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A Most Attractive Packard

Packards 1905 Model N was a very up to date automobile by a company that at this point in time was quite progressive and building very high quality cars. In 1904 they establish-ed the distinctive Packard radiator shape, that would be their trademark until the end in the fifties. This model was a lightweight but capable automobile, that was very well built and engineered and also quite attractive. It featured a 265 c.i. four cylinder engine that was rated at 28 hp. along with a three-speed transmission that was attached to the front of the rear axle. Photo courtesy of the Seal Cove Auto Museum.

One response to “A Most Attractive Packard

  1. Although one exists and ots suction data listed it with the standard 106″ wheel base, it seems to me that that 1905 Model N boattail runabout was on a shorter wheelbase than the tourer. I estimate the w/b at nearer the 100-102″ range. This practice of runabouts and coupes on shorter chassis was used in the later in the NC 18 and U 30 models. I have tried to scale the ’05 runabout in both 2D drawings and in 3D. I can not replicate the relationship of the rear deck, fenders and wheels/ springs to eachother at 106″.

    I know the runabout specs are always quoted at the longer demension. I am wondering if anyone has either measured the existing car or found period data specific to the boat tail runabout.

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