Packards Motor Car Company Firsts

1900 
  • The H-pattern gear shift arrangement
1900 
  • Automatic ignition spark advance to give smoother and more efficient engine operation
1901
  • The use of a steering wheel instead of a tiller for steering, on the 1901 Packard model C
1913
  • Spiral bevel differential gears, for a quieter car
1915
  • A mass-produced V-12 powered automobile
1919
  • A special Packard race car with a 905 cubic inch Packard Liberty aircraft engine, driven by Ralph DePalma, set a land speed record of 149.72 mph

 

Henry Ford rode to his grave in Packard hearse

1923
  • First volume producer of automobiles to introduce 4-wheel brakes
1923
  • Hypoid differential gears, which allowed a lower floor and lower vehicle height
1923
  • First Neon signs in America - two "Packard" signs put up by a dealer in Los Angeles. The signs stopped traffic!!!
1940
  • Air Conditioning as an option, price $275.00
1950
  • The only independent automobile manufacturer to engineer and manufacture their own automatic transmission
1955
  • 4-Wheel torsion bar suspension, with automatic leveling