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.
The Packard Motor Company began as the Ohio Automobile Company in 1899. It was founded by James Packard, his brother William Packard, and George Weiss. In 1902, the company changed its name to Packard Motor Company, and it produced cars which had innovations (it is often credited with the modern steering wheel) that many others envied. Its autos were originally produced in Detroit, Michigan, but that would change when the company underwent another change under the Studebaker-Packard Corporation, at which time the production switched to South Bend, Indiana.
Production for Packard vehicles ended in 1958 as affordable cars began to flood the market. Some believed that the Packard autos no longer offered the same luster as they once had. The combination of those two factors largely led to the company’s falling sales. Eventually, the falling sales led to the fall of the company as a whole.
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