1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Individual Custom Convertible Sedan -Lot R411
The year 1934 might have been caught up in the middle of the Great Depression, but Packard kept its distinguished reputation as one of the “Three P’s” of the 1910s and 1920s.
From 1916-1923, one of the significant offerings by Packard was the fabulous Packard Twin-Six. In 1923, the original Twin-Six Packard was discontinued only for Packard to introduce a completely new 445.5 CI L-head version in January 1932.
By 1934, Packard dropped the Twin-Six name and introduced a new model called the Packard Twelve.
The 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 up for auction (chassis # 902670) is based on a 146.87-inch wheelbase chassis and is supported by parallel semi-elliptic leaf springs with a live rear axle and the solid front axle.
It has 7.50-17 wide whitewalls tires that are mounted on chrome-plated steel-spoke wheels with dual side-mounted spares and painted metal covers.
The braking system incorporates mechanical vacuum-assisted 4-wheel drum brakes. The 12-cylinder engine (no. 90175) power output is transferred to the back axle through a vacuum-assisted clutch and a 3-speed manual synchronized shift transmission.
The body of the example is a Style 4070 Individual Custom Convertible Sedan designed by Dietrich. In 1934, the example was the only open four-door body style that Dietrich offered, and it is estimated that only 12 of these body styles are known to exist.
The sheet metal is finished in Dark Auburn and confirmed to be original, featuring fenders that have never been removed and even retaining its original welting.
The interior and top have been replaced to exacting standards using the original pieces as patterns during a professional restoration completed by noted marque expert Steve Babinsky of Lebanon, New Jersey.
In 2010, it claimed Best in Class and the CCA Trophy win at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
In 2011, it received the Amelia Award at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, while in 2012, it received the CCCA Senior Award, Badge No. 2981S.
2020 Ford GT MkII – Lot R435
The 2020 Ford GT MkII is simply the most advanced and exclusive Ford Track Car ever made. Over the course of three years, only 45 units will be produced in total.
Engineered free of race series rules, regulations, and limitations, this example was hand-built by Ford Performance and Multimatic to release the full Ford GT performance potential in a track-only version.
Under the hood of the 2020 Ford GT MkII is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter, 700 HP Eco Boost engine that is not fettered to race sanctioning bodies.
Features include a MoTeC data acquisition unit with rear display camera, 15.5-inch front, and 14.1-inch rear Brembo 4-wheel carbon-ceramic brakes, as well as a 5-way adjustable race-derived Multimatic DDSV dampers with a high-speed blow-off. The exterior features one-off livery of Ken Miles’ LeMans car.
The example incorporates race-ready aerodynamics, including an enlarged EVO front splitter, carbon fiber front fender louvers, dual-element rear wing, underfloor, and dive planes. The example has an impressive 400 percent more downforce compared to the Ford GT.
It is also equipped with a high-capacity air-to-air outboard mounted charge air cooler with water spray technology. A roof-mounted air intake feeds the clutch, transmission coolers, and auxiliary engine. It also has a Sparco driver and optional passenger seats with 6-point harnesses.
Unlike the other GT MkII, this track-only example is not covered by the two-year re-sale restriction period that was imposed on the street model.
The example has 15 miles on the odometer, and has never been raced.
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code – Lot R302
This 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code Convertible has a rich history, including previously owned by Jack Roush and a recently completed concourse restoration performed by world-renowned experts Amos and Justin Minter.
This example is one of only 196 created prior to the 1957 AMA racing ban. Of these produced, only 53 F-Birds was given a factory Raven Black finish of which the example is one, and isit was perfectly matched with a pleated Flame Red vinyl interior.
As Thunderbird enthusiasts will know, when it comes to the gold standard Thunderbird restorations, the Minter name has been a stand-out for decades and cemented their reputation through the years when it comes to the gold standard Thunderbird restorations. The exquisite example is the embodiment of that standard with impeccable craftsmanship and a gorgeous finish.
Under the hood is a 312/320 HP V-8 engine with the correct ECZ-code version, a 1957 Paxton VR57 supercharger with a single-pulley system, EDB-D low-compression heads, a Holley EDB 9510 AA 4-barrel carburetor, FEJ 12127-D dual-point distributor, F-series Thunderbird automatic harmonic balance, and AC fuel pump and filter.
As is typical in a Minter restoration, the engine compartment is completely factory-correct, from the factory-spec Sure Tite size 56 blower hose clamps to the individual plating finishes.
Minter has given the example the attention to detail that it deserves with the authenticity extending to even the correct 1957 GE/Ford Motor Company all-weather headlights and the NOS Ford Burtex trunk mat.
Despite the racing-inspired and supercharged F-Bird being the strongest performer of their lineup, the example can easily match its performance with the elegance and comfort of a Ford personal luxury car.
The example is fitted with options that include Master Guide power steering and a floor-shifted Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission, tinted glass and accessory fender skirts, Town and Country pushbutton radio, all finished in Raven Black on red.
It also has a color-matching porthole hardtop, and Firestone Deluxe Champion wide whitewall tires adorned on glittering chromed wire wheels.
Amos and Justin Minter recently completed the restoration of this Thunderbird in 2021, and since completion, it has been driven only 57 test miles.
1965 Shelby GT350R Fastback – Lot R208
On November 10, 1965, the Shelby GT350R Fastback was finished at the newly established LAX facility of Shelby.
The example on offer was immediately consigned to the famous Ford and Shelby dealer in Tasca Ford, East Providence, Rhode Island upon completion. One week later, on November 17, the example was designated to the Cobra Caravan where it started its nationwide tour.
After the Caravan finished its tour, the example, 5R213, was brought back to Tasca Ford where it was displayed throughout the Christmas holidays.
By then, they had fully satisfied the public’s demand for a full-race GT350R and the example went through three Northeast Ford dealers before ultimately being shipped to Peru.
In Peru it was one of the five cars that were purchased by a group of sportsmen who were looking to compete against each other in Alpine rallies and endurance races.
In its years competing in rallies and endurance races, 5R213 was surprisingly almost undamaged.
When collectors Richard Cohen and Gary Nufer from Little Rock, Arkansas acquired the example in 1984, it was largely intact.
They then brought the example back to the United States where it had two subsequent owners before it was acquired by Jay Bentley from Woodstock, Connecticut in 1998.
He acquired the expertise of Cobra Automotive to restore the example for vintage racing.
Collectors Corey Lawson and Bruce Serene were then commissioned to give the example a Concours restoration and ensured that only original and NOS parts were used to return it to factory-original form.
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