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The 1913 Packards and the New Model 38 Six

The Packard Model 48 Six for 1913 as usual, had the typical Packard upgrades without any big changes. The most notable being the addition of a generator to keep the battery charged with the use of the new electric headlamps, but for some reason a starter was not fitted, when most of the other luxury makers featured them on their top of the line models.

The big news was the offering of the new Model 38, a slightly smaller six, featuring an l-head of 415 c.i. as opposed to the 48′s 525 c.i. It was also the first Packard to offer left hand drive and a self-starter. Packard like other luxury car makers of the day, was now offering six’s in two sizes to their clientele. The company as many others had dropped all of the four cylinder models after 1912.

Just above is part of ad that was in The Automobile Magazine, Feb. 27, 1913 touting the advantages of the new smaller six.

They as in the past, kept refining the body work offered always aiming toward the high end of the market. Two shown here aimed at the elite are the Enclosed Drive Limousine above and at the left below what Packard call the Cab Side Landaulet, which featured a collapsable rear top section for nice weather with an open front for the chauffeur. The popular Model 48 touring car is shown below with and without side curtains.

The Model 38 was offered in eleven different body styles and the 48 with eight different choices. The 38 only carried up to five-passengers as opposed to the seven passenger capacity of the larger car. Photos from the Rod Blood Collection courtesy of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum.


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The 1912 Packard Models and the New Model 48 Six Cylinder

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.


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Billy Campbell’s Packard – Visalia Road Race 1913

 By:  Leigh Dorrington:

These photos show what looks like a Packard Six Model 48 entered and driven by its owner, W. S. “Billy” Campbell with mechanician C. W. Brady in the 100 mile free-for-all road race at Visalia, California on July 4, 1913.  Our database of early race results confirms that Campbell and his Packard finished first in the race, which was a non-AAA event.

The Packard Six was introduced in April 1911 and soon replaced the Model 30 that ended production in 1912.  The first Packard Six offered a 48 hp six-cylinder engine and a wide range of body styles on 108” to 133” wheelbases, plus a large touring car on a 139” wheelbase.  The Packard Six was an expensive automobile, with prices ranging from $4,900 to $6,250.

Campbell’s #16 Packard is a stock chassis, stripped of fenders, body and accessories.  Features that help to identify the car as an early Model 48 include the right hand location of the steering wheel, the round front axle and hand crank, all of which passed out of Packard 48 production after 1913.  The first photo shows the team posing for the camera before the start of the race.

The caption on the second photo reads, “Making the oak tree turn at 55 mi. per-(sic) In the 100 mi. Free for all Visalia Road Race”.  The race was run on a 3.1-mile rectangular course around Visalia, located in the San Joaquin Valley in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains roughly half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco and sometimes called the “Gateway to the Sequoias”.

Campbell and Brady are shown above shortly after winning the race.

Visalia hosted two race events in the previous year of 1912, on July 4 over a distance of 100 miles and on November 28 over 150 miles.  Harry Sprague on a National won the latter race.  The second-place finisher in the July 4, 1913 event is also shown as a National—carrying the #1, perhaps from the previous November victory, although the name of the driver of the National is not identified. Photos from the Rod Blood Collection courtesy of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum

Historical Note:  We believe the correct date of the Visalia race shown in these photos to be 1913 based on correlation with early race records.

The date has also been published as July 4, 1914. 

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