Packard Motor Car Company Detroit
Packard was an american luxury automobile marque built by the packard motor car company of detroit michigan united states the first packard automobiles were produced in 1899 and the last detroit built packard in 1956 when they built the packard predictor their last concept car.
Packard motor car company detroit. The crumbling packard plant in. The former packard motor company plant in detroit is one of the most recognizable symbols of the decline of the city s once vibrant auto industry. During the second world war packard built both marine and aircraft engines in its huge plant on east grand boulevard in detroit which was a legacy of its wwi job of building the famous liberty engine. Packard was a premier nameplate in the united states mentioned in the same breath as duesenberg cadillac pierce arrow and lincoln.
Factory in detroit opened in 1903 is shuttered. The packard motor car company earned fame early on for a four cylinder aluminum speedster called the gray wolf released in 1904. In the years following world war ii the packard motor car company struggled to keep pace with the larger automakers that had purchased smaller. While some look at the packard plant and see decay and ruin we see an opportunity to revive a great name and be a part of the revival of america s greatest city.
The packard club is dedicated to the enjoyment maintenance and accurate restoration and preservation of the products and history of the packard motor car company of detroit michigan a manufacturer of one of the greatest marques in world history. Packard plant pictures and photos 1944 packard annual report the packard motor car company in world war two detroit mi 1899 1958 rest in peace updated 4 21 2020. Automobiles trucks and professional vehicles. The 3 500 000 square foot packard motor car co.
A view of the north half of the packard motor car company s campus from the administration building taken in 2009 updated july 19 2019 by matthew christopher when it opened in 1903 packard s detroit plant was the most advanced auto factory in the world. The crown jewel for packard was the packard factory a 3 5 million square foot complex sprawling across 35 acres. It still stands today a symbol of detroit s long slow decline. Designed by renowned architect albert kahn construction began in 1903.
On land in the air or on the sea. Packard was founded by james ward packard his brother william doud packard and their partner george lewis weiss in.
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