The success of the new Packard 120 base model in 1935 led the company dedicating nearly half of it’s workforce to the production of the new model which made up 90% of the companies sales.
Skipping a logical 13th series on superstitious grounds the remainder of the companies employees worked on building the senior eights and rarer of all 14th Series Twelves featuring sleek new styling with a radiator raked back 5 degrees.
From a total production of 55,042 Packards only 682 Twelves were built in 1936 and as with the earlier 12th series they were sold with 15 different body options.
The 1408 Convertible Sedan was the second heaviest of the 14th Series model range weighing in at 5,945 lbs, at $5,050 it was als the second most expensive behind the 5,950 lb Phaeton which cost $6,290.
This example owned by Earl Rubenstein placed third in
CLASS S1L – CCCA American Late 1936-1947 Open of the 2014 San Marino Motor Classic where it was photographed by Geoffrey Horton.
My thanks to Geoffrey for sharing the photographs, thanks for joining me on this “Sleek Racy 5° Raked Back Radiator” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow for a Friday FIAT. Don’t forget to come back now !