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A 1904 Packard from The Henry Ford Museum Collection

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. 




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A Packard Model “Thirty” in Front of the Cummings Garage

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.

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1914 Packard 1-38 Five Passenger Phaeton – Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach Auction

This attractive 1914 1-38 Packard will be offered next weekend at the Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction. It was a continuation of the 1912-1913 First Series 38 model and body styles ranged from a Runabout on a 115″ chassis to a seven-passenger Limousine on a longer 138″ wheelbase. This example is one of the more desirable and attractive of all, the sporty five-passenger touring car, which Packard named the Phaeton.


  • Previously owned by both the Richard Paine and Matt Browning Collections.
  • Extremely Rare Early Open Packard.
  • One of Nine Remaining in Existence.
  • A High-Quality Restoration of a Matching-Numbers Example.
  • Pebble Beach Concours Award Winner.
  • A Well-Known and Highly Regarded Nickel Era Packard.



  • 415 CID L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder 60 h.p. Engine.
  • Packard Carburetor with Acetylene Primer for starting.
  • 2-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes.
  • I-Beam Straight Front Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Spring.
  • Live Tubular Rear Axle-Transmission with Three-Quarter Elliptical Leaf Springs.


Visit with  Gooding & Company to see more details of the Packard and the many other interesting lots in the sale at Pebble Beach.

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