While sales of custom-bodied cars had dwindled by the late 30s, Packard continued to offer select buyers the option of coachbuilt bodywork on the V12 chassis right up to the end. Foremost among these was the luxurious and distinctive Touring Cabriolet by Brunn & Company of New York. Distinguished by its rear landaulet-style opening roof and distinct “Neutralite” skylights above the windshield, this elegant design was first offered in 1938. Like other Brunn bodies, it had superb quality and craftsmanship, but that quality came at a cost, and at $8,355, it was the most expensive factory-offered Packard Twelve ever built. Records show that Brunn produced approximately twenty between 1937 and 1939, and they hold the distinction of being among the last great “Catalog Customs” to be sold by Packard, as 1939 was the final year for the flagship V12.
This example is believed to have been delivered through Packard’s “dealer to the stars,” Earle C. Anthony, whose Los Angeles dealership sold more new Packards than any other in the world. Reportedly, Anthony sold this particular car to Ray Noble, a successful English bandleader, and composer. He enjoyed a successful run with his band at New York City’s famed Rainbow Room before relocating once again to Los Angeles and moving into film work. While Noble’s ownership of this Packard has never been proven, his name has long been linked with the car, and it seemed a fitting choice for the glamorous life of Hollywood in the late 30s.
More recently, the Packard was owned for many years by the late enthusiast Sam DelRusso Sr. of Connecticut and was acquired from his estate by Robert Castignetti of Massachusetts. Richard and Linda Kughn purchased the car sometime later, and they maintained it in their extensive collection for many years. As offered today, it is in remarkably well-preserved condition with a high level of originality. Finished in black with tan accents and a fabric roof, it an impressive machine with a real presence. The opulent cabin features correct tan broadcloth, varnished walnut accents, and plenty of luxury fittings. As the most expensive offering in Packard’s catalog by a considerable margin, it comes as little surprise that just two Style # 4086 Touring Cabriolets were built in 1939 and quietly ushering the end of the V12 Packard era.
Offering power and prestige in abundance, this marvelous Brunn-bodied Packard is ideal for CCCA CARavan events and is sure to delight enthusiasts with its remarkable originality and impeccable style.
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