Packard 1107 Convertible Victoria

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Description: A healthy number of these two-door Cabriolet Victoria cars are alive and well, but this particular car was the first one built.

Oh Victoria: A healthy number of these two-door Cabriolet Victoria cars are alive and well, but this particular car, #747-11, was the first one built. It's very straight forward as Packard Twelves go, and a rather perfect representative of the marque. If, for example, you wanted to know what a Packard looked like, just in general, this would be a reasonable place to turn.

Most Cabriolet Victoria cars were finished in similar dark liveries. The days of the multi-colored antique have gone, replaced with a basic finishing regiment that lets the lines express themselves, with only minimal pinstriping along the running gear. Even the regular molding complement is body-matched in this case, not to upset the broad shoulders, or detract from the brilliant vee-shaped grille.

As it's often been recalled that the Packard Twelve perhaps influenced Enzo Ferrari to pursue a V-12 in his own industrious application, I'd like to think this is exactly the sort of car he was smitten with.

As rarities go, however, this Packard is also notable for its deep emerald paint, and matching light green top. And that they come together on the first of this body style among eleventh series Packards is enticing to an enthusiast. So we compare: Price when new, $6,080.00. Price at auction in 2012, $506,000.00. That's quite a lot of money for a popular body style, although it should be upheld. I do feel Packard were the world's finest production based automobiles; anything better had to be handmade, and even at that many efforts still fell short of Packard's mechanical refinement.

I could go on at length to explain why not Duesenberg or Pierce-Arrow, but suffice to say the former falls into that handmade category, and is therefore a different mechanical animal, whereas the Pierce-Arrow outlived its usefulness and fell by way of attrition, ultimately offering too little, too late.

Yet, it warrants adding that Richard M. Langworth writing for Automobile Quarterly. so long ago, titled a piece on the marque, Packard: The Car We Couldn't Afford to Lose. That says a lot, and I whole-heartedly agree. We in the United States should be looking at modern Packards squaring off against Mercedes-Benz, taking their rightful place as the best America has to offer the broader market. That chance has passed, however, and I certainly don't want to see most any incarnation of a lost marque surfacing in the future, much to the violation of a proud history.

Automobile Quarterly's World of Cars. Automobile Quarterly, Inc. New York, NY, 1971, from Packard: The Car We Couldn't Afford to Lose. by Richard M. Langworth, p. 86



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