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  1. 1903 Packard Pointers
    These are the Packard Pointers Newsletters issues in 1903
  2. 1908 A Family Tour from Ocean to Ocean
    The book published by Packard chronicles a families journey across the USA in 1908 in a Packard. The family ended up setting a new transcontinental record in process.
  3. 1910-11 "The Packard" Newsletter Vols 1-18
    This volumes 1-18 of "The Packard". This was a newsletter produced by Packard. The set (400+ pages) contains a wealth of information, stories and illustrations.
  4. 1913 Packard Sheet Music
    This is 1913 Sheet Music for the song "He'd have to get under- get out and get under" by Bobby North. Featuring a 1913 Packard. Kind of a interesting one-off piece of Music/Packard crossover literature. Neat original piece that is 96 years old.
  5. 1916 "The Packard" Newsletter
    Newsletter issued in 1916. Interesting read.
  6. 1919 Packard Advanced Training School
    This is an internal training book developed by Packard to help train Foremen and Executives at Packard in the different aspects of the General Office and Plant.
  7. 1924 Annual Report Letter (AM-L)
    This letter dated December 26th, 1924 from the desk of Alvan Macauley and sent to all Distributor and Dealers recaps the end of the year financials for Packard.
  8. 1925 Recent Developments in Aircraft Engines - SAE
    This SAE prepared document covers recent development in aircraft engines in 1925
  9. 1928 Packard Employee Handbook
    This is a Packard Employee handbook published in 1928, and given to new employees. An interesting glimpse into the Human Resources department at the factory.
  10. 1929 "Price List on Packard Approved Accessories"
    This is the 1929 Price List on Packard Approved Accessories. This provides the pricing and the index to the Packard Accessory Catalog Index No. 500. (March 1st, 1929)
  11. 1932 Packard Inner Circle Newsletters
    1932 Packard Inner Circle Newsletters
  12. 1934 Accessories Information
    These are the Accessories pages of "Carefully-Planned Appliances Approved by the PACKARD engineering department" and are abstracted from the 1934 Packard Sales Information book.
  13. 1934 Packard History & 120
    This is a small pamphlet that talks about Packard history and the new Packard 120.
  14. 1936 Bendix Stromberg Carburetor Parts
    This is the 1936 replacement parts catalog for Bendix-Stomberg Carburetors for Packard Automobiles.
  15. 1940 Special 40th anniversary of the Packard, Automotive News Annual
    This is special issue of Automotive News commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Packard Motor Car Company in 1940. Packard provided hardbound personalized copies, with the dealer or distributor’s name imprinted on the cover of this special issue, for use of their sales and service staff, and for display in their show rooms and customer waiting areas. It is interesting in that there is a good history of the Packard Motor Car Company to that time. Also interesting are the advertisements from vendors to Packard and other businesses in the automobile industry congratulating the company on its accomplishments.
  16. 1947 Derham Packard for President of Lebanon Documents
    These are documents pertaining to the order of a specially built 1947 Packard Convertible Sedan by Derham for the President of Lebanon.
  17. 1947 Packard Derham Gulf Oil Documents
    These are documents from 1947 in regards to a specially built 1947 Packard Derham Convertible Limo ordered by Gulf Oil as a gift for the Sheik of Kuwait. The documents are letters of correspondence between Gulf Oil, there agents, Packard Dealer, and the Derham. (42 pages)
  18. 1950 Magazine Ad
    Here is a Magazine Ad for Packard automobiles from 1950.
  19. 1951 January Issue of "Packard News"
    This is the January, 1951 Issue of "Packard News" this was the internal Newsletter that was sent out to the dealers, and factory workers.
  20. 1951 Packard Pointers No. 26
    This is the 1951 Packard Pointers No. 26 issue. This was a newsletter for Packard Salemen. This issue covers the Master Salesmen Club, and how to qualify for it. It also shows the current points standing of Salemen around the country.
  21. 1952 Build Sheet and Production Code Chart
    The availability of optional equipment wasn't always clear from the showroom literature or even the parts catalog, but it was spelled out for the dealers for the purpose of ordering and pricing vehicles via factory-issued Trade Letters, which are rather hard to come by these days.
  22. 1953 Dealer Invitation
    This is a 1953 Dealer Invitation sent out to perspective customer to invite them into the dealership to see the new 1953 model.
  23. 1953 Shareholders Invitation Materials
    That is a combination of materials about a program but together to invite Shareholders into the dealers to view the new 1953 models and features.

    This includes a Company letter to the dealer explaining the program. A copy of the shareholder invitation brochure, and an invitation card.
  24. 1954 Build Sheet and Production Code Chart
    The availability of optional equipment wasn't always clear from the showroom literature or even the parts catalog, but it was spelled out for the dealers for the purpose of ordering and pricing vehicles via factory-issued Trade Letters, which are rather hard to come by these days.
  25. 1954 California DMV Registration Card
    This is a scan of the the front and back of a 1954 California DMV Registration card. This was for a 1954 Clipper Super Touring Sedan. It was from Santa Barbara and was bought in November 1954.

    This was tucked in the front of my 1954 Clipper Owners manual that I bought. Obviously this was not for my car. But perhaps someone out there knows what happened to this car, or its original owner. :D
  26. 1954 Spring Salon Invitation
    Blank (non addressed) Invitation for 'Civic Leaders and Special Guests' to come the 1954 Spring Salon.
  27. 1955 "Torsion Level" Sales Presentation Letter
    This is a very interesting letter from PMCC to all the dealers and salesmen on how to properly demonstrate the Torsion Level suspension that was new for 1955 to customers.
  28. 1955 Build Sheet and Production Code Chart
    The availability of optional equipment wasn't always clear from the showroom literature or even the parts catalog, but it was spelled out for the dealers for the purpose of ordering and pricing vehicles via factory-issued Trade Letters, which are rather hard to come by these days.

    To help decode build sheets and production orders and figure out what equipment your car came with as standard and what else was available, optionally, this information has now been summarized in a format similar to what you might have seen in sales brochures in more recent years.
  29. 1955 Clipper Motor Road Test Article
    This is a Road Test article on the 1955 Clipper from the June, 1955 issue of Motor Trend.
  30. 1955 Packard Motor Trend Article
    This is an article from the February 1955 issue of Motor Trend that covers the new 1955 Packards. "New Ride, New Look, New Engine"
  31. 1955 Packard Owners Survey - September 1955 Popular Mechanics
    This is an Article in the September 1955 Popular mechanics with the results of an owners survey on the 1955 Packard, Custom Clipper and Clipper models
  32. 1955-SAE “The New Packard V-8 Engine”
    This is SAE Paper 560020 (Number 479) which covering “The New Packard V-8 Engine” and was written by W. E. Schwieder from Packard. This was given at a the:

    SAE Golden Anniversary Passenger, Car, Body and Material Meeting at the Sheraton_Cadillac Hotel, Detroit, MI on March 1-3, 1955.

    This cover the history, engineering and mechanics of the new Packard V-8 engine.
  33. 1956 Build Sheet and Production Code Chart
    The availability of optional equipment wasn't always clear from the showroom literature or even the parts catalog, but it was spelled out for the dealers for the purpose of ordering and pricing vehicles via factory-issued Trade Letters, which are rather hard to come by these days.

    To help decode build sheets and production orders and figure out what equipment your car came with as standard and what else was available, optionally, this information has now been summarized in a format similar to what you might have seen in sales brochures in more recent years.
  34. 1956 Power Pack - Weekly Salesman Training Vol 10-15
    This is the 1956 Power Pack - Weekly Salesman Training Vol 10-15.

    Published Weekly by the Packard-Clipper Division Sales Training Department. A compilation of powerful selling ideas and suggestions for building selling power.
  35. 1957-1941 Shell Service Charts
    These are Shell Service Charts covering Packards from 1957-1941. Contains lube information, tune up replacement part lists, and model identification.
  36. 1958 Studebaker Packard Special Advertising Section - Los Angeles Examiner
    This is a Special Advertising section in the Sunday, Dec. 8th, 1957 editor of the Los Angeles Examiner. This 16 page insert covers the new Packard, Studebaker and Mercedes-Benz models for 1958.
  37. 24th-25th Series Factory Production Options
    This is a list of the available Factory Production options and the code for each option for the 24th-25th Series Cars (1951-1952).
  38. 24th-25th Series Factory Production Options
    This is a list of the available Factory Production options and the code for each option for the 24th-25th Series Cars (1951-1952).
  39. 288, 327, 356 & 359 Head Compression Ratios
    Have you ever wondered about the compression ratios you would get from mixing & matching heads from 288, 327, 356 & 359?

    Attached is table with the info first in order by Compression Ratios then by Years/Types.
  40. 53/54 Packard Article
    Here is an article on the Packard Line for either 53 or 54. Not sure.
  41. Air Conditioner & Fridge News - Packard A/C
    Article from Air Conditioner & Fridge News talking about Packard's new A/C
  42. Automotive Shop Safety
    This is a booklet on Automotive Shop Safety that is applicable to both commercial and home garages.
  43. Chicagoland Packard Privileges
    Brochure produced by the Chicagoland Zone on Packard Privileges
  44. Complete Bijur Service Instructions
    UPDATED 9/4/2013

    Here are the complete service instructions for the servicing of a Bijur lubrication system on a 1934 Packard. This was also typical of 1932-1936 system and may be useful for other years.
  45. Crossing Tradition with Chain Lightning
    A 1940 magazine ad for the Packard Motor Car Company. It goes into how you can get "More car for your money!" with "Prices still further reduced as much as $133 less than a year ago". The model illustrated is a 1940 Packard One-Ten Touring Sedan $975.
  46. Earle C. Anthony Dealer Letters
    Letters issued by West Coast Distributor Earle C. Anthony Dealer to his dealerships.
  47. El Toro - A Motor Car Story of the Interior of Cuba
    The book published by Packard chronicles a motor trips across the interior of Cuba in a Packard.
  48. Factory Magazine, Dec 1925
    Article by Alan Macauley, titled "Management's Biggest Job is Building Men"
  49. General Letters
    These are General Letters issues by Packard to Zone and/or Dealers on various issues.
  50. How Potent is the Packard V8 - HotRod Magazine Article
    This is an article for the Auguest 1955 Issue of HotRod Magazine. It covers all the in's and out's of the 1955 Packard V8 motor.
  51. Hugh Ferry's Personal Notebooks
    These are Huge Ferry's Personal Notebooks. They contain production values and various bits of company info. Including the combinations to the safes!
  52. Jack and Jill in Motor-Car-Land
    Printed in 1933 by the Packard, this is a children's book that was aimed at showing kids the basics of how car's work, and what happens inside the Packard. This is a great piece to have in your collection, and share with the kids and grandkids.
  53. Magazine of Business, Sept 1927
    Article written by Alvan Macauley titled "You Can't Compete with Careless Overhead"
  54. Master Motor Builders Booklet
    Here is the complete Master Motors Builder booklet. This includes the X-24 information previously posted as well as information about other engines that Packard made (boat, tanks, etc).
  55. Mechanix Illustrated Tests the 52 Packard
    This is a special reprint of the "Mechanix Illustrated Tests the 52 Packard" that was done for Packard shareholders to invite them into the showrooms to view the 1952 models.
  56. New York Packard pricing for 1938
    This was a small 4 page salemen pamphlet that includes the New York pricing for the 1938 Packards, as well as selling features and specs.
  57. Owners Service Card 2652-2917
    This is an Owners Service Card for a 1953 2652-2917.
  58. Owners Service Card 2672-9732
    This is a Owner Service card for a 2672-9732.
  59. Packard 24 Cylinder X-Airplane Motor Article
    This is a vintage article about the Packard 24 Cylinder X-Airplane Motor.
  60. Packard Advanced Engineering Division Project No. 354. Dynamic Studies of (Fuel) Injection Nozzles
    This is a set of documents from the Advanced Engineering Division at Packard that was investigating the use of fuel injection on Packard V8 engines. This document provides a rare look at some of the hush-hush R & D that was going on behind the scenes at Packard.
  61. Packard Airplane Patents
    These are Packard Airplane related Patent Filings
  62. Packard and Studebaker-Packard Annual Corporate Reports
    These Packard and Studebaker-Packard Annual Corporate Reports were prepared each year for the annual stockholders meeting and distributed to the shareholders. They contains interesting information on both what occurred the previous year and also the some outlooks for the coming year. Some contain wonderful pictures of new models, new plant renderings, etc.
  63. Packard Body Identification Numbers
    This is a short document describing the Vehicle Number, Theft Proof Number, and Briggs Body Number. It also describes the format of these numbers and the location of these numbers on the vehicle.
  64. Packard Carburetor Application List
    This is a list of carburetor application by model. It is a work in progress and will be edited and updated and information is discovered.
  65. Packard Engine Serial Number Reference
    This is a list of Packard engine serial numbers from 1899-1956. Hopefully this will left to provide not only a reference to those wanting to know if their engine is correct for their model, but also some basic information about all the engine in a quick reference.

    **UPDATED 2/27/12**
  66. Packard Hub Cap and Wheel Cover Identification Guide
    This guide was put together to help identify Hub Caps and Full Wheel Covers that were used on Packard models. This is a work in progress, so it will be updated as folks are able to give me more pictures and information.

    (Updated Rev 4)
  67. Packard Model-Series Progression Chart
    This is a chart showing how the model years and series interrelate with one another. I also tried to show the a specific models evolution across the various years and series. I hope you find it usefull.

    ***UPDATED 11/17/2008***
  68. Packard Monoblock Inline 8-Cyl Engine Specifications 1935-54
    Compiled table of Packard Monoblock Inline 8-Cyl Engine Specifications for 1935-1954.
  69. Packard Partsman's Training Book
    The manual was part of Packard Dealer training and covered Parts Management and Merchandising. Thigs such as setting up part displays, inventory and other operations related to the a Dealer's Parts Department are covered. Printed March, 1950.
  70. Packard Patent Filings
    The is a collection of Packard Patent Filings grouped by initial filing date. Please note that Packard filed for patent many years before those items were used in production in some cases.
  71. Packard Pointers No 24 ,1951
    This is the 1951, No. 24 issue of Packard Pointers. This was a newsletter that was send to Packard salesmen to give them "pointers" on how to tell.
  72. Packard Post-War Material Cards
    These are sample Material Cards that cover upholstery materials, carpet, and roof materials.
  73. Packard Standard Eight Facts Model 726-733 (Data Book)
    This is the Packard Standard Eight Facts for Models 726-733. I believe that was similar to the Salesmen Fact books or Data Books that were used in the later years.
  74. Packard: The Cormorant, and Goddess of Speed
    Packard: The Cormorant, and Goddess of Speed is an article written by Dan Cooper and discusses the various mascots and distinct visual trademarks used by Packard.
  75. Packards Marine Engine ads from Yachting Magazine
    The is a series of ads for Packard Marine engines that were found in Yachting magazine between 1947 and 1950. Nice reading for those interesting in Packards Marine Staight Eight engines.
  76. Pre-War Packard Stuff 1899-1942
    Listing of Body Styles and Models by year as well as number of Cars made;
    Wheelbase, Bore & Stroke, Horsepower, Price Range & Weight Range.
    Limited photos of early Packards & Celebrities with Packards. This booklet was created by Neil Anderson.
  77. Preventive Maintenance and Restoration Tips
    This is a booklet on Preventive Maintenance and Restoration Tips applicable to Packards and vintage vehicle.
  78. Raymond Dietrich: American Designer of Classic Cars
    This is an article by David H. Ross that appeared in the June 1976 issues of Car Classics about Raymond Dietrich.
  79. Record of Packard Motor Cars (1927 printing)
    Published in Aug. 1927, this is a record of Packard Motor Cars manufactured since 1905 (1905 - 1927), showing Motor Number, Vehicle Number, Horse Power, Bore and Stroke, Number of Cylinders, Type of Body, Seating Capacity, and Shipping Weight.
  80. Record of Packard Motor Cars (1929 printing)
    Published in Aug. 1929, this is a record of Packard Motor Cars manufactured since 1905 (1905 - 1929), showing Motor Number, Vehicle Number, Horse Power, Bore and Stroke, Number of Cylinders, Type of Body, Seating Capacity, and Shipping Weight.
  81. Record of Packard Motor Cars (1930 printing)
    Published in Aug. 1930, this is a record of Packard Motor Cars manufactured since 1905 (1905 - 1930), showing Motor Number, Vehicle Number, Horse Power, Bore and Stroke, Number of Cylinders, Type of Body, Seating Capacity, and Shipping Weight.
  82. RHD V8 Packard Roadtest Article
    Here is a roadtest by a British publication of a right-hand drive V8 Packard. The V8 cars were converted to RHD by Leonard Williams, the London Packard dealer. From 1939 thru 1954 the RHD cars were assembled at Detroit; before that by Packard Canada starting in 1933 I believe.

    There are several things interesting about the RHD conversion. Firstly the V8 models were the first to Dave Czirr knowledge where Packard did not do the conversions themselves, either in Detroit or at Packard Canada. Secondly, the omission of the clutch pedal let them move the two pedals and dimmer switch to the right in the conventional arrangement, previously notably in the early to mid-30s, the accelerator was placed between the brake and the clutch due to the confined space.
  83. SAE Torsion Level Engineering Specification
    A very interesting piece describing the history and engineering specs of the Torsion Level Suspension
  84. Serviceman's Training Book: New Car Retail Delivery
    This manual was part of Packard Service Training Program for the dealers and covered the delivery and prep of new cars received from the factory. Circa 1949.
  85. Serviceman's Training Book: Scientific Diagnosis
    The manual was part of Packard's Service Training program and covered the Scientific Diagnosis of car problems. This manual does into details of using all the various scopes and electronic instruments that were available in the Packard Service departments. Printed June 1951.
  86. Serviceman's Training Book: Used Car Reconditioning
    The manual was part of the Packard's Service Training program and covered the mechanical and appearance reconditioning of used cars. Circa 1950
  87. Steel Magazine, May 9th 1949
    Detailed study of how a large manufacturing organization got that way—how if started, how it changed over the years, the dominant personalities who made its history, its physical concept today and where it appears to be heading for tomorrow- all combine to make a case history representative of a large section of U. S. industry in the twentieth century. The editors of STEEL have selected Packard Motor Car Co., Detroit, for such an analysis, the first of its kind ever attempted. The choice proved timely, for Packard is now celebrating a Golden Anniversary and has just introduced new models, as well as a unique new automatic transmission, commemorating the event.
  88. Technical Letters
    Technical Letters issues by Packard on various issues.
  89. The Accessory Promotors
    These are "The Accessory Promotor" that were issued by the Factory to the Dealers and Distributor to help keep the field abreast of new and changes in regards to accessories. These are not titled, so are just listed by their issue date.
  90. The Car that Won the Air War Over Europe
    An original Article by John Lawrence on the Merlin engine.

    "..Unknown to most of us, an American automobile played an important role in the success the U.S. had in the skies over Europe. Here is the story of the automobile that saved the company, that made the engine, that powered the airplane, that won the air war."
  91. The Packard Sports Library: No 8 "Bowling's A.B.C."
    This No. 8 in a series of small Sports related booklets produced by Packard circa 1952. This one by Mort Luby of the National Bowlers Journal covers Bowling's A.B.C.
  92. The Profit Producers
    The Profit Producers were issued by the factory to dealers in 1929 I believe and were the precursor to the Accessory Promotors.
  93. Torsion Level System and Load Levelers on American Vehicles
    Torsion Level System and Load Levelers on American Vehicles provides descriptive data on the 1955 Packard Torsion level system.
  94. Trade Letters
    Trade Letters on various matters that were issued by Packard to Zones and Dealers
  95. US-Rubber Passenger Car Spark Plug Chart
    This was an original insert card that was hung next to a the spark plug rack at a garage. It lists which spark plugs to use for many of the US Passenger cars from 1930-1942.
  96. White House Packards
    Short reprinted article by the Smithsonian Institute on White House Packards.
  97. Winterizing Your Automobile
    This a booklet on Winterizing Your Automobile so both use during winter months, and also storage.
  98. ZDDP and Motor Oil Article
    This is an article from the Studebaker Co-Operator column of the Studebaker Drivers Club publication Turning Wheels covering that facts about ZDDP or lack thereof in modern motor oil and what that means to older engines like ours.
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