Chaplin’s Packard 1407 Twelve has a Hollywood Story
She is a star from the land of Hollywood. This 1936 Packard 1407 Twelve was owned by Charlie Chaplin by way of Charlie Chaplin Studios. It was used in The Godfather, in The Betsy, and appeared in Remington Steele featuring Pierce Brosnan. The VIN for this car is 188648, and its history is well documented. There are only two of these automobiles known in the world.
This car is a star in the automobile world, as well. With only a few of the 682 Twelves produced in 1936 sent off to coachbuilders, this particular All-Weather Cabriolet was delivered into the legendary hands of LeBaron Incorporated. The 1407s were also a limited, special-order-only model.
A Bevy of Options
This 1936 Packard 1407 Twelve was special ordered with a multitude of options. The initial cost of the car was $6,290, equivalent to $110,000 today.
With dual side-mounted spare tires, a luggage rack, a roll-up partition window, rear fold-away seating, Trippe safety lights, painted wire wheels (it was the last year for the 17-inch wire wheels), and whitewall tires, this luxury automobile remains still a shining example of Packard’s exquisite fourteenth Twelve series.
1936 Packard Twelve All Weather Cabriolet Specs:
- 7.8 liter, V12 engine
- 175 hp
- Three-speed transmission
- 139.3 inch-wheelbase
- Seating capacity of 7
- 1407 Series – exclusively custom made
- Registration VIN 188648
- One of only two in existence