Originally owned by John J. McCarthy, the President of the famous Cracker Jack Company, this Murphy-bodied automobile has had many notable owners, including auto collectors William F. Harrah, a gambling pioneer in Reno, Nevada, and J.B. Nethercutt, whose aunt founded Merle Norman Cosmetics.
Until 1930 there was only one V-16 engine in the world. It was produced by Bugatti and consisted of two V-8s joined together. It was intended for powering airplanes. Cadillac’s engine was the first engine designed from the start as a true V-16. The V-16 was better balanced than a V-8 and gave smoother performance.
1935 was the first year Packard built two separate lines of cars-the traditional "best possible automobile" Senior models, beloved of kings and film stars, and the newly introduced mid-priced "Junior" One Twenty line, for Packard customers with smaller budgets. This Packard Twelve is one of only 781 Senior models produced that year and well represents the "Boss of the Road" image expected from the Packard marque.
The G4 touring wagon was developed for the German army and produced from 1934 to 1939. In outstanding original condition, this G4 has only been restored as needed and features original upholstery on the front seats. This particular G4, 440875, was originally delivered to Adolph Hitler in late 1939 and was used by the Fuhrer in Ober Salzberg, Berlin and Poland until seized by the French Army at Berchtesgaden.
Painted in the Helms Bakery company colors of ivory and medium blue, these vehicles were used throughout Southern California from 1931 to 1969 for door-to-door bakery deliveries. Wooden drawers in the back of the truck were stocked with fresh donuts, cookies and pastries, while the center section carried dozens of loaves of freshly-baked bread. “Daily at Your Door” was the Helms Bakery motto.