Monterey

18-19 August 2017

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Lot 118

1934 Packard Twelve Phaeton

  • Chassis no. 901630
  • Engine no. 901636
  • Vehicle no. 731-11

Sold for $352,000


  • Formerly the prized possession of beloved enthusiast Bill Buddig
  • An exceptional, authentic example, with original chassis, engine, and body
  • Known history from new, including 65 years with prominent Chicagoans
  • Award-winning concours restoration by Fran Roxas
  • An Eleventh Series Twelve of superb quality in every regard


Packard produced about 10 five-passenger phaetons on the Eleventh Series Twelve chassis. The car offered here, no. 731-11, was the second built, and was sold new by Packard of Chicago on 28 February 1934. Its first owner was recorded by historian Edward J. Blend as having been Albert Harris, a prominent local banker, financier, sportsman, and philanthropist, noted in his 1958 Chicago obituary as “a powerful [voice] in shaping the city’s history.”

The Packard’s next known owner, Edward Eagle Brown, president of the First National Bank of Chicago, used it as his “summer” automobile; the “winter” car was the famous Duesenberg Model SJ town car built for Ethel Mars. It was sold by Brown in the early 1950s to pioneering NBC weatherman, Clint Youle, next passing in 1973 to Bill Buddig, the renowned, beloved collector and enthusiast from Illinois. Mr. Buddig’s friends and fellow CCCA members, Lee Gurvey and Ray Levy, recall the Packard as being an excellent original car, down to its former owner’s initials still on the doors, and that it was driven and enjoyed for some years in its unrestored condition. Mr. Buddig then endeavored to have his great friend Fran Roxas restore his favorite car, in the original color scheme and options, an easy job given its complete, original condition.

Following its restoration by Mr. Roxas, this car was a Classic Car Club of America Senior Premier winner, no. 1673, as well as Best in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, among other honors. It was eventually sold by Mr. Buddig’s estate in 1999 to the late Bill Jacobs, from whom it was purchased by the current owner.

Recent inspection by an RM Sotheby’s specialist showed that the Packard’s restoration still presents in virtually show-ready, concours condition, thanks to the excellent care that it has received both before and during its current ownership. Further, inspection of the frame and engine numbers indicates that both are original and “matching.” Accessories such as covered dual side-mounted spares, a correct Packard luggage rack and trunk, and the factory’s standard “feathered bail” radiator cap add to the wonderfully authentic, correct appearance.

“Timeless Lines Add to Desirability,” was how Mr. Blend captioned a photograph of the 1107 Twelve phaeton. Known history, wonderful purity, and an impeccable restoration add even more, and make this car one of the finest survivors from Packard’s greatest year.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more