1939 Packard Twelve
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
Classic Car Overview
Wonderful condition with lots of originality
Only 34,701 actual miles!
Known history from new
Purchased new by Colonel Robert McCormick; owner of the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Cubs
Rare & desirable 1939 Packard Model 1708 Twelve Convertible Sedan
One of less than twelve known to exist
One of only 446 Packard Twelves built
The most expensive production Packard for 1939!
Previous collector ownership
473ci 175hp V12 engine
Stunning color combination with largely original paint!
CCCA full classic; eligible for all events and caravans
Dual Side Mount Spares
Chrome Grille, Headlight And Tail Light Housings
Three Speed Column Shift Transmission
Deluxe Steering Wheel
Lalique Tete d’Aigle Eagle Head Hood Ornament (Original Cormorant Included)
Trippe Safety Speed Lights
Front Bumper Guard
Rear Bumper Trunk Rack With Folding Trunk Feature
Roll Up Partition Window
Packard AM Radio
Wheel Trim Rings
Includes owner’s manuals previous registrations
One of the most original and low mileage 1939 Packard Twelves in existence
A collector’s dream
The 1939 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan featured here is finished in stunning Tavern Green with Balfour Green fenders over a dark brown interior and beige folding convertible top. This outstanding example was sold new by Hon Smithson & Raymond in Chicago, Illinois, to Colonel Robert R. McCormick; owner of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Tribune. Rumor has it that McCormick’s rule was that his driver had to get him from downtown Chicago to his home in Wheaton, Illinois in 45 minutes or less – a task that the Packard Twelve was more than capable of! A Packard that has appealed to more than one collector owner in its time, this Twelve Convertible Sedan presents wonderfully, showcasing some patina on its original paint and chrome and only displaying 34,701 actual miles. In 2011, Packard specialist Dave Mitchell performed a through mechanical servicing and the car was tastefully equipped with high speed gears and overdrive. The model 1708 Packard is considered a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America and would be a welcome entry in a CCCA tour or concours event. With incredible provenance, low mileage and outstanding originality, we are confident that this Convertible Sedan is one of the best examples that can be found on the market today. We are proud to offer this exceptional 1939 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan to the most astute collector or investor who appreciates originality and low mileage classic motorcars. Ready to make an investment that you can actually enjoy? Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013, 16% in 2014 and 17% in 2015 while posting gains of 467% over the last 10 years. Please contact John Sherman, one of our expert sales consultants, at (314) 291-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. He will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description and answer any questions you may have. Buy with confidence.
Trades welcome! Financing available! Please visit www.schmitt.com to view our full inventory.
Classic Car ID101090227
Custom ColorTavern Green/Balfour Green
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