Classic Car News » Steve Evans https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:36:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.14 Classic Profile: The rare Duesenberg Model Xhttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-the-rare-duesenberg-model-x/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-the-rare-duesenberg-model-x/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:25:05 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=77246 Read More

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The Duesenberg brothers introduced their first production road car in 1920. The Straight Eight (later called the Model A) was an innovative and well-made machine. Regardless, the brothers (underfunded from the start) struggled to find enough customers to keep the company viable.

When E. L. Cord (through Auburn) purchased the bankrupt Duesenberg Company in 1926, Fred Duesenberg was already experimenting with a new iteration of the Straight Eight. It is thought that about dozen Model X chassis had been manufactured by the time of Cord’s acquisition. The Model X featured a re-worked Model A suspension and a larger displacement (260 cubic inches) mono-block straight-8 engine.

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Classic Profile: Checkered past of 1929 Duesenberg J-183https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-checkered-past-1929-duesenberg-j-183/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-checkered-past-1929-duesenberg-j-183/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:10:14 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=75442 Read More

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The fascinating history of 1929 Duesenberg chassis 2201 (engine J-183) starts with the handsome town car body seen in the photo and created by Enos Derham. The Derham Body Company was one of the longest-lived American coachworks, surviving two world wars.

The company was founded by Joseph Derham as the Rosemont Carriage Works only a few miles west of Philadelphia. Enos Derham, the youngest of four brothers that followed their father into the firm, would end up running the company. They were known for their formal coachwork and bodied many great brands including Duesenberg. Interestingly, the company’s building survived, becoming the home to Chinetti & Garthwaite in the 1960s, the U.S. distributor for Ferrari.

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Classic Profile: 1903 Napier Gordon Bennett Cup race carhttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1903-napier-gordon-bennett-cup-race-car/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1903-napier-gordon-bennett-cup-race-car/#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 09:25:36 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=74197 Read More

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D. Napier & Son Limited of Great Britain gained notoriety for automobile manufacturing through racing, specifically their 1902 win in the Gordon Bennett Cup, a cross-country race that ran from Paris to Innsbruck, Austria. The following year, the race would have been brought to England because of the Napier victory, but because England prohibited motor racing on public roads at the time, the race was moved to Ireland.

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Classic profile: 1925 Pierce-Arrow Series 80 Runabouthttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1925-pierce-arrow-series-80-runabout/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1925-pierce-arrow-series-80-runabout/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 09:25:57 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=73603 Read More

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Despite a difficult automotive market after World War I, the president of Buffalo’s Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company, G. W. Mixer, announced net earnings of $1.7 million for 1920. With a little money in the bank and the economic climate improving, the company decided to introduce a new, more-affordable line of cars.

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Classic Profile: 1909 American Gadabouthttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1909-american-gadabout/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1909-american-gadabout/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:20:58 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=71578 Read More

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The distinctive cars of the American Motor Car Company (1906–1914) of Indianapolis, Indiana, have gained a bit of notoriety as of late, achieving some of the highest prices paid for an Edwardian-era vehicle at auction.

These sales are all related to the company’s American Underslung models with their advanced low-profile suspensions. But when the company was established, they hired Indianapolis local Harry C. Stutz, who would design a very handsome large-displacement touring car in the prevailing style with a traditional suspension, such as the 1909 American Gadabout shown in this period photo.

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Classic Profile: 1928 Packard 443 custom roadsterhttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1928-packard-443-custom-roadster/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1928-packard-443-custom-roadster/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:10:32 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=55767 Read More

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From the beginning, the stars born of the Hollywood movie industry have wanted to be seen in the best cars available. Richard Dix, seen here posing with a 1928 Packard 443 custom eight roadster, was just such a leading man.

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Classic Profile: 1932 Stutz Super Bearcathttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1932-stutz-super-bearcat/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1932-stutz-super-bearcat/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:10:47 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=55146 Read More

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Wearing a set of Goodrich Silvertown whitewall tires – distinguished by the double diamonds on the sidewall – the shortened chassis of the 1932 Stutz Super Bearcat is clearly apparent. At only 116 inches, the wheelbase was a full foot and a half shorter than the standard offering. In comparison, today’s Ferrari FF rides on a 117.7 inch wheelbase.

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Classic profile: 1930 duPont Series G Special Sport Sedanhttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1930-dupont-series-g-special-sport-sedan/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1930-dupont-series-g-special-sport-sedan/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:15:55 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54845 Read More

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As you’ve probably guessed, I enjoy searching for old photos of early cars. During Monterey Classic Car Week, this means a stop at Automobilia Monterey, and it was there that I found this image of a uniquely bodied duPont Series G Special Sport Sedan.

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Classic Profile: 1909 Stoddard-Dayton Model 9Khttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1909-stoddard-dayton-model-9k/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1909-stoddard-dayton-model-9k/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:20:23 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=40115 Read More

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Illustrating the pride of Dayton, Ohio, this picture shows a Stoddard-Dayton Model 9K posed in London. The building in the background appears to be Britain’s House of Commons or Parliament Building, and the picture might have been taken from the embankment across the Thames River.

The Stoddard name was already well-established and respected within Dayton. It was John Stoddard’s farm-implements business that put Dayton on the map as a center for industrial production. Together with his son Charles, the two would turn to automobile manufacturing with the Dayton Motor Car Company in 1905.

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Classic profile: Cup-winning 1905 Richard-Brasierhttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-cup-winning-1905-richard-brasier/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-cup-winning-1905-richard-brasier/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:15:58 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=39790 Read More

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I came across this postcard in Monterey last year and couldn’t resist. As it states, the card illustrates the Richard-Basier stand at the Paris Salon in 1905. The star-car of the French show, the 1905 Gordon-Bennett winning racer is seen front and center.

The French firm of Richard-Brasier has a confusing history with many name changes, but the story starts with brothers Georges and Maxine Richards. They entered the bicycle business in 1893 and a few years later started manufacturing vehicles resembling the Benz Velo. In 1901, they enticed Henri Brasier, the chief designer for Mors, to join the team. His impact was immediate and by 1902, Brasier’s name was added to the marque.

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Classic Profile: Maserati wins 1939 Indianapolis 500https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-maserati-wins-1939-indianapolis-500/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-maserati-wins-1939-indianapolis-500/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 09:35:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=38680 Read More

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In 1938, Ernesto Maserati developed the Maserati 8CTF to compete with the likes of Mercedes and Auto Union on the European GP circuit. Although not particularly successful on the Continent, the car gained fame stateside with a historic victory at the Indianapolis 500.

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Classic Profile: Rolls-Royce comes to Americahttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-honorable-charles-rolls-comes-america/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-honorable-charles-rolls-comes-america/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:25:18 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=35718 Read More

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars famously started after an introduction in 1904 between Charles Rolls, a young automobile enthusiast and dealer of French automobiles, and Henry Royce, a middle-aged manufacturer of electrical components.

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Classic Profile: Derham Body Company, last coachbuilder of the classic erahttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-derham-body-company-last-classic-era-coachbuilder/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-derham-body-company-last-classic-era-coachbuilder/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:25:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=35315 Read More

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The Derham Company of Rosemont, Pennsylvania extended far past the life of most other American coachworks companies, surviving two world wars and the Great Depression.

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Classic Profile: 1921-26 Duesenberg Straight Eighthttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1921-26-duesenberg-straight-eight/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1921-26-duesenberg-straight-eight/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:25:42 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=28498 Read More

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The Automobile Trade Journal of July 1, 1920, wrote, “The Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Corp. has bought a factory site in Indianapolis and plans 2,400 cars the first year of operation. In addition to a special Duesenberg engine, the car will be equipped with four-wheel brakes and an axle designed by Fred S. Duesenberg. The new car is stated to be 400 lbs lighter than those of similar power and will obtain from 18 to 22 miles on a gallon of gasoline.”

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Classic Profile: 1905 Locomobile Model Ehttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1905-locomobile-model-e/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1905-locomobile-model-e/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:25:02 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=27211 Read More

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In the early years of the 20th Century, few new cars included a top – or a windshield for that matter. Typically, a top would have been an extra cost and we can tell from the picture that this Locomobile was sold without a top. The give-away is the lack of “irons” – the metal brackets that attach the top to the car.

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Classic Profile: 1909 Pope-Hartford Model Shttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1909-pope-hartford-model-s/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1909-pope-hartford-model-s/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:30:28 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=26849 Read More

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In the early days of motoring, automobiles were typically possessions of the wealthy. Professional drivers were often employed and many chauffeur organizations existed to advance the profession. This picture appears to show a chauffeur bringing up the family’s 1909 Pope-Hartford somewhere in New Jersey.

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First-time Pebble Beach Concours entrant checks a big one off the bucket listhttps://news.classiccars.com/first-time-pebble-beach-concours-entrant-checks-big-one-bucket-list/ https://news.classiccars.com/first-time-pebble-beach-concours-entrant-checks-big-one-bucket-list/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:30:56 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=26186 Read More

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I was standing in the back of a 1909 Pierce-Arrow getting my picture taken with Jay Leno sitting at the wheel, all the while thinking: Only at Pebble Beach!

As a first-time entrant in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with the Pierce-Arrow owned by my Dad, Monterey car week was much more than a brush with fame but a time filled with good friends, wonderful vistas, and of course, fantastic cars. With my father and my son, we formed three generations of car guys with the opportunity to check a big one off the bucket list.

I was polishing the brass on the Pierce-Arrow in preparation for the next day’s Concours when Larry, our driver from Intercity transporters, said, “Jay Leno’s here in the paddock. You should go up and say hello.” So that’s what I did. Jay was truly a pleasure and seemed genuinely interested in the Pierce. All of the cars, too, for that matter.

The car we brought to Pebble was Dad’s 1909 Pierce-Arrow, model 36UU five-passenger touring. Twenty-five years ago, Dad was fortunate enough to be offered the car from the family that had owned it since 1919.

Back in the day, it was just a used car that the family had taken to their New Hampshire farm, removed the body, and used as a farm truck. Thankfully, they reunited the car with its original body in 1934 and put it in their barn. A restoration was started in 1962, and today the car is as it was when restored some 50 years ago.

Although not a show car, it’s one of about a dozen 1909 Pierce-Arrows that remain, and the only 1909 model 36UU five-passenger touring thought to survive. Naturally, we were excited to have had it accepted for Pebble Beach.

The week unfolded with each day trumping the previous, all culminating with the Concours. Sunday brought an early start. We were not alone; the paddock was packed as more than 200 entrants prepared to roll out. The car was already off the truck when we arrived and we made preparations to drive it over for display – turn on the gas, put up the top, wipe the car down, and check the paperwork.

It was pure pleasure having the whole family ride in it together, and even though we were among the first dozen or so cars to drive onto the golf course, the crowd had already lined the 18th Fairway to watch us drive on. As soon as we parked, my son Nathan ran off with the stated goal of taking a picture of each and every car in the Concours – it would be over an hour before I saw him again.

Our spot on the field was ideal and we met our neighbors: a stunning American Underslung from the Off Brothers Collection in Michigan and another Pierce-Arrow, this one originally owned by Milton Hershey of Hershey chocolate fame.

Dad beamed with pride the entire day as he fielded questions about his car; we were both amazed at how many people came up to ask about the Pierce. Eventually, I made my way around to see most of the other cars. For me, the steam-car display and the Ruxton featured class were among the favorites. But let’s face it, everything is worth a look at Pebble Beach. Plus, I got to meet some of you blog readers who came by to say hello.

I had been to Pebble Beach in the past, but what made this trip so special was actually being part of it and sharing the experience with my family. Now that it’s all over, the entire experience is still a bit of a blur, but the thrill hasn’t worn off. The Concours day seems to go by so quickly and you feel as though you didn’t get a chance to visit with everyone. Regardless, it’s a memory we’ll all cherish.

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Tour d’Elegance completed, it’s time to head to the fairway at Pebble Beachhttps://news.classiccars.com/tour-completed-time-head-fairway-pebble-beach/ https://news.classiccars.com/tour-completed-time-head-fairway-pebble-beach/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:53:30 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=25892 Read More

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As first time entrants at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this week has delivered a bounty of wonderful experiences, and a few nervous moments. We pulled the 1909 Pierce-Arrow off the truck Wednesday and made sure everything was in order by driving around the corner to the Lodge at Pebble Beach.

Thursday started early as we got in line for the Tour d’Elegance. As can be the case in Carmel-by-the Sea, the morning was foggy and wet. Driving a 105-year-old car is great fun, but driving in heavy traffic, in the wet, with some steep hills can be quite stressful.

Not more than five miles into the run and with Dad at the helm, we turned on to a hill. A Stanley Steamer had already stopped at the bottom of the grade and we charged around only to have the Hispano-Suiza ahead of us stop mid-way up the hill. This brought us to a stop with others behinds us.

With faster cars desperately looking to pass, the hill got a bit hectic. Thankfully, Dad was able to get us going again and we climbed to the top in second gear.

After that nervous moment, things smoothed out and we waited in the queue to drive into Carmel as a group.

I can honestly say I’ve never seen more people lining the streets as we drove in. We felt like celebrities as we came to a stop on Ocean Avenue and the crowd swarmed around.

After a lovely lunch we sat in the car and fielded questions for the crowd – great fun and a something I’ll never forget.

That’s all for now, as I’ve got to wrap this up and head off to clean the Pierce-Arrow for the Concours.

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Classic Profile: 1913 Mercer, a car to be admiredhttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1913-mercer-raceabout-car-admired/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1913-mercer-raceabout-car-admired/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:25:07 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=25299 Read More

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From the day the first Mercer raceabout was sold in 1910, these have been cars to be admired. The Mercer Automobile Company was founded by the Roebling and Kuser families in Mercer County, New Jersey – thus the company’s name. Both families were wealthy and prominent with extensive manufacturing experience, and they wanted to build a high-quality sporting car.

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Classic Profile: 3 Generations and the Trip of a Lifetimehttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-3-generations-trip-lifetime/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-3-generations-trip-lifetime/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:30:30 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=25184 Read More

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I consider myself lucky. To have inherited a passion for cars from my Dad, and to be able to share this passion with him for the past 40 years, what could be better? Well, it turns out that sharing that passion with the next generation is indescribably rewarding as well.

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Classic Profile: Mercedes 710 Type SShttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-mercedes-710-type-ss/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-mercedes-710-type-ss/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:25:53 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=24336 Read More

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Sometimes a picture reveals more than what first appears. What drew me to this picture is the Mercedes 710 Type SS. Looking almost new, this car was still something special a decade after its manufacture and clearly seems well cared for.

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Classic Profile: 1916 Hudson Super-Six factory racerhttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1916-hudson-super-six-factory-racer/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1916-hudson-super-six-factory-racer/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:25:06 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=24238 Read More

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Since its beginnings in 1909, Hudson had gone racing to prove the merits of its cars. In 1916 came the introduction of Hudson’s Super-Six and with it a significant increase in horsepower over the previous Model Six-40. The Super-Six had a number of innovations, chief among them the use of a counter-balanced crankshaft, which helped the engine achieve 76 horsepower.

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Classic Profile: The 1936 Vanderbilt Cup race revivalhttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1936-vanderbilt-cup-race-revival/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1936-vanderbilt-cup-race-revival/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:30:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=23088 Read More

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In 1936, George W. Vanderbilt III banded together with Boston Braves owner George Marshall, and Eddie Rickenbacker, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to revive a major event from the early days of motorsports, the Vanderbilt Cup.

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Classic Profile: The Mighty Cadillac V16https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-mighty-cadillac-v16/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-mighty-cadillac-v16/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:30:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=22793 Read More

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In the enthusiasm of the late 1920’s, Cadillac developed its trend-setting 16-cylinder engine of 452 cubic inches – developing 175 horsepower.

While it is true that Packard introduced the landmark Twin-Six, its 12-cylinder engine, in the 1916 model year, it was the Cadillac V16 that set off the American “cylinder wars” at a time when car sales were plummeting due to the escalating economic depression.

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Classic Profile: Packard Model 30 Runabouthttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-packard-model-30-runabout/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-packard-model-30-runabout/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 10:30:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=22176 Read More

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Packard is one of the most highly regarded brands from the classic era, with roots going back to the very beginning of the 20th Century. Although the automaker is revered today for bold luxury cars, it’s not often remembered for its early days when Packard built sporting cars.

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