his passing. The next owner and long time Packard collector, Dave Kane of New Jersey made the determination to send the car to Stone Barn Restorations for freshening allowing for continued 100-point condition. Kane noted, "When I dropped the car off at Stone Barn, Richie (Rich Fass) and his brother Tim walked around the car for a while then looked up at me and Richie said, 'this is really a great car and that last restoration was very good,' and they confirmed what I had thought all along. You know it's a great car when one restorer compliments another's work. That doesn't happen very often." Proof of its quality and importance was further proven while exhibited on the show field as it returned again to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2019. This Packard was quite prominent around the Chicago area and remembered by many. Of special note was of it carrying then President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a Chicago parade. Automobiles that have been cared for by limited, careful owners over the years are typically the most desirable and that is certainly the case with this example. Interestingly, this Packard has many unique stories including one which saw a dedicated collector, Ray Catina finding a long-thought lost key for the car while assisting in a garage clean out and delivering it to the newest owner of the car. When Dave Kane dropped the car off at Stone Barn, Tim Fass tried to use the key to move the car but it wouldn't work. After some discussion with Richie it was determined that the key was for a rear compartment. Upon opening that compartment an envelope was found. Inside the envelope were all the original keys and the original data tag. A great discovery, indeed.
This elegant phaeton is fitted with all the right equipment including its dual enclosed side-mount spare tires with the rearview mirrors correctly mounted atop each of them, a factory Packard folding luggage rack, side curtains and a fresh-air heater for chilly drives, plus the dash-mounted accessory radio complemented by Packards standard “feathered bail” radiator cap. It is also fitted with the Packard-Hartford tonneau rear windshield that can be lowered when desired - the only 1107 so equipped, a Pilot-Ray headlamp that helps one see around corners during nighttime drives plus a safety strap that ensures against damage when opening the hood for maintenance of exhibition. Most importantly and possibly the best feature of the car, is the aforementioned original data plate that comes with the purchase. Of note, while the elegance and condition of the car are easily evident, the mechanics and driveability are equally impressive. A recent drive found the car to run smoothly and with the expected ample power and provides the coveted driving experience only found from a dialed-in Packard Twelve.
The rarity, importance and collectibility of a genuine Packard Twelve 1107 Phaeton cannot be overstated. Just a handful were produced with fewer still remaining. This sought-after '34 has been a known car from new and judged by the most knowledgable Packard aficionados, both verifying its authenticity and spectacular condition. Constant and consistent attention, both cosmetically and mechanically, including its 20,700 miles on the odometer, verified by ownership through the years, makes this arguably the finest example of its kind available. A seldom seen opportunity to acquire a historic Packard Twelve Phaeton, ready for entry in prestigious judged events of the finest automobiles or exclusive tours, this Packard will make its new owner justifiably proud. As an advertisement of the day stated, “Now is the time to own the Packard you’ve always wanted.”

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  • Mileage: 20,710
  • Year: 1934
  • Doors: 4
  • Body type: Other
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Colour: Green

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