1935 Packard Twelve Model 1207 Town Car
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1935 Packard Twelve Model 1207 Town Car
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1935 Packard Twelve Model 1207 Town Car

US
Santa Monica, CA, US
US
Estimate
180,000 USD
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During the 1920s, LeBaron began designing a line of custom bodies for the most exclusive Packards. Throughout the 1930s, the coachbuilding firm continued to provide a variety of styles for the more expensive Super Eight and Twelve chassis. Renowned for their high-quality build and impeccable designs, the LeBaron bodies of the mid- to late-1930s were among the most fashionable on the market. According to the Packard data plate, this attractive LeBaron Town Car was originally delivered to New York City in April 1935. Although documentary evidence has been lost to time, it has always been believed that this grand Twelve was first sold to the Silverman family, the legendary publishers of Variety magazine. Given the coachbuilder’s esteemed reputation, particularly on the East Coast, it comes as no surprise that a wealthy and influential family would select a formal LeBaron-bodied Packard to serve as the preferred mode of transportation through the streets of Manhattan. In later years, the handsome Packard migrated to the Northwest where it eventually came to the attention of the noted classic-car aficionado Tom Crook. The Town Car was then purchased by John Spencer Bradley, a Southern California collector with an appreciation for highly original cars possessing interesting histories. Throughout his ownership, the Packard was treated to routine service and was thoughtfully preserved in its lovely, lightly patinated condition. As one of his preferred American classics, the LeBaron-bodied Twelve remained a fixture in the collection until he passed away. For the past decade, it has been a fixture in a significant private collection of the finest American and European classics. Today, this highly original Packard Twelve maintains a commendable presentation that speaks to its many years spent with caring owners. Although it appears as though the car was partially restored some decades ago, many of the features appear to be original and particularly well kept. Finished in black with subtle red pinstriping, the LeBaron Town Car has an imposing presence and is fully outfitted with dual side-mounted spares, Trippe driving lights, wide whitewall tires, and a correct Packard traveling trunk. The passenger compartment is beautifully appointed with rope pulls, vanities, a silk shade, and wool upholstery. As was the case with its previous caretakers, this unusual classic should hold great appeal to those collectors with an affinity for well-preserved, largely original cars. Over the years it has become increasingly difficult to acquire an American classic that has not been subject to long periods of disuse or over-restoration. Used sparingly under current ownership, this magnificent LeBaron-bodied Town Car is worthy of serious consideration. *Please note that this vehicle is titled by its engine number. car
US
Santa Monica, CA, US
US
Estimate
180,000 USD
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