Packards were not made in the Dayton region, but our former Packard dealership is now home to the world's only full-time museum dedicated solely to the Packard. It’s easy to see why people are so enthusiastic about them. While Henry Ford designed boxy cars for average people, Packard catered to the elite with no expense spared, making each and every car as sumptuous and regal as possible for the rider. These cars were meant to be driven by chauffeurs, with the wealthy riders enjoying the scenery in the comfort of cozy seats that look more like furniture than auto interiors.
The cars are beautiful works of art – not only do they show the dedication to craftsmanship of the first half of the 20th century, they tell the story of American society through the ages. The 1914 Runabout has a chaperone seat in the back, a reminder that at one time, unmarried men and women were not allowed to be alone in each other's company. The 1934 Super Eight Sport Phaeton has a photograph in the glove compartment of the former owner, a man who appears to have earned his riches in the lucrative organized crime rings of the time. One Army-green car looks to be straight out of a World War II movie set.