Al Jolson's custom Packard to sell at Gooding & Company

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2017-01-04 10:48:41

A custom-built Packard owned by legendary performer Al Jolson is amongst the latest notable entries in the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auction.

The highly anticipated two day sale will feature everything from pre-war classic to modern-day supercars from both sides of the Atlantic.

“We are excited to present these cars in our diverse Scottsdale lineup that offers a group of exceptional motorcars across multiple marques and collecting tastes,” said David Gooding, President of Gooding & Company.

"Our auctions offer something for every client, from exceptional classics with beloved provenance, to recently discovered barn-finds – which have been wonderfully preserved, to contemporary sports cars with limited mileage, and everything in between."

(Images: Gooding & Company)

(Images: Gooding & Company)

Al Jolson was a highly successful singer, actor and comedian once dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer", who starred in The Jazz Singer, the world's groundbreaking first film to feature recorded sound.

Jolson ordered the Packard Twin Six 906 Individual Custom Convertible Sedan with unique coachwork by Dietrich in 1932, and had it delivered to his home in Los Angeles.

After years of use he placed it in storage around 1940, and it was later acquired by well-known enthusiast Harold Crosby, who comprehensively restored the car and won several awards at the 1963 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Almost 50 years later in 2012, following long-term ownership and another top class restoration, the car was once again exhibited at Pebble Beach where it placed First in Class. As one of just two examples of its kind, the car with star power is expected to attract serious attention when it crosses the block in Arizona.

Further notable additions to the Scottsdale sale's roster include a 1938 Jaguar SS 100 3 ½ Litre – the first car to ever feature the Jaguar name – which was owned by the first host of NBC’s Today show, and is expected to sell for $450,000-$525,000; and a 1958 Porsche 356 A Super Speedster which sat completely untouched in a garage for 42 years, estimated at $200,000-$275,000.

The Gooding & Company Scottsdale Sale takes place at Scottsdale Fashion Square on January 20-21.

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