Monday, July 9, 2012

1911 Packard Model-30 Limousine

  This  fabulous 1911 Packard Model-30 Town Car is 101 Years old  It is the ultimate brass era car! All Original!   This amazing car has only had 3 owners since new. Originally owned by the Whitney banking family in New York, the Packard was then given to the family chauffeur who drove it to New Orleans  where the third owner, a 19 year old college student, saw it in a carriage house/barn. He tracked the second owner to a bar in the French Quarter where he acquired it on the spot in 1947.  He said he took his time and spent the next 5 days traveling in the Packard to Houston  with no overheating problems or break downs of any kind. He stated even in 1948 it drew a crowd everywhere he stopped,  

 The Town Car has been in central Texas ever since,  having been placed in a climate controlled museum. The engine was rebuilt prior to museum display. The upholstery, carpet and paint are all original, except the chauffeurs compartment leather.  It was worn beyond use and was replaced with period black leather. The  mahogany wood work is beautiful and when looking at the undercarriage it's hard to imagine this car was built over 100 years ago!

 The Brass is what sets this car apart from all the rest, when viewing the photos notice all the hinges and most fittings are  Brass, as are the door and grab handles. This car starts with ease and is a pleasure to drive. The car has its license plates from 1914 and 1915 from New York and Louisiana.  In addition the New Orleans city plate from 1914 is attached.

I invite anyone to inspect this great piece of history.