Monday, March 14, 2016

Packard Motor Company



One of the big names in the early days of automobiles was the Packard Motor Company. Packards were big, elegant cars. The example above was from the early 1900's. Note the use of snow chains on the back tire. I did not know that chains had been used that early.

In any event, Packard made great cars that are still treasured today by collectors. The company went out of business in the late 1950's.

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  1. I remember reading about some of the first cross-country auto trips, which would have been a bit later than this Packard. Probably 1915-1925. They wouldn't have been in a car this fancy, I'm guessing. While they were in the summer, some of the passes in the Rockies, Sierras, or Cascades, depending on the route, would have still had snow. I recall reading about drivers having to stop to put on and take off chains. Occasionally the chains were used to help get through mud if there wasn't any wood to help made a road to level out the ruts. I've never seen pictures of those early chains, which makes one more great thing about this picture. They don't look quite like modern chains.

    I learned to drive in the mid 1960s on one of the last Packards. It wasn't a fancy car by then, just a big solid one that had been beat up a bit. That made for an inexpensive, reliable used car!

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