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Grand Avenue adds to its Vintage Fleet

Posted on: November 18th, 2012 by grandave No Comments

We got ourselves a new vintage vehicle this week!

Join us in happily welcoming the newest addition to our vintage fleet, a stunning, Photo1fully restored, 1935 Packard Super Eight! 

Here’s a little history on this amazing vehicle.

Packard was founded by James Ward Packard (Lehigh University Class of 1884), his brother William Doud Packard and their partner, George Lewis Weiss, in the city of Warren, Ohio. James Ward Packard believed that they could build a better horseless carriage than the Winton cars owned by Weiss (an important Winton stockholder) and, being himself a mechanical engineer, had some ideas for improvement on the designs of current automobiles.

The story goes:

Packard was not completely satisfied with the Winton car he had recently purchased. He wrote Alexander Winton with his complaints and suggestions; however Mr. Winton, offended by Packard's criticism, challenged Packard to build a better car. Packard responded by doing so, his marque outlasting Winton's by many decades. Packard runs his first automobile in Warren, Ohio on November 6, 1899.

From the very beginning, Packard automobiles introduced a number of innovations in its designs, including the modern steering wheel and, years later, the first production 12-cylinder engine. All Packards had a single-cylinder engine until 1903.

describe the imageIn the 1930s, Packard attempted to beat the stock market crash and subsequent Great Depression by manufacturing ever more opulent and expensive cars than it had prior to October 1929. The Packard Super Eight was the name given to the largest eight cylinder luxury automobiles produced by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan.

This vehicle is perfect for weddings, wine tastings and is ideal to make any special occasion a memory to last a lifetime. 

 

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