We’re expecting a diverse and storied fleet of cars at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 17th, but for one Packard – a 1934 V12 Convertible Victoria owned by Marvin Zukor – the event marks a homecoming fifty-three years in the making.
Zukor last showed the Packard at Pebble Beach in 1955, taking part in the third-ever Concours held at the scenic golf course.; At the time, Zukor, then a policeman in San Francisco, drove the car 100 miles to participate in the show.
At one time, the V12 Convertible Victoria led a glamorous life (particularly as a prized possession of actor Cesar Romero and sportscaster Bill Stern), but when Zukor found it in 1952, it had been abused at the hands of students at Stanford University.
"The car was used and abused when I bought it," said Zukor. "The V12 engine had holes and was shot, there was a busted water pump and the entire car was a mess.; But I loved it."
Over the next few years, the Packard was treated to a mild restoration, including a new engine, upholstery, and, as Zukor says, a "$100 paint job." Although such a project seems miniscule in today’s era of million-dollar restorations, the result was enough for the convertible to snag second place in its class.
Zukor hasn’t returned with the car to Pebble Beach, but has extensively driven it throughout northern California over the last few decades.; Invited to bring the Convertible Victoria to the 2008 show, Zukor decided to invest in a full restoration.
The cost of that endeavor?; "A little more than the first," jokes Zukor.