Saturday, March 10, 2012



The first cars were built by Packard in Warren, Ohio, in 1899 the brothers Packard, who felt that they could build your own car is better quality than purchased on the side. There was also due to Winton, Packard Packard. For a long time, especially in the 20-30s., Cars, Packard models quoted at Cadillac ("Cadillac"). In its heyday the company cars were a perfect combination of the best that was in the road construction. In all respects, conform to production Cadillac. The exception was a lack of a large dealer network, supported by the Concern GM.

In the 20-30s. Packard name associated with the highest quality. In the photo - model "VI2" in 1938 with a body Brunn (Vgipp)
Like most other American cars, the first Packard had a simple design with 4 -, and then with a 6-cylinder engines of a large working volume. In 1903 the company moved from Warren to Detroit, where he remained until his death. And in 1914 its production was one of the most popular in the U.S.. In 1915, Packard has strengthened the reputation issue of Twin-Six ("Twin-Six") - the world's first car with the engine VI2. At its base in 20-30s. company produced a model with in-line 8-cylinder engines. A new generation of VI2 appeared in the 30-ies., But the Great Depression hit the company's pain.

Despite the change over time, radiator grille Packard, it is always characterized by a high central part of how this car in 1937
Despite the huge financial losses in the period, Packard managed to miraculously survive. In 1936 she launched a six-cylinder models, collecting every year approximately 60 thousand cars. By 1940, production has increased to 100 thousand cars a result of systematic and continuous development of less expensive models. The company realized the futility of a luxury car. As a result, a 1941 Packard offers a wide range of cars with engines of 100-160 hp worth up to 5.6 thousand dollars.
During the Second World War the company produced aircraft engines Merlin VI2 ("Merlin"), and motors for other purposes, but without success. By the end of its former superiority is not maintained. Packard Model 180, delivered during the war in the Soviet Union, served as models for creating technical ZIS-110, serial production of which began in 1945

The concept of "elegant American-style" embodied in the Packard 645 1929, with in-line eight-cylinder engine and bodywork by Dietrich ("Dietrich")
Since 1946 the company continued to manufacture S-and 8-cylinder engines. Prior to the advent in 1950 of a new body style of the design of machines has changed slightly. Undergone a major upgrade engines nizhneklapannye 30s. Whose production lasted until 1954, when he finally has a new engine V8. It was a very advanced design, but after the fate of the Packard quickly rolled down the slope.
In 1955, having sold 50 thousand cars, Packard merged with Studebaker ("Studebaker"), which realized 115 thousand cars. In this Packard was the lead partner, and soon discovered that Studebaker is in deep financial crisis, which led quickly to the collapse of both companies. In 1956 they came under the control of Corporation Curtiss-Wright ("Curtis-Wright"), but in 1958 Packard cars become modernized Studebaker. Soon after the company ceased to exist.

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