A New Packard Dealership in Oklahoma City

This brand new Packard dealership building was located at Seventh Street and North Robinson in Oklahoma City, OK. The two photos were taken in the parts and service area and appear to be staged press photos just before a grand opening.

The photo (above) shows a chassis dynamometer in the foreground appears to be a post war Clipper Deluxe Eight wearing Stinson Air Craft signage, set up and looking ready to test. the installation was not quite complete because the sign seen on the wall reads as follows: In The Space Will Be Installed DELUXE METERS For The Moto Motors Dynamometer. Behind the Packard are two Christ-Craft Cruisers on display as dealership also handled that makers line of fine boats.

The building had survived up until early 2010 when Dan Strohl of Hemmings Daily, found this modern photo of the building at Northwest 10th and Robinson. He also found another Packard dealership in the city shown wearing its sign at 811 Broadway. This dealership can be seen in a better photo in one of Strohl’s Lost Dealership Roundup series posts. He also turned up the location of yet another Packard dealer or distributor that was listed as Packard Oklahoma Company at 231 Northwest Sixth, that building has not survived and has been replaced with a modern one.

This second photo (above) shows what appears to be the entrance area of the service and parts department and gives us a glimpse into the structure of the building, which as seen in the previous links was quite large. Several things of interest in this photo are; Note the large oval windows on the ground floor, the flowers, and on the second floor just to the left of the PARTS sign, it looks as though there was an office of some sort, for either keeping an eye on the department or possibly for directing the flow of traffic through the building.

Hopefully our readers will know more about this dealership, its name and also be able to give us the exact year and models of the cars that we can see. Photos courtesy of the Donald Ellis collection.

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11 Responses to A New Packard Dealership in Oklahoma City

  1. Donald Ellis says:

    The history of Packard dealerships is complex. The only one I know of which was purpose built was the one at N.W. 10th street and Robinson. That is where Packards were sold in the late twenties and early thirties. The location of the interior shots above was south on Robinson at eighth street. At that location they sold Chris Craft and Stinson aircraft. Later in Packard’s death throe days it was on Broadway at eighth.

  2. Donald Ellis says:

    You will notice that the present day photo of the location at tenth and Robinson has an oblique reference to the Packard radiator outline.

  3. Natty Bumppo says:

    Thanks for posting these two Oklahoma City Packard dealer photos. The car in the top picture, however, is a Clipper Deluxe Eight (282-ci) on the 120-inch wheelbase. The two-toned car on the left in the second photo is a Super Clipper on the 127-inch wb, the extra length in the front fenders and hood to accomodate the senior model’s nine-main-bearing, 356-ci inline eight with hydraulic valve lifters, the fastest, most powerful car available off a new car showroom until the ’49 Cadillac ohv and ’51 Chrysler hemi V-8s.

    Packard continued to produce “junior” and “senior” models which otherwise looked alike, much as Rolls-Royce’s “big” and “small horsepower” models, and postwar, their Silver Dawn/Bentley R-Type on the same 120-inch wb, Silver Wraith on 127 inches.

    With their leather and wood veneer, the otherwise rationalized Crewe product might’ve been arguably better furniture, but the Packards better automobiles. A pair of British motoring writers and industry observers summed R-R best:

    “A triumph of craftsmanship over engineering.”

    “A great confidence trick.”

    Not sure which model the car on the right in the lower photo is.

    Many thanks for dredging, and posting, these.

  4. Bob Zimmerman

    The Packard Clippers appear to be early 1946 production as the ‘Deluxe Clipper’ model identification is on two lines. Later production put the model identication on one line.

  5. In enlarging the photo the the script on the door it clearly reads only “Clipper Deluxe” .

  6. Maybe it’s a regional thing, but those Chris Crafts would be speedboats in my world, where cruiser is used mainly as the second half of cabin cruiser.

  7. Donald Ellis says:

    Someone out there in the readership must know something ab0ut the relationship between Packard and Stinson Aircraft. The juxtaposition of the two occurs several times in these pages . Did they have some sort of joint dealership arrangement?

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