Saturday, March 2, 2024

Ask The Man Who Owned One

Packard was a brand of automobile founded in the end of the 19th century and lasted until 1957.  They were known for making very high-quality cars on the same level as Cadillac, and along with two other brands — Peerless and Pierce-Arrow — were sought after by the most discriminating American car buyers.  Unfortunately, after World War II — during which time Packard contributed to the war effort by making airplane engines — the company tried to recover from the war by building less expensive automobiles to reach a new market.  It was a failure, and a merger in the mid-1950’s with Studebaker, also in distress, killed the brand.  Their slogan — Ask The Man Who Owns One — sadly became past tense.

But in the beginning, as Jay Leno shows us, they were fine cars.