“Notice that, in appearance, this car is unmistakably a Packard, with the famous identifying lines that make Packard America’s most distinctive car. Then drive this Packard, and ask it to do everything you would like a fine car to do.”
– 1934 Packard advertisement
A fine car indeed, the 1934 12-cylinder Eleventh Series is arguably the most sought-after of all the Packard Coupe Roadsters. That series comes from what is widely considered to be the most prestigious year for Packards’ iconic design.
Of the entire legendary run of 1930s Coupe Roadsters, there are only about 20 originals thought to be left in existence.
Packard’s Top Series
1934 saw the debut of the Eleventh Series. As you might expect from Packard the series improved upon the one before it and has since become one of the most sought after series that Packard ever made.
A Treasured Classic
The Eleventh Series took the already stylish looks of the Tenth and updated it in good taste to create one of the most iconic and highly-prized runs of all the American Full Classics.
Packard added new fenders and fresh details for the series’ fuller and more elegant look. The Twelves, of course, were the most expensive and lavish realizations of the Eleventh Series and obtainable by only the wealthy as the country was still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression.
1934 Packard Twelve Coupe Specs:
- 445.5 cubic inch, V12 engine
- 160 bhp
- Three-speed selective Synchromesh manual transmission
- Vacuum-assisted clutch
- Shaft drive with hypoid rear axle
- Front and rear leaf spring suspension
- Four-wheel, vacuum-assisted, mechanical drum brakes
- 142 inch-wheelbase
- Most sought-after Coupe Roadster
- Received the Classic Car Club of America Award, Gilmore Museum