Crevier Classic Cars is pleased to offer from our collection, our 1936 Packard Twelve Model 1407 Opera Coupe. 1 of just 10 built.
The Packard Twelve introduced at New York’s Astor Hotel in January 1933 was one of the first Packards to benefit from the collaboration of Packard’s styling chief Edward MacCauley and newly retained stylist Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. Respected historian Beverly Rae Kimes described these elegant Packards as “the ‘ultimate’ in conveyances to emanate from East Grand Boulevard” (Packard’s historic Detroit factory) in her landmark book Packard-A History of the Motor Car and the Company.
Along with the revised slope of the classic Packard radiator shell that first appeared on the Fourteenth Series cars introduced in 1935, these subtle features contributed to a long, flowing line from front to rear. When side-mount spares were deleted from the front fenders, the transformation was complete. The MacCauley-de Sakhnoffsky designs also unified Packard styling for the first time so that all models—from phaetons to coupes—shared the same design elements, pointing the way toward post-war styling.
Mechanically the 1932-39 Packard Twelve provided high performance described as, “far quieter and smoother than a Duesenberg, rivaling the refinement of the Cadillac V-16 and rated superior to the finest Old World contemporaries.” John R. Bond, founder of Road & Track magazine, wrote: “For my money give me a V-12 Packard every time—a car, in my opinion, superior to the Phantom III Rolls-Royce.”
The 1936 Packard Twelve offered here is a uniquely rare example with a fascinating history. Just one of 10 Model 1407 Opera Coupe’s produced; it was the 9th built and one of less than 4 known to currently exist. It was sold new to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stockton for the use of Mrs. Stockton, of Evanston, Illinois. It was purchased new from the local Packard dealership November 30th, 1935 and listed at a price of $3,990 dollars. It was finished in its original color of black with a brown broadcloth interior and complimented by wire wheels. The car was owned until 1952 by the Stockton’s at which time it had travelled 55,000 miles. It has passed through the careful ownership of several Packard enthusiasts, including the President of the Classic Car Club of America, all of which documented the history and maintenance. The car comes with extensive records and documentation dating all the way back to when it was new. It has travelled a total of just 87,685 miles from new, all documented. It is a numbers matching example, including the original chassis, body, and complete drivetrain. Mechanically sorted and ready for the open road, this magnificent Packard motorcar demonstrates a wonderful patina that only enhances its charm, history and mystique. Please inquire for further information.
Specifications: Chassis: 14 JH 937-209, Wheelbase: 139”, Engine: V-12, 473c.i. #904319s, 175hp Transmission: 3 speed manual, Brakes: Power Assisted Mechanical Drum, Body: 937 5 Passenger Opera Coupe.
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