Sweaty and just downright amazing: All original custom bodied 1922 Packard Twin Six

Originality gets huge points with us here on Driven, and Packard’s also have a special place in our hearts. Since we already posted about a wonderful Packard for sale this week, we figured why not just stick with the theme?  This particular car is a custom Brunn bodied Twin Six Packard that is in completely original condition. The only downfall that this car has is the fact that it is a 1922 model, which is not good because, while it may be the last year for the Twin Six, that is well into what we call the “dark ages” which refers to the time period after 1915 (after the brass era) and before 1926 (the beginning of the classic era). Why is this bad? It’s not great because the brass era cars are eligible for Horseless Carriage Club of America events and the later classic era cars are eligible for the Classic Car Club Of America events. The cars in between these two-time periods are not eligible for either and to be honest don’t really have much personality either. Thankfully for this car, it is considered a classic, but it is still not as appealing as its 1915-1916 counterpart because it’s still not eligible for the HCCA and it can’t really keep up all that well with the later Classics on the CCCA club tours and events, but it is still fantastic regardless.

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The Packard “Twin Six” was introduced in 1915 for the 1916 model year, a V-12 engine with its cylinder banks set at a 60-degree angle, providing even firing intervals and making the V-12 narrower than a 90-degree V-8. Like Packards smaller six of the “Model 38,” the Twin Six was an L-head engine with two camshafts, which called for rocker arms. In the design of European high-performance engines of its day, it had a narrow bore, only 3.0 inches and a long stroke — 5.0 inches— allowing the crankshaft to be shorter, stronger, and considerably lighter than the six; Packard claimed the Twin Six weighed 400 lb less than the six-cylinder “Model 48.” Despite its smaller displacement, the V-12 was slightly more powerful than the six rated at 85 hp, which was quite a bit for 1915. The Twin Six was a huge success and Packard used the same design with little to no change through 1922 when its classic eight cylinder finally replaced it.

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This 1922 Twin Six, according to its seller, has just 12,000 original miles since it was new in 1922. It was purchased new by a prominent woman named Agnes Greer of Dayton, Ohio, whom had the body custom built by Brunn Body Company of Buffalo, New York. She specifically had the no doors on the rear of the car so it would make it easier for her to get into and out of the car with her large party dresses that were the in fashion of the day.
We were fortunate enough to see this car in person at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours’dElegance where it won best in its class, the original class. Mark Hyman of Hyman Classic cars was owner at that time. Marks inventory is usually hit and miss, but he definitely did well buying this car. After seeing this car in person, we can tell you first hand that it is absolutely wonderful and the original condition id superb. The Brunn body is also very beautifully designed and is very handsome. Overall this car is amazing and would certainly be a great car to own if you love Packards. Between the custom body and the beautiful condition we can look past the fact that it falls in the “dark ages.” It can be found here on prewarcar.com offered by Dick Shappy of Rhode Island with an asking price of  $375,000. The post war sports cars may be all the rage at the moment, but this great prewar stuff is certainly undervalued and now’s the time to buy them for sure. Let us know what you think!

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