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Did Packard ever consider front-wheel drive ?
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Garrett Meadows
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Just wondering if Packard every considered offering a front-wheel drive?

Posted on: 2020/11/3 7:26
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Re: Did Packard ever consider front-wheel drive ?
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West Peterson
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Yes. The prototype 1931 sedan still exists. It's a Twin Six.

Posted on: 2020/11/3 7:28
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Re: Did Packard ever consider front-wheel drive ?
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I had the pleasure of viewing the car when it was displayed at Pebble Beach a decade or so ago. Packard disguised the car so that there was nothing to identify it as a Packard. There were problems with the front wheel drive system and Packard decided to abandon this approach and go with a more conventional rear wheel drive. The V-12 engine was introduced for the 1932 model year and carried the name of its predecessor twelve cylinder car - Twin Six. Here are two photos of the prototype.

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Posted on: 2020/11/3 11:37
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Re: Did Packard ever consider front-wheel drive ?
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West Peterson
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Looks like a later-style exhaust manifold.

Posted on: 2020/11/3 12:41
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As far as I know the FWD Packard prototype is with the Bob Bahre collection in Paris Hill, Maine.

Until 2020 the collection was opened to the public once a year. I haven't heard what any future plans are for the collection since Mr. Bahre's passing.

Posted on: 2020/11/4 10:26
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Re: Did Packard ever consider front-wheel drive ?
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West Peterson
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It is indeed in the Bahre collection. No changes to the collection are planned. They just finished a complete renovation of the "car barn," and I'm sure it will be open to the public one day each year to raise money for the library.

Posted on: 2020/11/4 10:35
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