Packard's Classic Limousines from America's Past

Posted on July 1, 1985

Photo of Robert DiClemente and his 1935 Packard Limousine.
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. 

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