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A former American manufacturer of cars from 1899-1958.  The full company name was Packard Motor Car Company, and they were based in Detroit, Michigan, United States.

Vehicle names used by Packard currently and throughout history include:  1201, Caribbean, Clipper, Eight, Executive, One-Ten, One-Twenty, Predictor, Super Eight, Thirty, and Twelve.  The Packard One-Eighty was actually a submodel of the Super Eight.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Packard page on 8 April 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Packard was an American luxury automobile marque built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, United States, and later by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation of South Bend, Indiana. The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last in 1958, with one of the last concept cars built in 1956, the Packard Predictor.

History: 1899–1905

Packard was founded by James Ward Packard, his brother William, and their partner, George Lewis Weiss, in the city of Warren, Ohio, where 400 Packard automobiles were built at their factory on Dana Street Northeast, from 1899 to 1903. A mechanical engineer, James Packard believed they could build a better horseless carriage than the Winton cars owned by Weiss, an important Winton stockholder, after Packard complained to Alexander Winton and offered suggestions for improvement, which were ignored; Packard's first car was built in Warren, Ohio, on November 6, 1899.

In September, 1900, the Ohio Automobile Company was founded to produce Packard automobiles. These quickly gained an excellent reputation and the name was changed on October 13, 1902, to the Packard Motor Car Company.

All Packards had a single-cylinder engine until 1903. From the very beginning, Packard featured innovations, including the modern steering wheel and, years later, the first production 12-cylinder engine and air-conditioning in a passenger car. Packard produced its "Twin Six" model series of 12-cylinder cars from 1915 to 1923.

While the Black Motor Company's Black went as low as $375, Western Tool Works' Gale Model A roadster was $500, the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout went for $650, and the Cole 30 and Cole Runabout were US$1,500, Packard concentrated on cars with prices starting at $2,600. The marque developed a following among wealthy purchasers both in the United States and abroad, competing with European marques like Rolls-Royce and Mercedes Benz.

Henry Bourne Joy, a member of one of Detroit's oldest and wealthiest families, bought a Packard. Impressed by its reliability, he visited the Packards and soon enlisted a group of investors—including Truman Handy Newberry and Russell A. Alger Jr. On October 2, 1902, this group refinanced and renamed the New York and Ohio Automobile Company as the Packard Motor Car Company, with James Packard as president. Alger later served as vice president. Packard moved operations to Detroit soon after, and Joy became general manager (and later chairman of the board). An original Packard, reputedly the first manufactured, was donated by a grateful James Packard to his alma mater, Lehigh University, and is preserved there in the Packard Laboratory. Another is on display at the Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio.

The 3,500,000-square-foot (330,000 m2) Packard plant on East Grand Boulevard in Detroit was located on over 40 acres (16 ha) of land. Designed by Albert Kahn Associates, it included the first use of reinforced concrete for industrial construction in Detroit and was considered the most modern automobile manufacturing facility in the world when opened in 1903. Its skilled craftsmen practiced over 80 trades. The dilapidated plant still stands, despite repeated fires. Architect Kahn also designed the Packard Proving Grounds at Utica, Michigan.


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
1911Trail of the Lonesome Truck
W.T. Fishleigh for The Packard Motor Car Company

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1950Servicing the Ultramatic Drive
Packard Motor Car Company
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Images

Packard Armored Car USED IN COLORADO MINE STRIKES.
Armored Cap-a-pie, this Packard touring car has been uesd in the desultory warfare in Colorado between the striking miners and the forces of law.  It carries a crew of six men and mounts a Gatling gun.
The New York Times, April 12, 1914
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1916 Packard Twin Six Classified Ad 1916 Packard Twin Six Classified Ad
Antique Automobile: March-April 1972
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Packard Touring 3-35 Packard Touring 3-35
Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition
View Packard Touring 3-35 page of Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition - 446KB
Packard Five-Ton Truck 5-E Packard Five-Ton Truck 5-E
Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition
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1928 Packard Phaeton & 1929 Packard Convertible Coupe 1928 Phaeton & 1929 Convertible Coupe
Lyle Sheley's 1928 Packard Phaeton. Brooks Fuller's 1929 Packard convertible coupe.
News and Events: 23rd Annual Lake Forest Invitational
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1949 Packard 1949
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
4th Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
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1949 Packard 1949
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4th Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
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1949 Packard 1949
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4th Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
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1949 Packard 1949
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4th Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
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1949 Packard 1949
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4th Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
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1949 Packard 1949
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4th Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
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1949 Packard 1949
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
4th Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
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1949 Packard 1949
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
4th Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
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1949 Packard 1949
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
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1949 Packard 1949
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The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
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1949 Packard 1949
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The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
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1949 Packard 1949
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The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
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1949 Packard 1949
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The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
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1949 Packard Ambulance Wind-Up Toy 1949 Ambulance Wind-Up Toy
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
August 2011 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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1949 Packard Ambulance Wind-Up Toy 1949 Ambulance Wind-Up Toy
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
August 2011 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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1949 Packard Ambulance Wind-Up Toy 1949 Ambulance Wind-Up Toy
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August 2011 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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Packard Car
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The John Walczak Collection

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Packard Car
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The John Walczak Collection

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Packard Car
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The John Walczak Collection

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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
7 March 1909Auto News from Various Centres: Make Riding Easy.The New York Times
21 November 1922PACKARD DOUBLES STOCK.The New York Times
28 December 1922Packard Motor Profits Report.The New York Times
March-April 1972Here and There in Motoring's Past: 1903 - Mr. Packard's Single Cylinder ObsessionPeter Helck, Antique Automobile


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast Model Kit - Hubley 48591930 Packard Sport PhaetonMetal Kit




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