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Daniel Strohl of Hemming Daily has come up with a very interesting story about a one-owner “barn find” 1929 Packard Model 633. The Runabout has been resting since about 1960 at the family’s summer home in Schroon Lake, New York. Follow along as he tells the tale of its recent discovery:
“Paul Tacy wasn’t even sure he had the right place. The Adirondack’s are full of long-forgotten barns, garages, and other structures, and nothing on the outside of this particular white ramshackle shed gave a clue as to what lay within. A no-trespassing sign tacked to the front looked like it had weathered there since at least before the Reagan administration, leaves and pine needles had carpeted the roof, and a good six inches of dirt and detritus blocked the doors. Still, Paul wedged one of the doors open a little bit, reached his hand and a camera inside, and took perhaps the first photo in more than 50 years of the 1929 Packard Model 633 Runabout that would become his and that would, with a little work, go on to win a best in show award on its first outing”.
- After cutting down a number of trees, pulling up the stumps and clearing the way the Packard emerges into the daylight for the first time in decades.
“Paul, who comes from a long line of Packard enthusiasts and collectors, said over the years he and his family had heard of a Packard tucked away in the Adirondack’s, but chalked up the stories to urban legend. “We heard so many things, we didn’t know what was what,” he said. It wasn’t until he heard the same story from Chuck Stoodley that Paul began to assign some legitimacy to the stories. “I kept following up with Chuck until finally he was able to remember the name of the road – Charley Hill Road in Schroon Lake – which is just a half-hour from my house”.
“The Packard was bought in Glens Falls in July 1929 by a man who worked on Wall Street in Manhattan and whose family lived in New York City,” Paul said. “He always kept it at the house in Schroon Lake, which was the family’s summer home, and when he died sometime in the 1960s, the family just walked away from the house and the property. They still paid the taxes on it, but they didn’t go up there at all”.
To learn the rest of the story, view more photos and see how the Packard went on to take a Best of Show win recently, visit Hemmings Daily and read the rest of Daniel Strohl’s story.
- Famous golfer Gene Sarazen and his wife with company president Alvan Macauley, Sr. at the Packard offices in Detroit.
Big cars and sports stars go together like caviar and crackers, and it’s been that way for a very long time. In his day, Gene Sarazen, a.k.a “The Squire”, was as well known as Tiger Woods is today as befits a player who won all the major championships in his lifetime, the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, the Masters and the British Open. With that fame and fortune came this perk, a Dietrich-bodied Ninth Series 1932 Packard 906 Custom Twin Six convertible sedan. In 1931 Macauley brought custom coachbuilding in house but Dietrich still built a few of their V-windshield “Individual Customs” in several different body styles as we see here.
Above we see Sarazen and Macauley admiring the power plant that moved the almost 5300 pound, 147.5-inch wheelbase beauty down the road. It was the last time that the twelve cylinder cars would be designated “Twin Six”, although Packard would continue to use the 445 cubic inch 160 horsepower engine for the next two years. The engine featured a Stromberg downdraft carburetor with an automatic choke and was backed up by three-speed synchromesh transmission. Another luxurious touch was four-wheel adjustable vacuum assisted brakes. You’ll find many more Packard postings on The Old Motor. The Photos from the Rod Blood Collection are courtesy of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum.
James Ward Packard built his first car in Warren, Ohio in 1899. By 1903 a group of Detroit investors had purchased the company and moved the operation to a new factory in Detroit. At the same time engineer Charles Schmidt redesigned the new 1904 Packard after taking a trip to Europe that year to learn of the European automaker’s methods. He observed the more advanced and refined cars there and put into practice much of what he learned in the new car. His efforts resulted in the new Model L touring car, the first four-cylinder Packard and also the first with the tombstone-shaped and vertical style radiator that went on to become a Packard trademark.
The photos shown here courtesy of the The Henry Ford Museum showcase a rare surviving 1904 Packard Model L from their collection. More can be learned about this car in an interesting accounting of it at the bottom of this post in an article from the December 2, 1903 issue of The Automobile. Further information and photos from the Rod Blood Collection can also be found in an earlier post here on The Old Motor.
Posed in front of Cummings Garage for a photograph some 100 plus years ago is an attractive Packard, one of the popular high-quality cars of the time. It appears to be a 1911 Model Thirty 7-Passenger Touring Car and the owner’s initials D.S.S. can be seen in a painted monogram on the rear door. Unfortunately, no other details about the owner or the location are known, although three separate garages by that name were found as follows: The Motor Age, Volume 15 published in 1909, mentions that a Cummings Garage in Mankato, Minn. was being enlarged at the time. Scarborough’s Official Tour Book lists another garage by the same name in Greenville, Ill. in a 1916 edition (advertisement below), and the 1922 New England Business Directory also lists a Cummings Garage at 177 Ash St. in New Bedford, MA.
The early Packard has been covered extensively here on The Old Motor in photos from the Rod Blood Collection and also in articles from the contemporary motoring press. Further information and photos can also be found here covering the 1911 Packard line-up, including the new Six introduced that year. Some excellent photos of the engines used in the Thirty can be found in a post about the 1910 Models 30 and 18. If you can identify the location of the photo, please send us a comment with the details. Photo courtesy of Josh Houghton.