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Date: Aug. 12, 2014

1934 Packard Dietrich News Release

AUBURN, IN – Aristocratic in vivid two-tone green with a black canvas top, the 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 Convertible Sedan, sporting custom coachwork by Dietrich, is one of the significant classic motorcars to be offered for sale to the highest bidder at The Auburn Auction this Labor Day weekend. Hosted by Worldwide Auctioneers, the 7th annual event will be held Saturday, Aug. 30th in the original L-29 Cord Building, now part of the National Automobile and Truck Museum (formerly NATMUS).

Worldwide’s preview for The Auburn Auction takes place Thursday, Aug. 28 through Saturday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days. A special open-bar bidder preview is scheduled for Saturday evening from 4-6 p.m. Memorabilia will sell at 5 p.m., with the automobiles rolling onto the auction platform at 6 p.m.

You’ll see “newer” cars like a beautifully restored 1974 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino and a 1962 Porche 356B Cabriolet. Stunning classics include a gorgeous 1955 Hudson Italia Coupe, the finest example known of only 26 ever produced; a Category One 1931 Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan, and a 1935 Auburn 851SC Boattail Speedster, as well as this spectacular Packard Sedan.

Emerging into the market in 1899, the Packard Motor Car Company was already well established to be a serious contender at the start-up of the Classic era. In 1934, the company rolled out more than 35,000 cars of this make and model; even today it’s considered to be one of the most important automobiles the company ever produced.

The quiet and smooth-running V12 engine in this model was a powerful “morph” from the Straight Eight that made its debut in 1924 and the previous Twin Six that put the manufacturer on the map in 1915, churning out enough horsepower to be utilized for wartime boats and military aircraft.

While most Packards emerged with factory bodies, Raymond Dietrich streamlined this model to have not only the custom “Vee” windshield, but the only jump seats in any Dietrich-built Packard. With details like hydraulic valve lifters and a modified L-head design, the 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 Convertible Sedan still offers classic car collectors a sweet ride and unmistakable panache.

“This car truly sets itself apart, even from other Dietrich Packards. Being a ’34, it has several one-year-only design features that give it a very special look. It has an unquestioned ownership history and is regarded as one of the most pure examples in existence,” noted Worldwide Principal and Chief Auctioneer Rod Egan. “Most collectors know it as the ‘Rinker Packard’ due to its 30-plus-year ownership in Harry’s Collection. We are delighted to offer such a great car from the greatest era.”

For a bidder number, or for more information about how to consign your own classic for this year’s auction, call 1-800-990-6789 or visit:

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