Dad used to tell me that it was too bad that I came of age at a time that Packards were no longer built. He remembers when the owning a Packard meant that you were an elite member of the social aristocracy. Packard was the embodiment of the peak of American Automotive luxury and quality. In dad’s eyes, Packards were the best cars ever produced.
The legendary automobile company had it start in Warren, Ohio by the brothers who operated the Packard Electric Company. James and William manufactured electrical equipment and wire for industry. The most popular story has it that James was so unhappy with his purchase of a Winton automobile that he personally complained to maker Alexander Winton. The car maker responded to James Packard by saying, “If you’re so smart, build a better machine, yourself.” So, in 1899, James did.
The first Packard was a one-cylinder buggy…
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