FORMERLY OWNED BY NOTED COLLECTOR, ZACK BRINKERHOFF
ONLY 7 12-CYLINDER EXAMPLES KNOWN TO EXIST
BEAUTIFULLY FINISHED IN MAROON WITH TAN TOP AND INTERIOR
ORIGINAL RADIO, HEATER AND MATCHING LUGGAGE TRUNK
CLASSIC ERA DESIGN AND ENGINEERING MASTERPIECE
CCCA FULL CLASSIC® RECOGNITION AND WIDE EVENT ELIGIBILITY
Introduced at the January 1932 New York Automobile Show, the Twin Six propelled Packard into the elite multi-cylinder race of the early 1930s against Cadillac and Marmon. While initially named in honor of Packards first 12-cylinder line of the WW I era, the new Packard was renamed simply Packard Twelve by 1933. A technical masterpiece, the Packard Twelve was celebrated from launch for its massive torque and nearly-silent operation. Careful development was applied throughout production, which continued through the Seventeenth Series of 1939, resulting in the Twelves everlasting reputation for excellence. Initially displacing 445 cubic inches and developing 160 factory-rated horsepower, the Twelve grew to 473 cubic inches by the Twelfth Series of 1935, with aluminum cylinder heads and power increased to 175 HP. Predictably, Packards range-topping Twelves featured some of the most elegant and luxurious custom coach built bodies ever devised; however, a select few like this example were equipped with sporting open bodies. A dwindling number of custom body builders applied their artistry to the majestic Packard Twelve chassis, including Murray under the Dietrich, Inc. label made famous by stylist Raymond Dietrich, including the fabulous example offered here.
This exceptionally handsome 1935 Packard Twelve Model 1207 2/4-Passenger Coupe Roadster is one of just 788 Packard Twelves built in all for the 1935 Twelfth Series. According to marque enthusiasts, it is one of as few as seven known remaining today with this body style. The former owner was Denver, Colorado-based Packard collector and CCCA member, Zack Brinkerhoff, who is understood to have purchased the car in California from a Pebble Beach Concours dElegance®
judge. A body-off restoration was completed in 2008 by Mark Clayton of Clayton Classics in Castlerock, Colorado, with the car elevated further there over a two-year timeframe following purchased by the current owner. Among the careful improvements made, the engines cylinder block was re-bored, and a new head gasket and rear-differential kit were installed. Cosmetic improvements included restoration of all chrome brightwork, new side windows were fitted, plus fine detail work including a new rubber step and a new chrome latch behind the passenger seat for rumble-seat access, restoration of the clock and very rare radio, installation of new windshield-wiper blades and a new gearshift knob, refinishing of the inside A-pillars to match the dashboard, and the addition of a Packard emblem below the radiator, plus restoration of the cloisonn Packard badge on the luggage rack and refinishing of the Packard luggage trunk to match the body.
The current owner reports that since purchase and completion, this handsome Packard Twelve has been exhibited at the Indianapolis 500 car show, where it was awarded Second in Class. On the day before the show, it was driven by the current owner and his dad on the world-famous Indianapolis track for two laps, with the Packard photographed there. As expected, this very rare and beautiful vehicle is recognized as one of the best Packards in the Chicago area. It has been shown at Packard Club events and in local events, including the Lake Forest Concours dElegance, where it won the Peoples Choice Award. Beautifully restored in a great color combination, this Packard Twelve is complemented by a properly fitted convertible top with contrasting maroon piping and desirable accessories including twin amber fog lamps, dual side mounted spare tires, chrome wire wheels, white sidewall tires and the aforementioned clock and rare restored radio. As a CCCA Full Classic®
automobile, this exceedingly rare and highly detailed 1935 Packard Twelve 1207 2/4-Passenger Coupe Roadster is eligible for any worthy concours, show, or touring event the next owner should choose to enter. Call us today for more details on this Classic Era design and engineering masterpiece and make it your own before its gone!