• April 23, 2015

1937 Packard V12

1937 Packard V12

1937 Packard V12 Automobile Driving Museum

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Body Style: 5 passenger touring
Factory Price: $4,650
Production: Total production 1,300
Weight: 5,680 lbs.
Engine: V-12
Horse Power: 175 @ 3,200 rpm
Cubic Inches: 473
Wheel Base: 144 in.
Transmission: 3 speed floor shift
Brakes: 4 wheel hydraulic


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The third year for this body style was very similar to the prior year with only a few changes to the body and several improvements mechanically. The body changes included the front doors being rehinged, a bustle-back being added for the sedans, changes to the interior trim and phaetons were dropped from the line of offered cars. Mechanically all Senior Cars were equipped with hydraulic brakes. Independent front suspension became a standard.

Many of the new management which had been hired to produce the Junior Line to make Packard more competitive wanted to drop the Senior Line. In doing this it was believed that there would be a concentration on the middle and low- priced Junior Line cars. But the old guard still held on to the Senior Division as a trademark for Packard Motor Cars in order to meet the needs of the very wealthy clientele that had been a Packard mainstay throughout the years.