It was the first. It was among the last. Packard started an overall new design in 1938 with a more upright radiator, higher front fenders that “wrapped” around the side-mounted spare wheels, and a Dietrich-inspired, V-shaped windshield.
This is the 24th of just 32 1607 Twelve Convertible Coupes that Packard made in 1938. In 1939, all production of the Twelve was canceled with a grand total of only 280 automobiles in 14 different unique models having been made.
This car is possibly one of only eight of this make and model still in existence.
At Concours d’Elegance, our 1607 Twelve has won first place in the Packard class at Pebble Beach (2016); the Amelia Award at Amelia Island (2017); the Best Interior award at St. John’s (2018); was displayed at Copshaholm (2018); and won the Excellence Award at Boca Raton (2019).
The Last Packard Twelve
Production of the Packard Twelve ended on September 18, 1939, with just 280 Twelves being produced that year. The Twelve helped define a generation of style and luxury exiting the most tumultuous financial times that America has ever seen: the Great Depression.
Wealth in the Depression
As the Great Depression reluctantly released its grip on the American economy in 1933, Packard was already rolling out the next great luxury car.
The Twelve was — and is — considered one of the finest vehicles made by Packard and one of the most defining creations of its time.
It also came with a hefty price tag. In 1938, the Packard Twelve cost around a staggering $4,500. That is over $80,000, adjusting for inflation.
1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Coupe Specs
- 473.3 cubic inch, L-head, V12 engine
- 175 bhp
- Three-speed Synchromesh manual transmission
- Independent front suspension
- Second-year for senior independent front suspension and hydraulic drum brakes
- 134.5 inch-wheelbase
- 1607 series
- One of the last Packard Twelves ever made