- Year: 1934
- Exterior Color: Black
- Marque: Packard
- Scale: 1:43
- Build: 24
- Coachbuilder: Dietrich
- Dream Disengaged Availability: Sold-Out
- Feature: Removable convertible top and tonneau cover, build 24
- Official Release Date: July 1st 2015
It’s hard to overstate the influence of Raymond Dietrich. He’s the creative mind behind iconic designs spanning genres and generations, and is responsible for establishing the design language that defined entire brands. After co-founding LeBaron and doing design work for Lincoln, Studebaker, Franklin, Erskine, and Checker Cab, he became the first head of design at Chrysler. Decades after his retirement from the auto business, he was hired by Gibson Guitars in the 1960s to design what would become one of the most iconic and recognizable instruments of all time—the Gibson Firebird. But for many, his custom Packards will remain his signature works, and the 1934 Convertible Twelve Victoria is perhaps the most coveted and respected.
The Twelve was Packard’s flagship—the car positioned to take on the best from Cadillac and Lincoln throughout the depths of the Great Depression. It was named for its engine, which was ideal to power Packard’s top model. It was initially called the Twin Six in honor of the flagship Packard from a decade earlier, but was rebadged the Twelve to confer the image of power and prestige. Dietrich’s design elements take that to the next level—particularly the 1934 model, whose V-shaped grille and long cowl that flows all the way back to the windscreen offer unsurpassed elegance for four very lucky passengers.
Automodello honors Dietrich’s masterpiece with this exacting 1:43 replica of his exquisite take on the Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria. It is offered in three versions, each with a removable top and tonneau cover for top-up or top-down display. The standard edition comes in red with a tan top and interior and will be limited to 299 pieces. The Tribute Edition is triple blue, released to celebrate the Packard Automobile Classics 50th Annual Meet, and limited to 150 hand-numbered examples. The super-rare Homage Edition is black with a black top and tan interior, and limited to just 24 hand-numbered pieces. Congratulations on joining a very exclusive group of Packard enthusiast collectors!
RM Auctions 2012:
RM Auctions at the Amelia Island Concours d' Elegance in March 2012 auctioned the 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria with body by Dietrich, one of five built with 3 known examples remaining. Details about this unique and outstanding pre-war automobile may be viewed from the 2012 RM Auctions' catalogue for Lot 159.