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Lot Number
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1938 Packard Twelve 1608 Touring Limousine
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $90,000 - $120,000
CHASSIS NO: A600062
• Very well-maintained original Packard Twelve
• Single-owner care for over 30 years
• 1 of less than 20 examples known in existence today
• Dashing “Split Vee” windshield and division window
• Drives and functions like new

473 cid V-12 L-Head engine, 175 HP, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, four-wheel vacuum-assisted mechanical drum brakes, independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs; wheelbase: 139”


Limousines have existed since the early 1700s, and the first automotive limousine was developed by 1902. The design of the limousine separated the driver from the passengers by placing him in a separate covered partition. Limousines derived their namesake from these covered compartments which greatly resembled the cloak hoods worn by residents of Limoges, France. Apart from this compartment, there was little difference between an early automotive limousine and a regular car. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, limousines were lengthened and enlarged to accommodate more passengers. While early use was limited mainly to the wealthy, the 1930s saw more opportunities for these larger cars in other forms of transport. Hotel guests, funeral companies, and airport liveries all began to employ use of limousines. Built to exacting quality standards regardless of cost, the commanding and powerful Packard Twelves of the 1930s remain highly regarded among auto enthusiasts across the globe. Coveted worldwide from new, they were often sent by Packard across the Detroit River in knocked-down form to be assembled at Packard’s plant in Windsor, Ontario, avoiding import tariffs and answering Canadian and British Empire demand for Packard products. Appreciation for the luxurious design of these cars even came from the Soviet Union and throughout Europe. Few luxury automobile companies have received as much worldwide admiration as the Packard Motor Car Company did at its prime before the outbreak of World War II.

Recently released from 30 years in the professional care of a noted classic Packard collection, this wonderful 1938 Packard Twelve Model 1608 Touring Limousine shows under 62,000 miles on the odometer. Its appealing color combination of classic Packard Maroon paint, accented by wide whitewall tires and dual side-mounted spares, gives this car significant curb appeal. A spacious trunk provides extra room for luggage and other storage. The luxurious interior up front features black carpeting and seats and in the back are very comfortable gray upholstered seats with matching gray carpets. Two additional fold-down jump seats make it easy for extra passengers to ride along. Accompanied by many period parts and components, this Twelve is one of the most well-kept and correct examples of this stately model available on the market today. It is also highly rare, thought to be 1 of less than 20 cars of its kind remaining today.

Among its many other desirable features are the trademark Packard “Cormorant” radiator mascot, wheel trim rings, and Trippe Speedlight accessory lights. Up front, a heater, roll-up windows, and dashboard clock allow the chauffeur to drive in comfort…and arrive on time for any engagement. The engine compartment, in true Packard fashion, is a veritable artwork itself, being tidy and well-presented. Mechanically sound, this rare and desirable seven-passenger limousine with division window needs only to be driven and enjoyed. It is also eligible for CCCA Full Classic® status. Rightly, the later Packard Twelves are often recognized as some of the best cars that the Packard Motor Company ever produced. Purchasing this limousine guarantees its new owner years of enjoyment and participation in exclusive club events, prestigious tours and shows; VIP experiences that money alone can't buy.

As offered, this 1938 Packard 1608 Touring Limousine represents an incomparable opportunity to own and enjoy a very handsome and elegant piece of Packard’s most revered model line of 1938. Durably built and still going strong, this is an authentic original Packard with immense character and presence, worthy of continued enjoyment and appreciation, just as it has received for its entire lifetime to date.

1938 Packard Twelve 1608 Touring Limousine
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