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  • RefCode: TA1146088
  • Make: PACKARD
  • Model: TWELVE
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,934
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: USD
  • Auction: 9th Mar 2019 - RM Sotheby's - Amelia Island Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 8 - 9 March 2019. Offered from a prominent private collectionFormerly owned by renowned enthusiasts Harold Crosby and Lorin TryonImmaculate restoration by marque specialists Stone BarnPresented at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours dElegance; not shown sinceComplete with original firewall vehicle number tagClassic Car Club of America (CCCA) Senior First Prize winnerOne of the finest Dietrich Individual Custom Packards available A competitor is said to have famously described Raymond Dietrich as a man that the gods smiled upon. Indeed, before striking out on his own in 1925, the redheaded young designer built an enviable résumé that included some of Americas most prestigious custom coachbuilders. He was an apprentice draftsman at Brewster, where he met Thomas Hibbard, with whom he would co-found LeBaron in New York City. Hibbard eventually went to Paris and decided to stay, while Dietrich was lured to Detroit by the Murray Body Corporation,through Edsel Fords influence. There, he took 50 percent ownership of a new firm, Dietrich Inc., which initially worked largely on Lincoln chassis, no doubt to the enthusiasm of the intellectual Mr. Ford.However, Dietrichs lasting glory would come as the result of the custom bodies that he produced for several Packard agencies. One of these agencies took three custom show cars that he bodied on a nationwide tour in 1926. At tours end, Dietrich received a shocking 150 orders. This was a number that did not escape Packard President Alvan Macauleys notice. Macauley ordered another 175 bodies, beginning a long association with Dietrich and Packard, which resulted in hundreds of custom and semi-custom bodies being ordered for the cars from East Grand Boulevard.The most prestigious of these were the Individual Customs, which were produced on Super Eight and Twelve chassis from 1932 to 1934. These cars were built largely to individual tastes, as true factory customs are. Their striking bodies were knownfor their lithe and sporty lines, which were created by the veed windshields, a beltline that curved away from the windshield, and an extraordinarily long hood line, were assembled on massive 147.5-in. wheelbase chassis. They were tremendously expensive, particularly in twelve-cylinder form, and with a modified L-head V-12 that could displace 445.5-cu. in. and develop 160 bhp. The Dietrich Packard had power to match its style. It was a masterpiece of form and function.VEHICLE NUMBER 1108-23The Eleventh Series Twelve Convertible Sedan is one of the most famous, prestigious, and desirable of all Dietrich Individual Customs, especially for this model year, when it was the only open four-door body style offered by Dietrich. Examples of this style can be found in the prestigious Nethercutt Collection, whose Orello is world-famous, as well as in numerous esteemed private stables worldwide. It is estimated that only 10 were produced, of which seven remain extant today.The example offered here isidentified by its original vehicle number tag, on the firewall, as having been delivered by the Packard Seattle Co. on 30 April 1934. Its original owner is believed to have been a well-to-do lady who owned upscale womens clothing stores on the West Coast. Later owner Lorin Tryon, legendary longtime co-chair of the Pebble Beach Concours dElegance, recalled that it had been a familiar participant in early parades in Seattle. Later it moved to Northern California, where it was owned by a Mr. Chenier and by a contractor by the name of Marchant, from whom Tryon purchased it in the early 1960s.Tryon noted that a precursor to Californias famous kustomizers had added a built-in trunk to the rear of the car. Using another of the surviving Dietrich Individual Custom convertible sedans as a pattern, local craftsman Tom Lillibridge was able to restore the rear of the body to its correct original configuration. It was then sold to Roger Henderson and later passed to Harold Crosby, a well-known early collectorof Packard Twelves and longtime Pebble Beach participant (as well as the concours chief judge of American Classics from 19751994), who completed the restoration in a striking two-tone green livery. The engine was rebuilt by Packard Twelve expert, Charlie Last.Crosby sold the Twelve in the summer of 1977 to Harry Rinker of Newport Beach, who displayed it for the first time at the Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic in Santa Barbara that year, scoring a perfect 100 points; eventually it achieved Senior status (badge no. 824). It would remain a favorite in Mr. Rinkers collection for over 30 years, regularly driven and often with the top down, and during his ownership was featured both in an issue of the Packard Cormorant and in Edward J. Blends famous reference work, The Magnificent Packard Twelve of Nineteen Thirty-Four.In the late 2000s, Rinker was convinced to sell the car to a collector in the West. Several years later it was added to the present owners distinguished collection, which hasover the years been home to some of the very finest Dietrich Individual Custom Packards extant. A fresh restoration was soon undertaken by the noted specialists of Stone Barn Automobile Restoration in Vienna, New Jersey, finished to an extremely high level of fit, finish, and detail, in the crisp color scheme of Packard Blue, which is believed to be the original color, with brown leather interior and a black cloth top. The owner reports that at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours dElegance, the car was judged Without Flaw and has not been shown in any concours or events since.This is without doubt one of the very finest Dietrich Individual Custom Packards known, and may be the finest presently available. It is superlative and worthy of the significant collectors so proudly featured in its long history.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am19.

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