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She is a star from the land of Hollywood. This 1936 Packard 1407 Twelve was owned by Charlie Chaplin via 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. In addition, there are only two of these automobiles known in the world.
All that aside, this car is a star in the automobile world as well. With only a few of the 682 Twelves built in 1936 being sent off to coachbuilders, this particular All Weather Cabriolet was sent off to the legendary hands of LeBaron Incorporated. The 1407s were also a limited, special-order model only.
A Bevy of Options
This 1936 Packard 1407 Twelve was special ordered with loads of options. The initial cost of this car was $6,290 which equates to $110,000 today.
With dual side-mounted spare tires, a luggage rack, a rollup 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 automobile was a luxury automobile that is still a shining example of Packard’s exquisite fourteenth Twelve series.
1936 Packard Twelve All Weather Cabriolet Specs
- 1407 Series – Custom Made Only
- 175 HP
- V-12 Engine
- 7.8 Liter
- Three-Speed Transmission
- 139.3 Inch Wheelbase
- Seating Capacity of 7
- Registration VIN 188648
- One of only Two in Existence