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Re: Packard Bikes
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Yes, the first time I'd heard of a Fifth Wheel was in 1965 when I was pulled over by the CHP for doing over 75 mph in a 65 mph zone on the Bayshore Freeway. My Packard was already 25 years old, so when I told the officer the speedometer might be off, he didn't give me a ticket, I was just a dumb kid, and told me to have it checked with a 5th Wheel so I would know next time how much I might be exceeding the speed limit...which I know you won't do.

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Re: Packard Bikes
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Yes, the first time I'd heard of a Fifth Wheel was in 1965 when I was pulled over by the CHP for doing over 75 mph in a 65 mph zone on the Bayshore Freeway. My Packard was already 25 years old, so when I told the officer the speedometer might be off, he didn't give me a ticket, I was just a dumb kid, and told me to have it checked with a 5th Wheel so I would know next time how much I might be exceeding the speed limit...which I know you won't do.


...And Packard was still doing it with 1956 pilot production cars (this one appeared to be painted in a 1955 color) at the Packard Proving Ground!

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Re: Packard Bikes
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For Schwinn bicycle fans and your holiday reading... how about a 1921 Schwinn-Built PACKARD bicycle?

This is just one of thousands of brand names that appeared on Schwinn-Built bicycles. SOME of these brand names were from a factory inventory of brand names (such as listed on this original 1921 literature) and others (most) were not.

In this case, "PACKARD" was a brand name in the Arnold, Schwinn & Co. inventory of brands. This does not mean that ALL Packard bicycles were Schwinn-Built because –as we have said many times–they were not.

There was not just one design of Schwinn-Built "Packard" branded bicycles, but rather, many. And over many years...

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Re: Packard Bikes
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Slogan sound familiar??? Another use of the famous Packard Motor Car Company slogan in the bicycle world of the 1930s shows how the bicycle industry revered PMCC and the Packard mystique.

People in the bicycle "hobby" will tell you this stand was only for an Elgin brand bicycle, but that's not true. While it came standard on the fabulous 1937 and 1938 Elgin Bluebirds and some other Elgins, it was sold as an accessory for any bicycle. This was during the era when most bicycles had stands that pivoted from the rear and were clumsy to park and to retract.

The bicycle shown here is an Iver Johnson–which was a first-class bicycle and rather expensive (I have both a boy's and girl's mint original Deluxe "Mobike" with tank, headlight, horn. etc. along with other Iver Johnsons and almost all of the company's bicycle catalogues going back to the 1800s). Iver Johnson also made guns and motorcycles. This is an original photo from the late 1930s courtesy of NBHAA.com.

What did "B.C." stand for? Barry Cohen.

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Re: Packard Bikes
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Ever heard of Packard tires for bicycles and cars?

I'm betting that most of you didn't know they made these for automobiles and bicycles! But here ya go...

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Re: Packard Bikes
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Here is an original 1935 advertisement from a Detroit bicycle shop that was well known in the city at that time. Guess what brand they put on the bicycles they sold? "PACKARD"... of course!

Shop was located in downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue.

Who else shows you this stuff?

Courtesy of NBHAA.com.

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