Written and researched by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewski, B.F.A.
1931 Packard boattail speedster
Packard - Table of Contents
TIMELINE OF THE PACKARD:
- 1899-Packard emerges as a new car maker
- James Ward Packard constructs his first automobile and runs it on November 6, 1899, in Warren, Ohio (Trumbull County).
- Packard (1900) Forty-nine (49) cars were made and Packard ranks #4 in production. The newest Packards, introduced late in the year, features a steering wheel to replace the usual tiller.
- 1901 - Packard produces 81 cars, ranking #7 in production in the United States.
- Studebaker begins electric car production. They began in 1852 building horse-drawn wagons and carriages.
- 1902 - Packard changes its name from Ohio Automobile Company to Packard Motor Car Company.
- Packard produces 179 automobiles, and ranks #6 in production.
- Packard patents the "H" gearshift slot plot pattern, which will soon become commonplace.
- Until 1903, all Packards are single-cylinder machines
- A four cylinder Packard Model K debuts.
- The Packard firm changes its name from Ohio Automobile Company to Packard Motor Car Company.
- On January 3, 1904, Charles Schmidt drove a Packard Gray Wolf racer to new one-and five-mile records at Daytona Beach, Florida.
- Single-cylinder Packards fade away, leaving only fours through 1911.
- The 1906 model of the Packard roadster, had the first of the marque's T-head engines, which incorporated magneto jump spark ignition. The T-head, a four, replaced the 349.9 cubic inches and produced 24 bhp.
- Packard's T-head four has a greater displacement: 431.0-cid, good for 30 horsepower. Buick adopts this engine.
- Despite a depressed economy Ford and Packard both earn $1-milion-plus-profits.
- In the 1907 model year, Packard produces 1,403 cars, and is 8th in order of production (Ford is number one with 14,887).
- Packard adopts a dry multiple-disc clutch.
- A loaded Packard is the first truck to make a westbound transcontinental crossing, in 46 days.
- The Packard's Twin Six, is the first American V-12. It is also the first engine to use aluminum pistons.
- Packard abandons its six-cylinder engine (temporarily) after 1916, producing only the Twin Six until 1921.
- Packard builds a 500-acre proving ground in Utica, Michigan.
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