In a lineup that included some of the largest, most luxurious automobiles built, the most expensive cataloged Packard for 1939 was this 1708 Twelve Convertible Sedan. Elaborately styled and comprehensively equipped, it was the ultimate open Packard in the last year for Packard's famously silent, smooth and powerful V12 engine. This wonderful 5-passenger example is equipped with a divider window, dual enclosed side-mounts, luggage rack, steel wheels, hubcaps and trim rings. It was recently discovered in a California collection where it had been carefully dry-stored since the 1970s. Aside from the dry, torn old interior it looks like a twenty-year old used car discovered in an estate's garage. Its 1951 California black plate hints at the last time it was used, and its Earl Anthony original dealership plaque attests to its long California history. The paint is original. The body is straight and sound. There are dents and dings but nothing remotely resembling significant damage. It is the perfect candidate for a restoration and when completed it will be one of the most desirable, rare and sophisticated automobiles on any Concours lawn. Packard built only 446 Twelves in 1939, the last year of production. Some sources say only twenty were convertible sedans, a nearly impossibly rare and distinctive automobile of the highest quality and performance. It is unlikely that an opportunity like this will ever reoccur.
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