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Packard
« on: March 31, 2011, 10:30:08 PM »
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A once marque luxury brand that battled financial woes and was forced to close it's doors after the 1958 model year, Packard is considered one of the most exclusive American brand cars, even today. With innovations like the first steering wheel and first production 12 cylinder engine (which was pushed to 149mph in a prototype in 1919, the current land speed record of its day), the Packard brand is loved by collectors and car enthusiasts even 50 years after it demise. Let's use this thread to commemorate an American luxury brand that wasn't part of the dominating "big 3".






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Re: Packard
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2011, 01:24:23 AM »
3rd one down is pure sex.


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Re: Packard
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2011, 07:34:26 AM »

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Re: Packard
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2011, 10:44:05 PM »



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Re: Packard
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2011, 12:32:57 AM »
It was Packard that bought Studebaker. In the mid1950s Packard/Studebaker badge engineered Studebaker models into Packards. Jim posted that catfish Hawk example above. At the same time Packard/Studebaker had the import license to bring Mercedes Benz cars into US Soil. The "Packard-bakers" where soon dropped and Packard dealers became Mercedes Benz dealerships. Studebaker lasted until the 1966 model year then shut down.

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Re: Packard
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2011, 12:42:51 AM »
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All U.S. PT boats were powered by three 12-cylinder gasoline-fueled engines. These engines were built by the Packard Motor Car Company
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Re: Packard
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2011, 01:09:24 AM »
The Packard proving grounds are a mile from my house.
The place is slowly getting restored, I visited there in 2009 for a car show.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packard_Proving_Grounds
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Re: Packard
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2011, 03:24:51 AM »
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During World War II, Packard again built airplane engines, licensing the Merlin engine from Rolls-Royce as the V1650, which powered the famous P-51 Mustang fighter, ironically known as the "Cadillac of the Skies" by GIs in WWII. It was one of the fastest piston-powered fighters ever and could fly higher than many of its contemporaries, allowing pilots a greater degree of survivability in combat situations.
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