From the William Cary Collection


We did not begin the manufacture of gasolene motor vehicles until we had made an exhaustive examination of the various automobiles then on the market.

Having studied the American conditions and requirements, we decided that gasolene was the best propelling force, and in its application we employed those principles which have proved most successful in the French and German machines, modifying them and improving them according to our conception of the ideal motor vehicle.
Our idea was to make a vehicle that would be strong, compact, graceful in build; one which would travel over all sorts of roads, uphill and down, at a high rate of speed, or slowly, as occasion would demand ; a machine requiring the least manipulation on the part of the driver; and. lastly, one that would be absolutely safe.

There was nothing radically new in all this, nor did we intend that there should be. We sought prac¬ticability rather than novelty.
We had a large field to choose from—the motor

vehicles of a hundred makers. We selected the good points of each and avoided the bad ones. Then we were ready to begin work.
It must not be understood that the is in any sense a copy of any other vehicle in existence. It is a distinct creation, and one which fairly bristles with points of merit belonging to none other.
But even then we did not hurry to get our vehicle on the market. We went slowly and with consequent

sureness. We subjected our automobile to the most severe tests. We ran it over all kinds of roads under all kinds of conditions. We learned what it would do and how it would do it. We satisfied ourselves that we were making the best motor vehicle that could be put together.

When we finally placed our automobile on the market we were in a position to say to our customers ;
" This is not a perfect motor vehicle, but it is nearer perfection than any other of which we know. It is an automobile that you can depend upon to carry you to your destination. It is built for service and is so simple that anyone can operate it."
We have given our vehicles many private tests and have kept careful record of their performances in the hands of both amateurs and experts.

The results have fulfilled our fondest hopes. The Packard automobile has proved a SUCCESS. Nor has the good work of our vehicles been con¬fined to private tests ; they have distinguished themselves in public trials

Here is what the Packard automobiles accomplished in the New York-Buffalo Endurance Contest as recorded in the official report of the Automobile Club of America :
Average speed from 12 to 15 miles per hour.
C-24 12 H. P. Packard, average speed, 13.70.
C-56 14 H. P. Packard, " " 12.83.
C-23 12 H. P. Packard, " " 12.79.
C-79 16 H. P. Packard, " " 12.57.

Average speed from 10 to 12 miles per hour.
12 H. P. Packard, average speed, 10.rr.

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