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For Sale: 1939 Packard Twelve in St. Louis, Missouri

Vehicle Description

Wonderful condition with lots of originality

Only 34,701 actual miles!

Known history from new

Purchased new by Colonel Robert McCormick; owner of the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Cubs

Rare & desirable 1939 Packard Model 1708 Twelve Convertible Sedan

One of less than twelve known to exist

One of only 446 Packard Twelves built

The most expensive production Packard for 1939!

Previous collector ownership

473ci 175hp V12 engine

Stunning color combination with largely original paint!

CCCA full classic; eligible for all events and caravans


Options Include:

Leather Seats
Dual Side Mount Spares
Chrome Grille, Headlight And Tail Light Housings
Three Speed Column Shift Transmission
Deluxe Steering Wheel
Lalique Tete d’Aigle Eagle Head Hood Ornament (Original Cormorant Included)
Trippe Safety Speed Lights
Front Bumper Guard
Rear Bumper Trunk Rack With Folding Trunk Feature
Roll Up Partition Window
Packard AM Radio
Whitewall Tires
Wheel Trim Rings


Includes owner’s manuals previous registrations

Performs wonderfully

One of the most original and low mileage 1939 Packard Twelves in existence

A collector’s dream

The 1939 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan featured here is finished in stunning Tavern Green with Balfour Green fenders over a dark brown interior and beige folding convertible top. This outstanding example was sold new by Hon Smithson & Raymond in Chicago, Illinois, to Colonel Robert R. McCormick; owner of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Tribune. Rumor has it that McCormick’s rule was that his driver had to get him from downtown Chicago to his home in Wheaton, Illinois in 45 minutes or less – a task that the Packard Twelve was more than capable of! A Packard that has appealed to more than one collector owner in its time, this Twelve Convertible Sedan presents wonderfully, showcasing some patina on its original paint and chrome and only displaying 34,701 actual miles. In 2011, Packard specialist Dave Mitchell performed a through mechanical servicing and the car was tastefully equipped with high speed gears and overdrive. The model 1708 Packard is considered a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America and would be a welcome entry in a CCCA tour or concours event. With incredible provenance, low mileage and outstanding originality, we are confident that this Convertible Sedan is one of the best examples that can be found on the market today. We are proud to offer this exceptional 1939 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan to the most astute collector or investor who appreciates originality and low mileage classic motorcars. Ready to make an investment that you can actually enjoy? Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013, 16% in 2014 and 17% in 2015 while posting gains of 467% over the last 10 years. Please contact John Sherman, one of our expert sales consultants, at (314) 291-7000 or johns@schmitt.com for more information. He will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description and answer any questions you may have. Buy with confidence.

Trades welcome! Financing available! Please visit www.schmitt.com to view our full inventory.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1186304
  • Price:$199,900
  • Location:St. Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1939
  • Make:Packard
  • Model:Twelve
  • Exterior Color:Green
  • Interior Color:Brown
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Engine Size:V-12
  • Odometer:34701
  • Stock Number:407133JS
  • Trim Level:Convertible Sedan
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Seat Material:Leather
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive