EVERYTHING LEGENDARY ABOUT PACKARD CARRIES THE LEGACY OF TWO EXCEPTIONAL BROTHERS
On Friday, July 22nd, 1898 Ward noted in his personal journal: "To Cleveland tried Winton Motor carriage - fine price $1000.00 - immediate delivery." Ward journaled the following month: "Saturday, August 13, 1898 went to Cleveland came down in new motor carriage - hard trip, towed in...winton carriage balance pd. $800."
Ward had multiple problems with his Winton Motor carriage. There was much interaction between he and Mr. Winton as many repairs were made to the car. Fed up, Ward visited Winton again on June 10th, 1899 and gave multiple suggestions to improve the quality. Mr. Winton responded "..if you're so smart, maybe you can build a better machine yourself." Ward thrived on inventing things and was a mechanical genius. He had much more in mind than building a better car and recruited one of Winton's top investors to assist him, Mr. George Weiss.
In a letter to Mr. Weiss on April 11, 1899, Ward wrote "It is a branch of work which has great fascination for me and it is not impossible that I may go into it someday. With his possibility in view I should like to talk matter over with you..." By October 30, 1899 Ward journaled: "Auto engine on new machine tests out 7.1 h.p." as he had been inventing his own engine for his car, the first Packard.
On November 6, 1899 the first Packard car was driven around town for road testing. The locals who witnessed the road test noted the quality and elegance of the car and word spread quick. The local newspapers picked up on the story and Packard was introduced to the public. Ward went on to make many improvements and patents while applying his own artistic styling. His inventions and artistic style flourished and created a unique superlative quality for their company. Doud maintained the business matters.
THE LEGEND RETURNS
The legend has returned to the marketplace focusing on it's founding values of engineering marvels, durable fine quality and quintessential American hand-crafted finishes. Innovative automaking remains the cornerstone of Packard's heritage as it is inspired by timekeeping, our conquests on the race track, our advocacy on behalf of worthy organizations and our enviable roles in elegant style, marketplace firsts and timeless trend-setting. The legacy continues to be preserved and revered across the world through the official National Packard Museum, car aficionados clubs, auto publications, personal car collections and concours events**. We have begun a new journey of horological and automotive discovery, and invite you to join us in making history again.