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October 2009 Issue
 
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America's Packard Museum
The Automotive Chronicles
 

Did you know that 'America's Packard Museum' is the world's only restored Packard dealership operating as a museum, and only full-time museum dedicated exclusively to the Packard Motor Car Company, its products and philosophies.

The Packard Motor Car Company comes to life again at this museum. It was founded in 1992 by Dayton attorney and long-time car collector Bob Signom. Located in the original Packard Dealership Building which was built in 1917, the museum has officially taken the name of the original dealership — The Citizens Motorcar Company — but has become known as "America's Packard Museum".

A popular destination for travelers and residents alike, the museum features over 50 automobiles on display in the restored Art Deco showroom, service department and pavilion. In addition, significant artifacts from the Packard Motorcar Company are on display.

 
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The Museum offers a ride back in time...

1930 Packard Model 740 Open Front Town Car Custom Body by Fleetwood

1934 Packard Standard 8 Sedan

1935 Packard V-12 Convertible
     

1946 Packard Custom Clipper

1953 Packard Henney Executive - Seven Passenger
 
     

The museum's website, AmericasPackardMuseum.org will soon feature a new section (in collaboration with McLellan's Automotive History) titled 'Packard History Through Advertising'. This will illustrate Packard history with photographs of literature issued by the Packard Motor Car Company through the years.

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In 1993 the museum was acknowledged by the Montgomery County Historical Society with its Annual Award for restoration of a commercial building. The museum's neighborhood has been named Dayton's Motorcar District.

In 1993 Packard Automobile Classics (The Packard Club) relocated its headquarters from Oakland, California to the Dayton museum. In June, 1996, the Wright Brothers Region of PAC, in Dayton, hosted the Packard National Meet, with multiple events at the Museum, which attracted more than 400 Packard enthusiasts from across the US, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and the UK. The PAC office is today located in Columbus, Ohio. America's Packard Museum is an Affiliate Organization of The Packard Club.

The January 1998 edition of Car Collector magazine named the museum one of the "Top Ten" Museums in The United States. In 2004, the Society of Automotive Historians conferred the prestigious James J. Bradley Award upon the museum for its exemplary efforts in preserving motor vehicle resource materials. Only six other U.S. museums have received the Bradley Award.

 

PACKARD LITERATURE PROJECT
Share your Packard literature photographs

Packard enthusiasts are encouraged to share photographs of their Packard literature (along with descriptions if possible), to go towards building the museum's 'Packard History Through Advertising' project. Please e-mail
John Mereness of America's Packard Museum or Mona Nath of McLellan's Automotive History. Thank you.

 
 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, October 2009
 
 
 
 
 
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