RM Sotheby’s will offer an incredibly rare 1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Victoria at the company’s flagship sale, Monterey Conference Center 24-25 August.
This beautiful creation is one of only four examples residing on the Packard chassis of the Classic Era, the Eleventh Series Twelve of 1934 and has been given an eye watering estimate of $4,500,000 – $6,000,000.
Bearing all the typical synergetic Dietrich design marks, with one unique addition in the vivaciously curved bumpers. Tailored with full ‘skirts’ covering the rear wheels and boasting streamlined running boards, which were only fitted on two vehicles, this particular convertible victoria and a phaeton.
The Packard is believed to have been part of the marque’s Traveling Salon, a group of special show cars that made appearances in numerous locales between Detroit and New York. At the end of its tour, the car was acquired by Ricardo LaCosta II, a prominent attorney and future judge from a well-known Puerto Rican family. Following LaCosta’s passing, the car was sold and served as a taxi cab in Puerto Rico, eventually making it back to the U.S. in the early 1960s.
Following time spent within collections of two restorers, the car was sold to a New Jersey Superior Court Judge – and Margie Cassini, collectors of many of the greatest known American and European Full Classics. Both known for acquiring cars of distinction and restoring them to immaculate condition, then showcasing them at various concours events throughout the country.
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A staggering 14,000 hours of craftsmanship were given to the Packard before it was debuted at the iconic Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it landed 1st in Class and the lauded Best of Show, instantly becoming perhaps the world’s best-known Packard.
This outstanding classic car is accompanied by historic documentation and will be offered with an estimate of $4,500,000 – $6,000,000.
Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s Group said of this amazing vehicle:
“This Dietrich-bodied Packard Twelve is one of the most important and rarest American Classics to ever come up for sale.
“The one-off fenders give the car a considerably sportier design, clearly pulling inspiration from the Auburn speedster and French coachbuilding of the period. The quality of the restoration is nothing short of over the top, and with known history from new, it simply doesn’t get any better than this. The Dietrich Twelve is among the most significant American Classics, and quite possibly the world’s best Packard.”
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