For Sale: 1933 Packard Twelve in Saint Louis, Missouri

Vehicle Description

Undoubtedly one of the most spectacular Packards of the Classic Era, LeBaron's Individual Custom Sport Phaeton is a stunning automobile that epitomizes the glitz and glamour of the period. Offered solely on the Eleventh Series Twelve chassis to a select handful of discerning clients, these magnificent cars featured striking streamlined styling with fully skirted front fenders, fully enclosed rear fenders, streamlined running boards, and an elaborate folding top that disappeared into the body. It was part of a series of distinctly sporting designs by Packard styling director Edward Macauley, which included an aerodynamic fastback coupe and a boattail speedster. Along with the others, the construction of the Sport Phaeton was carried out by LeBaron's custom shop in Detroit. It is believed that LeBaron built only five original examples of the 1108 Twelve Individual Custom Sport Phaeton. One was shipped to Europe, where it was destroyed during World War II, and the remaining four survivors are part of long-term private or museum collections from which they are unlikely to emerge soon, with values likely firmly in the seven figures. Renowned restorer Fran Roxas, famous for producing numerous Pebble Beach and CCCA award-winners, was a long-time admirer of the LeBaron Sport Phaeton. In the 1980s, he took it upon himself to build a limited run of Sport Phaeton recreations using existing period Packard Twelve chassis and running gear. With Roxas's typical attention to detail, these cars were painstakingly fabricated and exquisitely finished to the same standards of craftsmanship as in 1934. They provide a delightful and affordable alternative to the "real thing," with the same driving quality and spectacular styling. The car shown here is believed to be the fourth Sport Phaeton built by Mr. Roxas and uses a 1933 1006 Twelve chassis and engine as its basis. This drivetrain is virtually identical to that of the 1934 1108, and Mr. Roxas used correct 1108 styling cues to accurately reproduce the original Sport Phaeton's design. The hand-fabricated body is built using the same coachbuilding techniques as LeBaron would have used in the 30s, utilizing a wooden frame skinned with steel. Custom fittings and hardware needed to be made to suit the unique features, including the folding rear windscreen, rear cowl, and complex disappearing roof. Roxas selected a lovely deep mink silver color for this car, with a perfectly complementing dark green-gray leather interior and charcoal canvas top. Conical wheel covers and wide whitewall tires complete the svelte, streamlined package. Mr. Roxas maintained this Packard as his personal car until selling it in late 2000 to a noted collector of Classic Era automobiles. It was exceptionally well-maintained in their stable for approximately fifteen years, during which time it made occasional concours appearances. Most notable among those was in 2002, when it even appeared in the European and American New Coachwork class at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, performing beautifully on the Tour d'Elegance and achieving a coveted Best in Class Award. In 2015, it was acquired by another noted collector, and it remained in his care until recently. Having changed hands once more, it continues to show exceptionally well today, with outstanding fit, finish quality and detail. It is also in superb mechanical condition, with the finely detailed V12 engine delivering seamless power with turbine-like refinement. The LeBaron-bodied Individual Custom Packard Twelves are oft considered the pinnacle of the marque and are highly coveted by the lucky few with the means to own one. For those who desire the same experience at a very attractive price point, this car, virtually identical to an original in its every detail, is a most splendid alternative. Offers welcome, and trades considered For additional details please view this listing directly on our website

Vehicle Details

  • 1933 Packard Twelve
  • Listing ID: CC-1676270
  • Price: $595,000
  • Location:Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1933
  • Make:Packard
  • Model:Twelve
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:7446
  • VIN:901473
Listed By:
Hyman Ltd. Classic Cars
2310 Chaffee Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63146

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