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Twelve 1507 Coupe Roadster
1937 Packard Twelve 1507 Coupe Roadster
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1937 Packard
Twelve 1507 Coupe Roadster
• Ready to drive and enjoy on CCCA tours
• Cosmetically restored in 2016 and expertly maintained ever ...
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• Ready to drive and enjoy on CCCA tours
• Cosmetically restored in 2016 and expertly maintained ever since
• Impressive styling with high-quality paint and trim throughout
• First year for the independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes

473.3 cid V-12 engine, three-speed selective-shift transmission, independent front suspension, live rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 139.25”

The Great Depression was highly detrimental to the entire automobile market, but especially to those firms whose success came from producing high-end luxury cars. Many prominent marques such as Duesenberg, Pierce-Arrow, Peerless, and Marmon were unable to stay afloat. Even Cadillac and Packard were forced to diversify, but Packard was able to stay true to their 12-cylinder line and remained more profitable than most. First to the table with the Twin Six in 1916, Packard relied on eights to get through the Depression years but returned with their V-12 during the cylinder wars of the '30s. They revived the Twin-Six name, but the new V-12 powerplant was far different, displacing 455 cubic inches. History has proven it to be one of the smoothest and quietest engines of the entire era, as well as being a landmark vehicle in American automobile history that has stood the test of time for not only quiet operation but also definite collector desirability.

The most prestigious, expensive, and exclusive Packard of the day is undoubtedly a 1507 Coupe Roadster. The V-12 engine uses a Stromberg carburetor, has four main bearings, and delivers 175 horsepower. It is backed by a three-speed selective synchromesh transmission with a single vacuum-assist clutch and floor shift controls. Stopping power is provided by vacuum-boosted hydraulic disc brakes on all four corners. Be sure to look closely under the hood, and you'll notice the entire drivetrain is well-maintained and highly accurate, having been repainted and highly detailed in 2016. The only mechanical need at the time was addressed with a rebuilt master cylinder, and our consignor reports absolutely flawless operation on many long tours in the past few years. The engine bay was repainted and highly detailed as well, and it remains in excellent condition.

This amazing Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster also received a comprehensive repaint in 2016 at a reported cost of nearly $150,000, which still displays as new to this day. All of the chrome and trim look new, the panel gaps are excellent, the correct red paint finish is immaculate, the tan soft top has the proper red piping, and all carpets were also replaced at that time. It was all done to a high standard of accuracy, with the only deviation from stock being the addition of radial tires, including the side-mounted spares, specifically to improve the ride on the CCCA national tours our consignor enjoyed. From the immaculate hood ornament to the stylish rear luggage rack, absolutely nothing needs attention, and this Packard stands ready to enjoy at the drop of a hat. It's a car that draws attention at every turn, and a car that the new owner will often get asked, “Is it really running?” as you glide silently down the road.

Make no mistake - this striking Packard is very roadworthy, so the new owner has his choice – he can either tour it extensively with nothing left to tend to, or enjoy an illustrious career on the show fields and in the Concours events across America. This 1507 Coupe Roadster will always be regarded as a stunning Packard worthy of respect and admiration at all levels of the collector car hobby.

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Justin Sheehan