This One-of-A-Kind 1938 Packard Twelve (Model 1608) Torpedo-Cabriolet by Kellner was custom built using the rear body section off a - 1930 Renault Reinstella Torpedo Scaphandrier - by the original owner who is believed to be George “Geordie” Hormel II, heir to the meat-packing Hormel Foods Corp. and owner of the historic Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, AZ. During the 1950s, this One-Off Custom Packard was purchased by J.B Nethercutt, who made a fortune in women’s beauty products as the co-founder of Merle Norman Cosmetics and used much of that wealth to assemble one of the world’s finest automobile collections.
In 1961, this Custom Packard was purchased by William F. Harrah, one of the pioneers of car collecting and Casino mogul who had over 1,500 cars in his impressive collection. The car remained in his collection for the next 24 years before being sold during the Harrah Automobile Collection Sale in 1985, to Tom Monaghan the founder of Domino’s Pizza who had a World-Class Collection including the 1931 Bugatti Royale Type 41 Berline de Voyage. The car remained in the Domino’s Classic Car Collection until 1989, before joining the Blackhawk Collection where it was treated to a No-Expense-Spared Restoration by Lon Krueger of Scottsdale, AZ.
This is one of the finest, most significant Packards, and an automobile spectacular in history, performance, and presentation. Having been owned by some of the most significant names in classic car history for the past 70 years, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a car that will stand out in any collection.