Photo of Robert DiClemente and his 1935 Packard Limousine.
In 1937, ten new Ford automobiles could be purchased for the price of a Packard limousine. In this era before the advent of limousine services, Packards were among the most prestigious makes of car available and owning a Packard limousine was a symbol of achievement for affluent individuals around the world.
Packard limousines were normally driven by a family chauffeur and were massive, powerful, smooth-running vehicles with seating for five people in partitioned passenger compartments. Powered by 8 and 12-cylinder engines, they were not only elegant, they could also outperform the V-12 and V-16 limousines of other manufacturers.
Since the company's beginning in 1899, Packards have carried a mystique for motorists according to enthusiast Bill Lauer whose father and uncle both owned Packards, and who now owns three Packards himself.