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Lot 527: Packard modèle 2-35 Twin Six Touring

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

The history of the origins of the Packard marque and the first twelve cylinder cars is detailed in the description for the earlier example in the collection. For the second season of these cars in 1917, Packard made a few revisions, they updated the engine to have detachable cylinder heads and the relocated the thermostat to the radiator, while the car now ran on smaller 35 x 5 inch wheels, than its predecessor. The 2-35 was the longer of the two wheelbases offered, being 135 inches and thereby allowing for a variety of commodious coachwork, such as this touring body with a standard five seats and two occasional fold away seats. This Twin Six has a long history in France. According to a former Carte Gris on file it was registered here on the Paris roads as early as 1920, by one Henri Meunier, of the chocolate making family. The car is understood to have remained with Meunier right through until 1952. At this point it would become the property of well known collector and car sleuth Robert Cornière, who had a passion for early cars and also for the Voisin marque. Folklore said that the Packard had been owned by John Joseph 'Black Jack' Pershing, and that he had used it while in France in 1917. This is a story which was never corroborated, but it accounted for Mr. Cornière's decision to refurbish the American Army green livery which it wears to this day. At the same time, its upholstery was refurbished in black leather and new grey carpets fitted. Charles Brown was another keen exponent of both the Packard marque and had a particular interest in the early Twelves, so much so that although already owning one of these cars, when Mr. Cornière's car was sold at auction in London in 2001, it proved too hard to resist and quickly joined Mr. Brown's burgeoning stable. After a number of years of relative inactivity, the Packard was recommissioned, British registered and returned to the road in his fresh ownership. Today, it represents a gently aged restoration, and we anticipate that a little fettling may be required to the car has been unused in recent years and will most probably require a little work to enable its use again. A legendary model from a renowned American maker, the Twin Six is appreciated by connoisseurs the world over and deservedly so, here is a great opportunity to acquire one.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number527
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€45000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€51750
Year1916
Condition rating4
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number
Engine number133303
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors