The Packard motor car company
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Founding of the Packard motor car company
Founded in September 1900, by James Ward Packard, William Doud Packard and their partner, George Lewis Weiss
History of Packard motor car company
History of Packard motor car company
1899: James Ward Packard had purchased a Winton car and was unsatisfied, he decided to write to Alexander Winton with his complaint and suggestions, Mr Winton was not impressed and very offended, so he challenged Packard to build a better car so Packard did, Packard's marque would go on to out last Winton's by many decades
1900: Ohio Automobile Company was formed to manufacturer of their cars while they stayed Packard and were sold as Packard
1902: October 2nd: Impressed by its reliability, Henry Bourne Joy, one of the wealthiest families in Detroit, visited Packard's and enlisted a group of investors such as, Truman Handy Newberry and Russell A, Alger Jr. They refinanced and renamed the company Packard Motor Car Company, with James Ward Packard as president, Russell A, Alger Jr would later become vice president, also Henry Bourne Joy would become general manager and later chairman of the board
1902: October 13th: Introduction of the Packard Motor Car Company
1903: Packard plant on East Grand Boulevard in Detroit opened, at the time it was said it was the world's most modern automobile manufacturing facility
1923: Packard start's using their own Series formula to differentiate its model changeovers
1926: Packard inducted into the Automobile Hall of fame, Macauley took the company to the number one position of design and production of luxury cars in the United States, the company was also highly competitive abroad with markets in sixty one countries
1935: Packard introduce their first sub $1000 car resulting production tripling
1936: Production doubled again
1939: World War begins and Packard begins building airplane engines, notably the Rolls Royce Merlin
1946: Like most other US car makers, Packard begin building automobiles again
1950's: James Nance, Packard's president, believed Packard could no longer survive alone and purchased Studebaker, unaware of Studebaker's financial problems, this resulted in Packard being adversely affected by Studebaker
1954: In the early 50's Packard unsuccessfully produced a restyled "bathtub" model, unable to afford a new design, then Packard stylist Richard Teague was called upon by James Nance to redesign the old body yet again
1955: The new Packard was a sensation when it appeared, unfortunately Cadillac had already captured the luxury market, and sales of Packard's dropped again
1955: Packard was the last automaker to introduce a high compression V8
1956: The 1955 model was updated, but again, unsuccessfully
1957: Studebaker's president, based a car bearing the Packard Clipper nameplate on the market until 1958, due to slow sales he was unable to keep the marque afloat
1959: Studebaker-Packard pull the Packard nameplate from the marketplace in order to focus on their comeback
1960's: Studebaker-Packard approached by French car maker, Facel-Vega, regarding possibilities in rebadging their Facel-Vega Excellence sedan as a Packard for sales in North America, unfortunately the proposal was rejected due to Daimler Benz threatening to pull out of marketing and distribution agreement from 1958, If this were to happen, it would cost Studebaker-Packard more than they could have made with the badge-engineered Packard
1995: Former Phoenix residents Roy and Barbara Gullickson purchased the rights to the Packard name and built a new V12 powered luxury sedan, hoping it would attract support for a short production period.
2003: The V12 luxury sedan was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
2009: The V12 luxury sedan was up for auction in June on Ebay
2009: Mr Gullickson has abandoned the project and has also announced he is seeking to sell his interest in the project for $1.5 million.
What models and types of cars and automobiles does the Packard motor car company produce?
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