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Like many early garages, it appears that H. L. Littlefield & Son, of the Ocean Bluff Garage, may have had quite a fleet of cars for tourists in the popular resort town to rent. The garage was located on Ocean Ave. in Kennebunkport, ME., where many no doubt traveled to by train for a sea side vacation and would then rent a car and driver to see the sights in the area. The garage was found listed in advertising in the December 1913, issue of the American Motorist magazine.
Three of the cars have been positively identified with the exception of the two on the left which may possibly be an EMF and a Stevens-Duryea. The car in the middle on the ramp, is a circa 1910 Peerless. The last two on the right are Packard Model 30 cars and have been identified as a 1910 Packard on the left and a 1907 Packard on the right.
If any of our readers can positively identify the two cars on the left or tell us more about the Ocean Bluff Garage, the Littlefields who ran it and if the building has survived, please send us a comment. The Old Motor photo.
As we mentioned in our last post covering the 1911 Packard, the firm had made the big move as most of the other high quality manufacturers had, or were planning to do and announced the companies Model 48 six cylinder engine as can be seen above.
It is very similar to most big American six cylinders engines of the time, a t-head design of 525 c.i. with a 4.5 ” bore x 5.5″ stoke. The crankcase and oil pan were cast of aluminum and the three separate cylinder blocks were of cast iron. Visible are the up-draft air-valve carburetor and in front of it the unique Packard governor of the diaphragm type that is operated by the water pressure output of the water pump.
Below left to right are shown; the Model 48 Brougham, a Model 30 which Packard con-tinued, shown wearing a touring body equipped with a “Canopy Top” with curved glass windows on either side at the rear. And last we see the Model 48 Touring car. Photos from the Rod Blood Collection courtesy of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum.
To show you what the Packard Motor Company had in store for 1910, we have a treasure trove of wonderful original Packard Company photos to share with you. Above and below is a very unusual collapsable coupe, with very intricate cane work treatment giving the car a most exclusive air about it.
The Packard 30 chassis for 1910 had only a few refinements from the previous year, a dry plate clutch and standard equipment shock absorbers are listed as two changes. The new models were introduced during the summer of 1909 and it appears that judging by serial numbers, some 2500 Model Thirties and around 835 of the Model Eighteens were produced, giving the Company a very good production year.
The Model 30 featured its 431.9 c.i. t-head engine and wheelbases available were 124″ and 108″. The Model 18 being touted as a city car, carried the smaller 265.7 c.i. t-head and 112″ and 102″ chassis.
The price range for the Thirty depending on which one of the four bodies available was chosen and how it was equipped, was between $4200-$5600. The Eighteen also with four body styles listed, ran between $3200 and $4500.
The photos below which are actually from a 1909 catalog and show the details of both sides of the Model Thirty engine. The water pump-controlled governor is shown in the first photo and the Eisemann magneto and the large 1/2″ diameter ignition wires used with the system in the second photo.
The third photo shows the beautifully finished wooden dash, the two oil sight-feed gauges on the left and the coil box and switch. The beautifully constructed steering wheel with an aluminum spider, is seen with the Packard type of carburetor and ignition timing controls in the center.