1951 Packard 300 Sedan
PACKARDS OF OREGON
Is dedicated to the preservation
and use of Packard automobiles; to provide a source and exchange
of history, technical assistance and other material related to
the car and to provide and regulate tours, events and exhibition
of the Packard. Ownership of a Packard is not required for
MONTHLY MEETINGS are
open to the public. They are held the second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 PM., At
the Peppermill Restaurant , Aloha, Oregon
chit-chat generally start at 6 PM with the meeting kick of at 7
Phone 541 554 6908
Packard made Packard of course!
Packard was one of the greatest
marques in the history the automobile, projecting the aura, prestige
and excellence unmatched by any other manufacturer in North America
during the years between the two world wars.
Packard has been described as being
the automobile that, “expressed a young America’s striving for
elegance, a tradition, a heritage to match the centuries-old culture
Many consider Packard the only real
competition that Rolls-Royce ever faced.
Packard Motor Car Company produced 1,610,890 automobiles between
1899 and 1958.
Packard produced a famous
advertising slogan that is still being used for other products and
was originated in 1901 by James Packard,
who believed that talking about Packards was a waste of time, best
left to the owners.
When his secretary asked him for a
sales brochure to send to a prospective customer, Packard replied
that they had no literature and to tell the customer to, “Ask the
Man Who Owns One.”
In 1921 Warren G. Harding was the
first American president to be driven in an automobile to his
The automobile was a big,
beautiful, Twelve-cylinder “Twin-Six” Packard.
In 1937 the first car to cross the
brand new Golden Gate Bridge was a Packard.
was also responsible for many automotive “firsts” such as:
First to use a steering wheel instead of a tiller
First to equip cars with balloon (pneumatic) tires as
First to include front and rear bumpers as standard
First to use the selective gear shift with the “H”
First to introduce complete weather-conditioning in
First to provide sun visors
First to provide a package (glove) compartment in the
First American production car to provide four-wheel
brakes as standard equipment
First company to build a 1,000 hp aircraft engine
First to develop and fly a diesel aircraft engine
First American company to offer an L-head,
First American company to offer a V-type,
First automobile company to build a 24-cylinder engine
To find out more about Packards, go to
which provides easy access to the Packards or Oregon Club and other
resources on the Packard Motor Car Company.
An excellent reference is “Packard,
A History of the Motor Car and Company,” by Beverly Rae Kimes.