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A Packard Service Car in Hartford, Connecticut

Billed as a “lightweight express Service Car at the local Packard Service Station” in the Hartford Courant newspaper where this photo first appeared, what we have here is very nicely done conversion that most likely first left the Packard works as a roadster, probably in 1924 or later. In those days, it was not unusual for an automobile agency to resurrect an older model car that had been damaged in an accident and modify it in their own shops for use in this capacity. Often, they would build their own tow truck as well, before such vehicles were widely available for purchase from outside suppliers.


The quality of the work we’ve seen in photos of these in the past runs the gamut from very crude to high class, and this example definitely falls into that latter category. Clearly, the fine appearance that it presents was the reason it was chosen to pose front and center in this publicity shot and carry the flag for the dealership on the streets of Hartford. We invite you, our readers, to chime in with any more information you might have regarding the year and specific model that you think this Packard might have been. Photo courtesy of Jerry Lettieri.

6 responses to “A Packard Service Car in Hartford, Connecticut

  1. Hello,
    Very interesting to see the period Hartford service car picture. This car still exist in very much the same condition as the picture but only slightly worse for wear considering the roughly 80 years since it’s being built. It’s owned by John “Hawkeye” Hawkerson and is located just outside Saranac Lake, NY. John has owned the car for probably 50 years and when I asked about it, he said, “I’ll be buried in that car when I die”
    -John Mishanec, Schenectady, NY

      • It has been brought to our attention that this is probably or 2 nd. series 6 cylinder Packard, is not owned by Halkeye. His two Packard “trucks” are a 443 that had
        been a service car and a 526/533 service car (pickup). As you mention, he has owned this pair for many years.

  2. This looks like a First Series Single Six (Probably 1922) . At 58 hp. you wonder how they could have done service as a wrecker! My son Adam has just purchased this model Runabout fitted with Rudge-Whitworth wire wheels. These Packards seem to have been sent all over Australia and if you’re looking for parts that’s your best bet. All those imported were RHD with Rudge wire wheels.

  3. Interesting to learn from Donald Ellis that the early 22-23 Packard’s sent to Australia all used the Rudge Whitworth wire wheels. The same can be said about the Mercers of that period….the 4 and 6 cylinder models of all body types, some that nomally had wood spoke wheels, all were shipped there with the Rudge Whitworth wheels.

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