The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899 in America, and the last Detroit-built Packard in 1956, when they built the Packard Predictor, their last concept car. Packard bought Studebaker in 1953 and in 1957 and 1958 the Studebakers and Packards looked almost identical
Packard was founded by James Ward Packard, his brother William and their partner, George Lewis Weiss, in the city of Warren, Ohio, where 400 Packard automobiles were built at their factory on Dana Street Northeast, from 1899 to 1903.
When other manufacturers were selling cars from $375 to $1200 Packard concentrated on cars with prices starting at $2,600. Packard developed a following among wealthy purchasers around the world and competing with marques such as Rolls Royce and Cadillac.
In the 1920’s and 1930’s the three major producers of luxury cars in the USA were Peerless, Pierce-Arrow and Packard.
The great depression devastated much of the luxury car market. Peerless ceased production in 1932 and by 1938 Franklin, Marmon, Ruxton, Stearns-Knight, Stutz, Duesenberg, and Pierce-Arrow had all closed. Packard had survived along with the giants – General Motors and Ford.
As with most American car makers the year wars and the 1950’s wreaked havoc with the vision of brand owners. Wartime production saw a virtual cessation in car manufacture and post war material shortages added to the challenges. Packard had, over all the years they were in business, made significantly luxurious, reliable vehicles and were seen as constant innovators in the industry.
Price wars between GM and Ford made life very difficult for smaller producers such as Studebaker, Nash, Hudson and Packard. They all fought valiantly but each in turn faded from the world of the automobile. The last Packard produced in the USA rolled off the assembly line in 1956. Production in Canada continued for a short while and a failed attempt at reviving the brand saw it finally disappear in 1958.
The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.
Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.
The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.
Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle
1916 Packard Twin 6 Touring Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0
1927 Packard 426 Roadster Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0
1934 Series 8 1101 Convertible Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0
1949 Packard Convertible Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0
1953 Packard Caribbean Convertible Mr.choppers [CC BY-SA 3.0
1958 Packard 2 Door Coupe 58L Ebay
1948 Packard Super 8 Classic Cars