1934 Packard Twelve

Individual Custom Convertible Victoria by Dietrich
Sale Price
$3,750,000 - $4,500,000
Est. Range
5 March 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Concours restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 902011; Engine no. 902030. Metallic Pewter Grey with Ecru cloth top over Ecru leather. 446/160hp V-12, 3-speed, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, Solar headlights, Pilot-Rays.

Evaluation: Previous owners include Dr. Joseph Murphy, Otis Chandler, David Kane, Joseph and Margie Cassini and now offered from the estate of Frank Ricciardelli. Believed to be one of only three examples on the V-12 chassis. Restored by Stone Barn in 2014. Pebble Beach class winner and CCCA Trophy that year. Excellent paint, chrome, interior, and top. An older concours restoration that shows some age but no miles. Elegant, refined, imposing coachwork. Frank Ricciardelli estate.

Bottom Line: The centerpiece of RM’s ballroom preview display, overshadowing with its elegance and style the modern supercars that flanked it and bringing a well-deserved premium price. It will be eligible for Pebble Beach in only two years and it’s hard not to see it being a Best of Show contender as it was in 2014.

by Rick Carey
24 March 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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