As America’s luxury automobile manufacturers entered the cylinder wars of the early 1930s, Packard countered in 1932 with a new twelve-cylinder automobile that revamped the Twin Six model name last seen in the early 1920s. Designed like its predecessor to be the smoothest, most quiet powerplant on the market, the L-head, 473 cubic inch displacement design emphasized abundant torque and nearly imperceptible power impulses from the firing of the twelve cylinders. After its introduction in January of 1932, only a little more than 500 Twin Sixes were built before the model was renamed the Twelve for 1933.
Of the almost two dozen body styles offered on the Twelve, one of the very prettiest was the Convertible Victoria, a two-door, four-seat all-weather convertible with blind rear quarters. It is still one of the most attractive examples of American coachwork, a superbly balanced, elegant and refined design that gracefully complements Packard’s raked, vee radiator and simple, understated use of chrome.
This particularly beautiful Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria dates from 1937, by which time the Twelve had gained hydraulic brakes and a vacuum-assisted clutch. One of just 1,300 Twelves built in 1937 and one of only a handful of Convertible Victorias known to exist, this car is finished in cream with a black coachline and has an inviting brown leather interior and black cloth convertible top. It also features dual sidemount spares, body color steel wheels, wide whitewall tires, back-up light, luggage rack, flying cormorant radiator mascot, Trippe lights, heater and Packard radio with antenna. This ground-up restored classic Packard presents beautifully and the interior in particular is fantastic and fresh. The chrome is gorgeous as well, and both the engine bay and trunk are highly detailed. A highly desirable twelve-cylinder Packard in a rare and gorgeous body style that is finished in attractive colors, it is ideal for the quiet, relaxing, open-air motoring that can only be found in the driver’s seat of an automobile such as this.