Packard Automobile Club of Australia
Packard Motor Car Co. Pt 2
During the early years there were many achievements made by Packard, these include,
In 1900 Packard introduced the first steering wheel to be used on a production vehicle.
In 1901 Packard entered five vehicles in the New York to Buffalo endurance run, although the majority of vehicles entered did not complete the run all five Packard automobiles finished among the leader
In 1903 A Packard, single cylinder Model F, driven by Mr Tom Fetch Smashed the transcontinental crossing record set by Mr Winton by an amazing 3 days.
These are just some of the many achievements achieved by Packard
The first major produced Packard was the Packard 1903 Model K, this was the last vehicle to be built at the Ohio factory. Even so this vehicle did not sell well. The Model K was said to be the first American 4-cyclinder vehicle produced. It was also the first Packard that had 2 headlights standard and used 12-spoke wheels. Unfortunately this vehicle was too expensive to make and sold for a whopping $7,500. The company ended up loosing more than $200 000 getting the car into production and due to the price only 34 models were sold.
The next vehicle to hit the Packard production line was the Model L, this vehicle cost $4,850 ( $2650 cheaper than the model L,) there were 207 of these vehicles sold. A large improvement on the previous model. Even so, the Packard Company was going to almost double its output with the introduction of its next model. The Packard Model N, it was introduced in November 1904, this was the 9th model that Packard produced, this was the only vehicle available from Packard in 1905 and there were 403 vehicles sold.
Production continued to increase with the introduction of both the Packard 18, 24 and the Packard 30, the vehicles name was based on their horsepower. ex: the Packard 18 delivered 18 horse power. By 1909 Packard sales had made profits of $15 million. Packard was now a major producer of automobiles in America. The Packard Motor Car company became a name that stood for quality and luxury.
In 1911 Packard employment had grown to over 6000 employees and the Packard factory was now covering 33 acres of floor space.
In 1915 Packard introduced the first American 12-cylinder engine which was designed by Alvan Macauley and was known as the twin-six. The Twin-Six was a huge stepping stone for Packard. Sales, profits as well as the companies reputation greatly increased. Sales of the twin-six exceeded 100,000 vehicles for 1916. The Twin-six stood for excellence in engineering. Though in later years the Twin-six was replaced with the straight 8 engine.