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1938 PACKARD TWELVE - $Auction

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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Arizona event, 18 - 19 January 2018. Estimates:$250,000 - $300,000 One of very few surviving late Packard Twelves fitted with truly custom coachwork, this sumptuous 1938 1608 Twelve was ordered as a chassis by Doris Duke, heiress to the American Tobacco Company fortune. At the age of 25, Miss Duke was already the worlds wealthiest woman, and was a prominent figure in the society and gossip columns for much of her eight decades of life. She was a horticulturalist, a noted collector of jewelry and Oriental art, and a major philanthropist, and at various times was married to a U.S. Ambassador to Canada and to infamous sportsman Porfirio Rubirosa.The Duke Twelve was custom-bodied by Rollston, New Yorks most famous and costly coachbuilder, as a modern landaulet, a limousine with a convertible section over the rear seat. Similar in style to a Rollston body produced for the Duesenberg Model J, number J-577, the body featured a relatively rakish one-piece windshield, as well as a lavishly appointed interior with a clock and speedometer. It also featured storage for cocktail accouterments in the rear passenger compartment. Controls for the radio were placed literally at Miss Dukes hand, in the right rear armrest.Reportedly the car was delivered to Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey, and was used to transport its owner on her regular trips between the Garden State and her summer cottage, Rough Point in Newport, Rhode Island. Both landmark homes are today restored and open to the public.The current owner located the fascinating and beautiful one-off Packard in New Jersey in 2007, still wearing its D.D. monograms and owned by Charles Patterson. Rays Auto Restoration of Webster, Massachusetts, a noted local Packard specialist, oversaw its complete restoration to original condition, including the correct original Duke color scheme, over a two-year period. Fittingly, given its early history, it was first shown at the Newport Concours dElegance in 2009, winning Best Pre-War Open Car.Arguably one of the most significant and desirable late Twelves, this is a spectacular full custom Packard, with rich social history that is difficult to match. It is an automobile deserving of The Richest Girl in the World.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/AZ18.

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  • RefCode: TA1101864

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