Classic Cars - Other
This country has seen a number of car manufacturers come and go over the years, hence why Classic Cars is one of our biggest categories of classified ads here at Want Ad Digest. Of course, as time marches on, cars that are considered to be "classics" will only increase.
Although we have subdivided our Classic Car classifieds into subcategories by model name, we cannot realistically include every single car company and subsequent models. Therefore, if you do not see what you're looking for in the names listed above - Chrysler, Lincoln, Mercedes, etc - then do search our "other" subdivision of classic cars for sale right here. Among the brand names you can find here in Other Classic Cars are Volkswagen, Honda, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volvo, just to name a few.
However, we would like to concentrate here on a lesser known brand name of cars, whose models we do often see available here in Other Classic Cars, and that is Packard. Packard cars have not been produced for many years now, and so if you are a classic car buff and are in the market to buy a used classic car for sale, do consider a Packard, as they are true classic cars that will only get more rare in the years to come.
In 1898, James Ward Packard purchased what he believed to be an unacceptable automobile, and thus he was motivated to build a better one himself. Packard joined forces with his brother in 1898 to start a car manufacturing business called the Ohio Automobile Company; the business was started in Warren, Ohio. By 1902, the company name was changed to Packard Motor Car Company. In 1903, Packard moved its headquarters from Warren to Detroit, Michigan, to join the other major car companies of the time. By 1909, Packard was a well established automobile manufacturer.
Packard was credited with creating the modern steering wheel, in addition to being the first to incorporate the Incline Eight engine; they were also the first to manufacture the 12-cylinder engine. In fact, Packard became known for developing larger and larger engines. Indeed, Packard began to take on a "go big or go home" attitude with their larger, more extensive and more expensive cars, competing with the luxurious Cadillac brand.
To back up for a moment though, one of Packard's first cars was the Model F, also known as the "Old Pacific." It debuted in 1902, and in 1903 made the historic trip from San Francisco to New York in 61 days. That was 3,600 miles the Model F traveled, going up to 25 miles per hour. This Model F consisted of a 138 cubic-inch one-cylinder motor, 12 horsepower, and three speed transmission. Prior to this automobile, Packard primarily produced buggy-type cars, and this car was the introduction of the larger, more sophisticated models that Packard would become known for. In fact, the Model F at the time sold for more than three times the price that Ford was selling their cars for.
Packard in part were able to charge so much for their cars because they cost some costs by not coming out with new models each year, as other companies were doing; sometimes they'd debut in less than a year, other time not until two years would a new model be introduced.
However, the Depression hit Packard as it did many other business, and they never quite revived, despite producing smaller, more affordable vehicles for a time. In 1937, the Packard 115C was introduced with a six-cylinder engine, which Packard had not used on a car since 1927. This car was one of the first lower priced cars Packard attempted to market, but some say this hurt their reputation; the Packard name could no longer be synonymous with higher priced, higher class, luxury vehicles. Packard hung on for quite awhile, but were forced to merge with Studebaker in the late 1950s.
Indeed, if you are into classic cars, do check out Packard cars for sale here in our classic car classifieds. Again, if you do not see what you are looking for in our broader Classic Cars category, do check out the "other" subdivision of classic cars available. And, we have new ads listed all the time, with the most recent at the top of the page. So if you still do not see what you're looking for, do check back soon.
Below, check out links to further resources on classic cars: