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63rd Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Names 1934 Packard "Best of Show"

Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show: 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria, owned by CCCA Member Joseph Cassini

Joseph Cassini, his daughter Caroline in the passenger seat and his wife Margie after winning the Pebble Beach Best of Show.

Classic Car Club of America member Joseph Cassini’s custom built 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria was declared the 'Best Car of the Show' at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Winning the 'Best In Show' title at the world's most celebrated classic car Concours is a dream come true for a car enthusiast but to win twice is an incredible honor. In 2004, Cassini won the Best in Show title for his 1938 Horch 853A Erdmann & Rossi Sport Cabriolet.

The custom bodywork was originally created by famous coachbuilder, Raymond Dietrich. The car uses a pristine, L-head V12 engine abs and is the first American car to be honored at Pebble Beach since a Duesenberg won in 2007. Owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini of New Jersey, the Packard had four previous owners before the Cassini's completely restored the 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria to its former glory.

The 1934 Packard convertible was a Puerto Rican taxi for many years and the victory is a result of three years of very hard work rebuilding the car from scratch. "When it came back from Puerto Rico in 1968 it was almost rusted through," said Cassini after winning the award. "It was rescued by a serviceman who brought back it to the United States. From there it went to an owner in New Hampshire, then to another owner in Ohio, from whom I bought it in 2010."

Cassini was looking out for a Packard convertible since the 1990s but was unsure if anyone would sell it. After finally finding the car in a condition that he described as "ready to fall apart," he used some extra help from RM Restorations. "It took more than 10,000 man-hours," Cassini said. "But now it is perfect. Everything works. The radio, the lights, the windshield wipers - it runs perfectly - and it easily completed the 100 mile Tour d'Élégance."

"I think I'm going to put it on a trailer and give it a rest. Yes, it can go back to being a trailer queen for a while. It has earned it," Cassini said.

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