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Packard Motor Company

As we look closely at some of the greatest successes and even some failures in the long line of classic cars from years past, it’s important to look specifically at the companies which produced them. Without the companies which have seen the ups and downs of the world for decades, the classic cars of the United States would be very different. Today, we’re taking a look at the Packard Motor Company. For years, the Packard Motor Company was known for high quality, luxury vehicles, but like many other automobile companies, struggling sales eventually brought this hopeful company to an end.

1931 Packard 845

Packard 845: Traditionally known as an American luxury automobile, the cars that the Packard Motor Company produced came straight from Detroit, Michigan and later South Bend, Indiana. The Packards were in production from 1899 to 1958, not a bad run, considering it endured the turn of a century, two world wars, and the Great Depression. In a brash attempt to defy the stock market crash that set off the Depression in 1929, Packard decided to up the ante; it produced even more expensive, great looking cars. The result: the Packard Twelve. The company had only one production line, which helped to keep its costs low, certainly helping to keep the company afloat during such hard economic times.