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The Packard Bookshelf


While plenty of books have been written about Packard since the last one rolled off the line, many enthusiasts - both new and old - often ask the same question: "Read any good books lately?"

You could try searching the Internet, looking for any title containing the word "Packard", but wading through the results can be quite a chore. Yet, there are several titles that are not only "out of print", but downright obscure. To provide a single point of reference to collect information about these books, we have established The Packard Bookshelf.

As a number that uniquely identifies each title and edition, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) may be the single, most important piece of information for locating books. However, there are some books that have no ISBN - perhaps because they were either published privately or before that numbering standard was implemented. You can still search for those by their title, author, and publisher, but images of the front cover or dust jacket, where provided, will help "book spotters".

Titles are listed below - alphabetically. If you have an edition that isnt already listed, and can supply the basic details, an image, and a brief, yet objective synopsis, click the "Add NEW Book..." link that follows this introduction. If you would like to leave a personal critique for an existing entry, click the "Add" link next to the Comments flag , just below its synopsis. However, you must be signed-in to add (or edit) your contributions.

1933 / 1934 The Packard Shop Manual


Author: Edward J. Blend
Format: Hardback, 121 pages
ISBN: none
Publisher: Andreas Straube / www.packard-reprints.com (2015)
Status: In Print
List Price: $ 95

To the best of Ed´s knowledge, there never was a repair manual issued or prepared by the factory for any of the series of twelve cylinder Packard cars built between 1932 and 1934. An intensive interest in these series for the past forty years has seen his files of prepared factory releases, personal experiences and reflections with other owners, become a nucleus for future owners to refer to in years to come, after the present owners have become history themselves. Naturally, there was a spill-over back into the tenth series, since his experiences were heavily into the eleventh series. Mechanically the cars share many of the same mechanical components, differences being mostly in the cosmetic area. - Packard1934

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Ask The Man Who Owns One


Author: Arthur W Einstein Jr.
Format: Hardback, 259 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7864-4773-2
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc (2010)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: $49.95

A history of Packard Advertising. Some thoughts behind various campaigns and themes and how they compared to or responded to other manufacturers. How things developed during wartime and where the focus changed or adapted. Interesting reading with some backstory on personalities involved and decisions made (or not made) which might have contributed to the outcome. Many B&W ads, some color plates representing the entire production from Ohio to SouthBend. - HH56

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Automobile Quarterly, Volume 1, Number 3


Author: L. Scott Bailey, Editor
Format: Hardback, 104 pages
ISBN: N/A
Publisher: Automobile Quarterly (Fall 1962)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: N/A

While technically not a book but a periodical and thus perhaps something that really doesn't belong here, this publication is just so historic and relevant to Packard that it shouldn't be omitted. The volume, published at the time that the Studebaker-Packard Corp. chose to eliminate the word Packard from their corporate name, is essentially a very eloquent eulogy to Packard. This issue contains several articles not related to Packard, but the keynote article (25 pages), "Packard - A Great Name Passes On", written by Tom Mahoney, includes a brief history, some excellent photos for which Automobile Quarterly is reknown, and some wonderful prose which may even bring a tear to the eye of the reader. - Owen_Dyneto

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Cars of the 50's


Author: James M. Flammang & auto editors of Consumer Guide
Format: Hardback, 416 pages
ISBN: 13: 978-1-4127-7118-4
Publisher: Publications International, Ltd (2008)
Status: In Print
List Price: N/A

A compilation of 50's cars with some very nice photos and illustrations. Surprisingly, while there are a few, most are not the usual photos of one or two popular models as commonly seen in all the compilation books. Actual photos and illustrations of other models as well. Some photos of brochures and also some interior shots as well as a brief history per year. - HH56

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Creative Industries of Detroit–The Untold Story of Detroit's....


Author: Leon Dixon
Format: Soft Cover, 195 pages
ISBN: 978-1-61325-213-0
Publisher: CarTech, Inc. (February, 2017)
Status: In Print
List Price: $39.95

While this isn't a book strictly on Packards, it contains never-before seen photographs and inside information on postwar Packard concepts, etc. Includes untold background and accurate information on Pan American, Panthers, Saga-Macauley, Caribbeans (including 1955 hardtops), the Request, Predictor and much more. Inside information on behind-the-scenes with Richard Teague, James Nance, Edward Macauley, and more. And for the first time ever, the inside story on the connection of Packard, Creative Industries AND Mitchell-Bentley Corporation. - Leeedy

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Fifties Stylish American Cars (A Decade of Dazzle)


Author: Henry Rasmussen
Format: Hardback, 128 pages
ISBN: 087938249X
Publisher: Motorbooks International (1987)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: N/A

While this book is not at all exclusively dedicated to Packard, it features a stunning 1955 Caribbean, in color - purchased new by Howard Hughes for actress Jean Peters, who would later become his wife. This same car was also featured in a Motor Trend Retrospective article back in the 1970s – one of the first articles I read about my favorite Packards. - BH

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Comment by: cli55er
i have this book
Comment by: Leeedy
The Howard Hughes/Jean Peters 1955 Caribbean was also featured in the 1970s in The Packard Cormorant magazine, with an accurate and much more in-depth look at this particular car. TPC is the glossy magazine of The Packard Club.

Illustrated Packard Buyers Guide: All Packard Cars and Commercial Vehicles, 1899 to 1958


Author: Richard M. Langworth
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN: 0879384271
Publisher: Motorbooks International (January 1, 1992)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: $16.95

Written by the highly-respected and long-time editor of PAC's quarterly magazine, The Packard Cormorant, there is no better beginning reference than this title for anyone who is new to Packard automobiles and is considering buying one.

You might find this title in circulation at larger libraries with a substantial automotive selection, but keep in mind that vehicle pricing is going to be sorely out of date with this original edition. The asking price for mint used copies is so high that you have to wonder why a second, updated edition isn't forthcoming. - BH

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Images of America - Packard Motor Car Company


Author: Evan P. Ide with Foreword by Joseph S. Freeman
Format: Soft Cover, 128 pages
ISBN: 0-785-1208-7
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (2003)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: $19.99

This is a book of rare Packard photographs with descriptive captions. Roderick Blood traded a Packard automobile for a filing cabinet salvaged from the PMCC when it closed its doors in 1957. Blood’s cabinet containing photographs, company correspondence, manuscripts, and letters from James Ward Packard was given to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum upon Blood’s death in 1966. The author, the museum's curator, recently rediscovered the Blood-Packard collection and found it contained factory photographs of Packard automobiles that were thought to have been lost forever. These photos are the subject of the book. The photos cover the periods from the company’s beginning in 1899 in Warren, Ohio to the 1930s. A short chapter is devoted to racing Packards. It is a library must for anyone interested in the marque. - JW

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Just Packards


Author: Edited by Brian Earnest
Format: Soft Cover, 139 pages
ISBN: 13:978-1-4402-1427-1
Publisher: Krause Publications, FW Media (2010)
Status: In Print
List Price: $12.99

A brief series of articles on Packards from about 1921 forward. Some articles on dealerships and personalities & the program to save the proving grounds. Some thoughts on various features & why some might have helped & some didn't or were too late to help save the marque. It appears to be a compilation of articles which may have appeared in Old Cars News. Black and White photos accompany most articles. - HH56

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Master Motor Builders


Author: Robert J. Neal
Format: Hardback, 366 pages
ISBN: 0-9647483-1-2
Publisher: Aero-Marine History Publishing Company
Status: In Print
List Price: N/A

Here is a very serious book that should be in the bookshelf of any serious Packard fan. Along with its companion book "Packards at Speed", it's professionally and exhaustively researched, profusely illustrated with both archival and current photos and engineering diagrams, and elegantly printed on very high quality paper. Its 10 chapters cover the Liberty engine, first commercial aero and marine engines, 4 valve designs, diesel engines, World War II designs and production, the postwar era, and comments on the financial impact of non-automotive production to Packard's bottom line. Also included are biographies of noteable inventors, and 10 appendices of production statistics. - Owen_Dyneto

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Miller-Meteor: The Complete Illustrated History


Author: Thomas C. McPherson
Format: Hardback, 320 pages
ISBN: 1583882588
Publisher: Iconografix, Inc. (May 15, 2010)
Status: In Print
List Price: $79.95

Includes a tremendous amount of information and photographs detailing Packard's involvement in the professional car industry. Professional cars with Packard chassis were constructed by the A. J. Miller Company of Bellefontaine, Ohio from 1926 through 1937 and by Meteor in 1935. These vehicles are all detailed and illustrated in this book. - BigKev

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More than Automobiles- - The Packards of Warren, Ohio


Author: A. J. Balfour
Format: Hardback, 110 pages
ISBN: 978-945306-11-2
Publisher: M. T. Publishing Co. (2016)
Status: In Print
List Price: N/A

Primarily a history of the Packard family of Warren OH from the patriarch Warren thru his sons and daughters, their lives, successes and failures, their homes and country homes, etc. Highly recommended if you have an interest in the family that included James Ward and William Dowd Packard. - Owen_Dyneto

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Packard


Author: Dennis Adler
Format: Paperback, 156 pages
ISBN: 0-7603-1928-6
Publisher: Motorbooks International (2004 pb (1998 hb))
Status: In Print
List Price: $24.95 US

With a Forward written by Jay Leno, Dennis Adler tells the story of the Packard Motorcar using 180 glossy photos (color and B&W) in eleven separate chapters. Many historic photos of factory production, dealers, development, and advertising accompany Adler’s narration of the Packard story. Featured Model photo-stories include: The 1910 Model Eighteen, the 1932 Twin Six, 1933 Dietrich Packard displayed at the 1933 Chicago Worlds Fair; and a 1942 Packard One-Eighty Darrin Victoria, Each chapter is about ten pages (except chapter five which is 35 pages). Chapter titles include: 1) The Customer Is Always Right- Early Packards; 2) East Grand Boulevard - The Move to Detroit; 3) First Great Packard Automobiles 1904-1919; 4) Packard Sets the Standard 1920-1929; 5) An American Classic 1930-1940; 6) The Darrin Packards - A Touch of Dutch; 7) Packard Abroad - European Coachwork; 8) The Proving Grounds - Ask the Men Who Test Them; 9) The Clipper - Redesigning Packard In Its Own Image; 10) Postwar Packards; 11)The Road To Ruin - Studebaker-Packard. Very readable, affordable and In-Print, this volume is richly done. Available from Classic Motorbooks at 1-800-826-6600 or www.motorbooks.com DanL - 41ParPack

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PACKARD The Warren Years


Author: Terry Martin
Format: Soft Cover, 182 pages
ISBN: 978-1-893619-61-6
Publisher: Historical Publishing Network & The National Packard Museum (2006)
Status: In Print
List Price: N/A

Author Terry Martin, also author of the first 4 chapters of the Kimes-edited tome, subsequently came into possession of some historical data from a George Weiss ledger book kept by W. D. Packard; this new information required revision to some of the previously published early history which this work presents. A must for those interested in the very early years of Packard prior to the move to Detroit. Illustrated with B&W illustrations and with several indices on the production of the Models A thru F. - Owen_Dyneto

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Packard (Crestline)


Author: George H. Dammann & James A. Wren
Format: Hardback, 448 pages
ISBN: 0760301042
Publisher: Motorbooks International (June 1, 1996)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: $39.95

Though some people may nitpick on the format, content, and depth of these books, I fondly remember discovering the Crestline series on other brands, back in the late 1970s. Some 20 years later, they finally put out an edition on Packard. While the modern cover treatment isn't quite as lavish, the layout has a decidedly different feel to it. The pages aren't the glossy stock that I admired in those editions from decades earlier, but this one is all about Packards and every year is covered.

NOTE: Cover is engraved in a bright chrome-like color that scans dark. - BH

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PACKARD - Mascots, Hood Ornaments, Trademarks, Moto-Meters


Author: Walt Harris
Format: Soft Cover, 122 pages
ISBN: 0-9727383-0-4
Publisher: Self-published? (2000)
Status: Unknown
List Price: N/A

This is a book with minimal text, mostly comprising illustrations and captions. The chapters are (1) the story of the pelican, (2) trademarks and logos, (3) moto-meters, and (4) mascots, those subdivided into Twin Six, Goddesses of Speed, Adonis, Pelicans and Swans, Ring of Fire, and Streamlined ornaments. Included is an index of design patents and mascots. The author has searched the Patent and Trademark (div. of Dept. of Commerce) archives and many of the illustrations are copies of the front page of design/trademark patents showing the item covered and identifying the inventor, assignee, and date. A tightly focused topic and a quick read, yet quite worthwhile if this is your cup of tea. - Owen_Dyneto

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PACKARD -- A Chronology of the Company the Cars and the People.


Author: Robert B. Marvin
Format: Hardback, 456 pages
ISBN: N/A
Publisher: R-Mac Publications (1994)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: 64.90

As the title states, this is a history of the company called by year.. There are photos, brief descriptions of models with data, and other significant happenings for the particular year. There are a few appendices with prominent personalities and companies and their relationship to Packard as well as databases of cars and known owners as of publication date - HH56

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Packard 1899-1942


Author: Mitch and Ted Mayborn
Format: Hardback, 48 pages
ISBN: 0-913490-01--6
Publisher: Highland Enterprises (1973)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: $2.98

This picture book is a chronological collection of Packard advertisements spanning 1899 to 1942. It not only has adverts about the various Packard models, but also enginnering features that Packard developed, and War effort advertisements. If you are into vintage adverts, then this is a nice little piece. But there is very little in terms on new information in these collection of images.. - BigKev

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PACKARD 1940 a pivotal year


Author: James Hollingsworth
Format: Soft Cover, 257 pages
ISBN: N/A
Publisher: Self-Published (February 6, 2002)
Status: In Print
List Price: N/A

This book is a must have for every 1940 owner and anyone looking for detailed information on the 1940 Packard line of fine automobiles. Mr. Hollingsworth covers sales overview, intro of the ’40, dealers and distributors, production by model and body type, series identification, custom cars, commercial cars, pricing, color & upholstery, accessories, air-conditioning, advertising and promotion, technical data, and end of production year and model. This book is full of facts along with supporting images, factory letters, and other related documentation. The chapter concerning air-conditioning is particularly interesting providing excellent detailed information beyond most other publications. Mr. Hollingsworth spent many years, along with other contributors gathering and compiling information specific to this year in order to provide the most accurate and historically correct data for the 1940 enthusiast. Whether maintaining or restoring, this is a fun and enlightening read that is certain educate. - 39super8

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Packard 1948 To 1950


Author: Robert J. Neal
Format: Hardback, 291 pages
ISBN: 0-9647483-2-3
Publisher: Aero-Marine History Publishing Company (2011)
Status: In Print
List Price: $60

Another expertly researched and illustrated book by well-known Packard historian and author Robert J. Neal. It deals exclusively with the 22nd and 23rd series Packards from early design studies to the end of the 1950 production, unraveling many of the mysteries and curiousities these cars have presented over the years. Special chapters on the convertibles, taxicabs, station sedans, long-wheelbase cars, export cars, custom body cars, and the Henney vehicles, in all sixteen chapters and four appendeces. Highly recommended. - Owen_Dyneto

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Packard Automobile Company - Tools and Jacks


Author: Donald E. Reedy and Danny D. Shaub
Format: Hardback, 61 pages
ISBN: None
Publisher: Self-published (2008)
Status: In Print
List Price: $50 + $5 S&H

If you have an interest in jacks and kit hand tools (those tools that would have come with the car) this little publication should prove interesting. Much of it was not new to me, but then I've also collected this kind of information for some years. But I suspect for most Packard folks and especially those new to the hobby it will be new information. The "book" is called a work-in-progress by the authors, indicating new information may become available over time. The publication is actually a 3-ring binder with the contents printed, both in color and B&W on heavy card-stock paper. There are illustrations of most Packard jacks from the mid-teens thru 1956 often with manufacturer's name and/or number indicated, and of hand tools like hammers, screwdrivers, open end and monkey wrenches, tire gauges, ignition wrenches, water pump packing nut wrenches, etc. There is a short section at the end of modern items for sale like tool and jack bags and the like. - Owen_Dyneto

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Packard Cars 1920-1942


Author: Compiled by R. M. Clarke
Format: Paperback, 100 pages
ISBN: N/A
Publisher: Brooklands Books, England
Status: Unknown
List Price: N/A

A compilation of advertisements, photos, road tests, and published factory data from a British perspective. Includes illustrations and photos of RHD cars. - HH56

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Packard Gold Portfolio 1946-1958


Author: R.M. Clarke
Format: Paperback, 180 pages
ISBN: 1870642198
Publisher: Motorbooks International / Brooklands Books (January 9, 1988)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: N/A

There is not one single shred of new material in this book, but it is a collection of interesting articles from leading magazines of the times. It seems to be out of print in the US, but appears to be available for purchase in the UK and EU at present. Brooklands produced a series of this type of book for many different marques. - BH

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Packard Illustrated


Author: N/A
Format: Hardback, 62 pages
ISBN: N/A
Publisher: Sunshine Publishing (1975)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: 12.95

This was to have been a quarterly publication but I believe only one or two were actually done. It is a hardback book similar to Automobile Quarterly in quality and intent but exclusively Packard in content. - HH56

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Packard Motor Cars 1946-1958 Photo Archive


Author: Edited by Mark A Patrick
Format: Hardback, 126 pages
ISBN: 1-882256-45-X
Publisher: Iconografix (1996)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: 29.95

Photos from Detroit Public Library's National Auto History Collection. - HH56

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Packard: A History in Ads ... 1903-1956


Author: Gwilym G. Griffiths
Format: Hardback, 72 pages
ISBN: Libr of Congress No. 72-141464
Publisher: Gwilym G. Griffiths, Timonium, Maryland (1970)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: N/A

Griffiths' self-published 8 1/2" X 11" volume gathers 65 ads that give a visual history of Packard Motor Company as it presented itself to the consuming public for nearly sixty years. A brief paragraph accompanies each ad with history and comment about the ad, its time, Packard events, and world events that surrounded it. Unfortunately, this volume is printed in B&W. Readers will need to find other sources (some on this Packard Info website) to enjoy the colors of 1926-1956 Packard renderings and artwork. Packard was a consistent advertiser in the Saturday Evening Post from 1903 to 1956. Color ads were introduced in 1926 by the Austin Bement agency. They used "fine art paintings and beautiful car renderings" throughout the 20s and 30s. The Young & Rubicam agency represented Packard from 1932 until 1952. They introduced the One-Twenty models, the Packard Six, and the Clipper. Griffiths includes a 3 page listing of over 1500 ads by year, month and page location as they appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Collier's Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Country Life, National Geographic, and Holiday Magazine. Some of these deserve posting separately. Enjoy! DanL - 41ParPack

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Packard: A History of the Motor Car and the Company


Author: Martin, Bradley, et al.
Format: Hardback, 828 pages
ISBN: 0915038110
Publisher: Automobile Quarterly (June 1, 1978)
Status: In Print
List Price: $75.00

While other books dedicated to the marque have been published before and since, none of them come close to the scope and quality of writing of this one. It's not surprising, then, that many refer to this book as the Packard enthusiast's "bible".

This entry represents the second printing of the first, general edition, and there have been multiple printings. Yet, the general edition was preceded by an expensive limited-edition (ISBN 0525174397) that was bound in red leatherette, with gilt edges, an engraved Packard emblem on cover and spine, presented in a matching slip case, and accompanied by numbered certificate of authenticity.

Although the more affordable general edition actually fell out of print, Automobile Quarterly issued a new edition/printing of this title in 2003 (ISBN 0971146810). - BigKev

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Packard: A History Of The Motor Car And The Company


Author: Martin, Bradley, et al.
Format: Hardback, 828 pages
ISBN: 0-525-17439-7 E.P. Dutton
Publisher: Princeton Publishing Inc. (November 15, 1978)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: 200.00

The limited edition of the book that is listed with the same name. see description for that book, it is the same book. - BigKev

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Packard: Ask The Man Who Owned One


Author: Otto A. Schroeder
Format: Hardback, 379 pages
ISBN: 0911160639
Publisher: Post-Era Books (June 1, 1974)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: N/A

A brief history of the inception of Packard Motor Car Company through 1901 is covered in a little over a dozen pages. The rest of the book consists of black and white reproductions of Packard advertising from 1902 through 1942 - from the personal collection of the author and J.L. Elbert. - BH

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Packard: The Complete Story


Author: Michael G.H. Scott
Format: Hardback, 201 pages
ISBN: 0830621083
Publisher: Tab Books (October 1, 1985)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: $24.95

Several books on Packard were published over the 1980s and into the 1990s, and this is just one of them. Covering the marque's history from 1899 though 1962, it is peppered with photos and advertisements (though none of them in color), plus a few factory and dealer letters and a few annual reports from pre-war years. The author also devotes a few brief chapters to his personal thoughts on originality, tips on restoration, and sources for parts and service. - BH

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Packard: The Pride


Author: J. M. (Julie) Fenster & Roy D. Query
Format: Hardback, 208 pages
ISBN: 0915038692
Publisher: Automobile Quarterly Publications (October 1989)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: $69.95

Though published by AQ, don't mistake this as any sort of follow-up to the Kimes book. Instead, it is an appreciation - one rich with color photos - of 32 specifically-selected Packards. The last entry is an original design by Dick Teague (one of his last), and rendered by Ken Eberts, for a 1999 Packard Twelve Patrician.

I believe this title was previously released in a limited-edition (1000 copies) leather-bound format (ISBN 0915038668).

However, it appears to have been reissued in a standard edition, with a much lower price (ISBN 0971146829) - available direct from Automobile Quarterly. - BH

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Packards at Speed


Author: Robert J. Neal
Format: Hardback, 342 pages
ISBN: 0-9647483-0-4
Publisher: Aero-Marine History Publishing Company (1995)
Status: Unknown
List Price: N/A

Like the companion "Master Motor Builders", here's a very serious book deserving to be on every Packard fan's bookshelf. Professionally and exhaustive researched, profusely illustrated with archival and current photographs, and printed on very high quality paper, the 13 chapters cover the design, manufacture and performance of Packard's various aero, marine and automotive engines. Eight appendices give race and performance statistics of some of the more noteworthy events such as the Gold Cup, Detroit Sweepstakes, etc. - Owen_Dyneto

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Revived From The Dead


Author: Billy E. Kennerly
Format: Hardback, 88 pages
ISBN: 0-9671271-0-6
Publisher: Kennerly Enterprises (1999)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: 17.95

Description, pictures of trials & tribulations when restoring a 1955 400. Somewhat interesting and amusing read as we have all been there at some point. - HH56

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Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942 (3rd Edition)


Author: Beverly R. Kimes, Henry Austin Clark, Ralph Dunwoodie
Format: Paperback, 1612 pages
ISBN: 978-0873414289
Publisher: Krause Publications (May 1996 )
Status: Out of Print
List Price: N/A

This new revised edition is the indepth reference guide for American automobiles manufactured from 1805 to 1942. With more than 5,000 photos and histories of American cars and their companies. This is one of the most extensive automobile reference available. It covers all the standard Packard production models from 1899-1942. List models specification, production values, list price, and options available. - BigKev

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Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1946-1975


Author: John Gunnell (Editor)
Format: Paperback, 975 pages
ISBN: 978-0873494618
Publisher: Krause Publications (April 2002)
Status: In Print
List Price: $44.00

This new revised edition is the indepth reference guide for American automobiles manufactured from 1946 to 1975. With more than 2,800 photos and histories of American cars and their companies. This is one of the most extensive automobile references available. It covers all the standard Packard production models from 1946-1958. List models specification, production values, list price, and options available. - BigKev

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Standard Catalog of Independents


Author: Edited by Ron Kowalke
Format: Soft Cover, 400 pages
ISBN: 0-87341-569-8
Publisher: Krause Publications (1999)
Status: Unknown
List Price: $21.95

A book covering independents. Packard is one of many but of the approx 360 pages devoted to the 19 various make cars, Packard has 50 of them. Black and white photos, specifications, production data, price, weight, standard equipment list and some prices of options in various models. The Packard section is broken down into pre and post war and compiled by two individuals. A fairly decent amount of information. There is a circa 1999 price guide in the last pages. - HH56

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STUDEBAKER: The Life and Death of an American Corporation


Author: Donald T. Critchlow
Format: Hardback, 273 pages
ISBN: 0-253-33065-3
Publisher: Indiana University Press (1996)
Status: Unknown
List Price: N/A

This is a book on the demise of Studebaker (and Packard) from another perspective. There is a chapter on the merger and also mentions of problems before and resulting ones after. Either due to personality, cash & lack therof, culture, labor, other competing interests, various reasons for the demise are explored. The actual text is 190 pages but it is well researched with bibliography & footnotes in the remaining pages. Somewhat dry at times but nevertheless an interesting read. - HH56

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The 8- & 12-Cylinder Packards, 1923-1942


Author: Smith Hempstone Oliver
Format: Soft Cover, 10 pages
ISBN: n/a
Publisher: Profile Publications (UK)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: $.50

This little 10-page booklet is profile #94 in a series of profiles on noteworthy cars. It includes brief sections on the 8-cylinder engine, chassis, Packard Proving Grounds, refinements and improvements, the 12-cylinder engine, racing experiments, and the last Classic Packards. Brief and abbreviated it is, but nicely illustrated in color and B&W, and a good introduction "in a nutshell" to the era. - Owen_Dyneto

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The Coachbuilt Packard


Author: Hugo Pfau
Format: Hardback, 224 pages
ISBN: 0901564 109
Publisher: Dalton Watson Ltd., London (1973)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: N/A

This book is primariy a collection of captioned photos from private collections and the archives of the major coachbuilders of the Classic era including Packard Custom Body Division, Brewster, Darrin, Derham, Dietrich, Fleetwood, Holbrook, Judkins, LeBaron, Rollston, Waterhouse, and Willoughby as well as some minor American and several European builders. Pfau was of course a principal in the custom body-building industry and writes with first-hand knowledge. There is no coverage of post WW II vehicles. - Owen_Dyneto

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The Custom Body Era


Author: Hugo Pfau
Format: Hardback, 232 pages
ISBN: (SBN 498 06767X)
Publisher: A. S. Barnes & Co., NY, USA & Thomas Yuseloff Ltd., London (1970)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: N/A

While a case might be made for not including this book here because it is not wholly devoted to Packard, this is still THE book on the coachbuilding industry thru the true Classic era. Pfau was of course a principal in the companies that designed and produced these bodies, starting with LeBaron in NYC and he writes from first hand experience and his personal archives. There are sections on LeBaron, Brewster, Locke, Derham, Fleetwood, Brunn, Willoughby, Holbrook, Judkins, Dietrich and many other US coachbuilders. This is followed by individual sections on the chassis including Lincoln, Packard (71 pages), Cadillac, Chrysler, Pierce Arrow, Stutz, Duesenberg, Marmon, Franklin, Locomobile, Studebaker, and others. This is followed by a chapter on foreign chassis including Hispano-Suiza, Rolls-Royce, Isotta-Fraschini, Minerva, Mercedes Benz, Renault, Voisin, Lancia, Bugatti, and yet others. This is followed by a section on the actual nuts-and-bolts of how bodies were designed and manufactured with some detail on interior trim, top materials, paint and color, brightwork, and chassis modifications. If you're interested in this type of history, this is a wonderful book. Illustrated of course. Sorry, the dust jacket is long since lost, the photo is of the title page. - Owen_Dyneto

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The Fall of the Packard Motor Car Company


Author: James A. Ward
Format: Hardback, 324 pages
ISBN: 0804724571
Publisher: Stanford University Press (September 1, 1995)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: $60.00

Few books can hold a candle to the Kimes/AQ History..., but it never adequately answered one question that is asked by many: "How could a company that built such magnificent automobiles go out of business?" That's where this title picks up.

This book wasn't written by a group of loyal enthusiasts, but based on in-depth, well-balanced, research. Legend has it that Ward's treatise was so highly regarded by the academic public at the time that many business colleges made it required reading. That may very well be why it was later released in paperback (ISBN 0804731659). - BH

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The Hemmings Motor News Book of PACKARDS


Author: Various including Arch Brown, George Hamlin, Bud Juneau
Format: Hardback, 120 pages
ISBN: 0-917808-58-4
Publisher: Hemmings Motor News, Collector Car Publications (2001)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: $14.95

Drive reports,competitor comparisons, specifications and historical reviews of 14 Packard models from 1928 to 1958 taken from Hemmings Special Interest Autos magazine. Tests include a 1928 526,1930 734 Speedster,1932 Light Eight,1937 Six, 1947 Custom Super Clipper, 1948 Station Sedan, 1950 Deluxe Eight,1951 250,1951 300, 1953 Caribbean, 1956 Caribbean, 1956 Patrician, 1958 Packard and finally a Packard by Vignale. Other features include a Packard Model Year Production and other Packard Books List, Packard Engine List and a Packard Club and Specialist List - clipper47

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The Henney Motor Corporation: A Complete History


Author: Tom McPherson
Format: Hardback, 272 pages
ISBN: 978-1-58388-233-7
Publisher: Iconogrpahix (March 15, 2009)
Status: In Print
List Price: $79.95

The only definitive book ever published on Henney and its fabled relationship with Packard. - BigKev

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The Magnificent Packard Twelve of nineteen thirty four


Author: Edward J. Blend
Format: Hardback, 209 pages
ISBN: none
Publisher: Andreas Straube / www.packard-reprints.com (2015)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: $ 195

An in depth study of one of the world's greatest and most desired automobiles marques. Mr Blend was the acknowledged expert on these fine Classic motorcars. This is a new edition of this rare work. It was published by an admirer of, and owner of, a Packard Twelve and includes color renditions of the advertisements previously reproduced in black and white. - Packard1934

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The Packard 1942-1962


Author: Nathaniel T. Dawes
Format: Hardback, 220 pages
ISBN: 0498013537
Publisher: A.S. Barnes & Co. (1975)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: N/A

Prior to 1978, this may have been the best account of Packard's postwar era that was available in a single volume, and it also covers a bit of the military product. It includes plenty of photos and renderings (both factory and new), including some concept cars.

Also included are two appendices that feature model identification, price, production info, and specifications for the 21st through 56th Series - picking up where the Turnquist book left off. Additional appendices touch on capacities, basic tune-up info, engine electrical equipment numbers, and grille/year identification.

NOTE: This example came without dust jacket, and the cover is plain black. The image provided here is from title page. - BH

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The Packard Guide


Author: Dr. Robert D. Marvin
Format: Soft Cover, 284 pages
ISBN: None
Publisher: The Robert Marvin Automotive Center (1987)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: N/A

This illustrated book comprises sections including a brief history of Packard (162 pages), methods for assessing the value of a Packard, and a value guide for all models from 1899 to 1958 (the value section is of course well out-of-date). A small companion publication, soft-cover and spiral bound and titled "The Packard Identification Guide" is a useful and handy reference for identifying chassis and body style numbers, wheelbases and engines, again for the period 1899-1958. - Owen_Dyneto

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The Packard Identification Guide Volume One, Second Edition


Author: Dr. Robert B. Marvin
Format: Paperback, 88 pages
ISBN: N/A
Publisher: R-Mac Publications (1990)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: N/A

The book encompasses a section on ID numbers which in most cases are motor numbers and also a detailed explanation of numbering systems with an estimate of the numbers made in each major series. Another section deals with the various models and body styles within each model series followed by the model name, body number, body style, wheelbase and particular information about the engine used (no. cylinders, bore and stroke, no. of main bearings, displacement and horsepower). - clipper47

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The Packard Proving Grounds


Author: Packard Motor Car Foundation
Format: Hardback
ISBN: N/A
Publisher: Packard Motor Car Foundation (New Edition 2010)
Status: In Print
List Price: $25

This DVE, narrated by Ed Hermann (accomplished actor, historian and Packard owner) gives a history thru images and interviews of the Packard Proving Grounds with insight into the cars and the testing methods, as well as the efforts to acquire and restore the facility and make it accessible to the hobby, probably the only Packard corporate facility/structure to be saved in this manner. The production of the DVD was donated and to the Foundation and the profits from the sale go to the benefit of the Proving Grounds. - Owen_Dyneto

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The Packard Story (The Car and the Company)


Author: Robert E. Turnquist
Format: Hardback, 286 pages
ISBN: N/A
Publisher: Somerset Press (undated)
Status: Out of Print
List Price: N/A

This may be the first book published (post-mortem) on the marque, as I've heard that it dates back to 1965. It presents a history, technically, through 1958, but emphasis is on the prewar years. The post-war years are addressed in a single chapter (just 13 pages), but there are several postwar concept and prototype cars featured among the many photos.

Also, a single appendix - consisting of nearly 90 pages - lists production figures, prices, and basic specifications, but only through the 20th Series.

This title appears to have gone through several printings and more than one edition and publisher (and ISBN). It is still available for purchase from Hibernia Auto Restorations. - BH

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