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Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, Part 2

We continue our tour, viewing a 1917 Packard Model 2-25 Convertible Coupe with body by Holbrook, original cost $2,865.00. Known as the 2nd Series Twin-Six Model, Packard outsold its nearest rival, Pierce Arrow, eight to one. Twelve cylinders, 424 cu. in. with 3-speed transmission. For the first time, a Packard featured removable cylinder heads.

Side note: amid the reflections in the windshield are two ovals showing a wall display of Moto Meters which are on exhibit behind this vehicle. The museum has many mini-exhibits of such collections which are quite interesting as an adjunct to the vehicles. Curiously, it almost appears as a Photoshop cut-and-paste job but I assure you no such shenanigans were executed here — simply a result of a dark interior amplifying reflections but not where the rear windows show through.

Packard was the preferred chassis for many of the best custom body builders. This vehicle features very rare custom coachwork built by Holbrook Co. of New York, reported created for royalty in England.

Next, a 1918 Packard Model 3-25 7-Pass Broughm "Twin-Six" which originally sold for $5,400.00. Twelve cylinders, 424 cu. in. and 3-speed transmission. It is the only known surviving example of the 7-Pass Broughm.

The wheels are interesting simply because they are so different than those found on modern automobiles. To me, it looks like a transitional design between horse-draw carriages and a mature automobile.

Instead of bumper stickers, this vehicle was adorned with a metal badge expressing the owner's political leanings.

Here we find a 1920 Packard Model 3-35 Limousine with coachwork by Holbrook. Its original cost was $7,750.00 and features 12 cylinders w/60° L-head, 424 cu. in. and 3-speed transmission.

Holbrook Coachworks was actively supplying limited series bodies to Packard Motor Company that the home factory could not furnish to their customers. This aluminum body limo has only 28,000 miles with original paint and an original "lap robe" to keep occupants warn since the vehicle lacked a heater.

The next vehicle is a 1921 Packard Model 3-35 7-Pass Touring Car with coachwork by Pullman Car Co. The original cost was $6.000.00 to $4,850.00 and featured 12 cylinders with w/60° L-head, 424 cu. in. and 3-speed transmission.

The rear seats are raised and occupants protected with a second windshield. The rear wheels are larger than the front. There is a telescoping luggage rack on the passenger running board. It must have been quite a sight touring the streets of 1920s America.

Supposedly, this vehicle was used in the 1921 Presidential inaugural Parade (Harding) in New York City. Warren Harding, Woodrow Wilson and Albert Einstein were said to be passengers.

Many vehicles of this vintage still had the hand cranks to start the engine. However, I found it quite interesting that Packard provided a leather holder to secure the crank, a feature I have never seen elsewhere.

Last for today, we encounter a 1922 Packard Model 126 Sport Phaeton with body by Pullman. The original cost was $2,650.00 and features 6 cylinders, 286 cu. in. and a 3-speed transmission.

This model was brand new for Packard this year and was a truly unique design. It was two inches lower than comparable open models and the rear doors were attached to the center post instead of hinges at the rear.

One feature I found surprising was the real wood steering wheel — and in quite good shape. I wouldn't mind taking this baby for a spin.

To be continued...


Life is good.

B. David

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