This photo from the Packard plant reminded me of something that I read years ago about when Packard had to bring a lower price car to the marketplace so that they could sur-vive. This was during the depression when they made the decision to bring out the one fifteen and one twenty models.
Packard did not know how to mass produce cars in large scale production as the volume makers did. Management had to bring in outside help from the other automakers who they referred to as the bucket shops. It was kind of an underhanded remark as a way of calling their goods inferior tin buckets. These specialists they had to bring in, knew how to make parts in large quantities at low prices, something Packard did not know how to do.
This photo above brought all of that back to mind looking when at this scene on the line where the nose of the car was assembled. Photo dated 8/1/1941