• Jun 5, 2009
1999 Packard Twelve concept - Click above for an image gallery

The Packard nameplate is one steeped in rich heritage, having produced its first automobile way back in 1899. Unfortunately, the Detroit-based builder of eminently luxurious and opulent automobiles hit dire straits in the years closely following World War II and eventually merged with Studebaker in 1954. Not long after, the last real Packard rolled unceremoniously down the assembly line in August of 1956. Or did it?

Take a minute to peruse this auction on eBay Motors, and you'll see that one final Packard was indeed created in 1999, albeit as a concept vehicle that uses parts sourced in large part from General Motors. Regarding the controversial styling of the 1999 Packard Twelve, we'll follow the standard rule our mommies told us about not saying anything at all if we can't say anything nice.

As far as the car's guts are concerned, it all seems rather well done. An aluminum-intensive chassis holds a front-mounted 8.6-liter V12 engine – fitting, as the Packard Twin Six engine from 1916 is often thought of as the first production V12 engine – supplied by Falconer Racing that sends 520 horsepower through a GM 4L80E automatic transmission and a Borg Warner transfer case to all four wheels.

Interesting in owning this unique piece of history? You've got just six hours left and the current bid (reserve not yet met) is at $125,100. Click here for more.



[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks like Louie Anderson. That is not good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior and drivetrain are beautiful and the opposites of the exterior.
      I literally am having a love-hate relationship with this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't this GM's ultraluxury marque? oh wait, that's in a different universe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would rather buy a original 1940's classic Packard if I had that much cash. Would at least be far cheaper too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SUX 6000 from Robocop? Kill it with fire, and the 'designer' that created this monstrosity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just die spammer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My eyes!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I WAS about to eat....
        • 5 Years Ago
        I saw this in person a few years ago at the ACD museum in Indiana. It was even worse in person.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Apart from the grill, I don't think it looks bad. It looks like what a concept rolls royce/bently looked like in 1995-1999 somewhere, but it's got an American Heritage. I think it's pretty cool, overall. Much cooler than any SUV out there, and most things on the road. Reminds me of a Stutz, only a hell of a lot better looking and more well designed. It's what the stutz SHOULD have been.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So for Grins I ran the VIN and here's the History, serious....

      VIN: 2FALP74WXVX235827
      Year: 1997
      Make: Ford
      Model: Crown Victoria LX
      Style/Body: Sedan 4D
      Class: Traditional Car
      Engine: 4.6L V8 EFI
      Country of Assembly: Canada
      Vehicle Age: 12 year(s)
      Calculated Owners: N/A
      Last Reported
      Odometer Reading: N/A
        • 5 Years Ago
        Great minds think alike:) I knew something was fishy when I saw it started with a 2 (as in built in Canada).
      • 5 Years Ago
      ew.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks more luxurious than a Lincoln town car!
      • 5 Years Ago
      guessing based on the displacement and the transmission choice... that this is two GM 4.3L V6 (like from the Astro / S10 / Blazer etc) butted together into a V12?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior looks as cold as a morgue.
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