Packard Twin Six

Not much matches the Twin Six in historical significance. But of more importance at the time, was that money at Packard proved to be a problem. As an independent automaker, Packard did not have the ability for a larger corporate structure to absorb all its losses. This was the type of thing that was seen with Cadillac and GM and with Lincoln and Ford. On the flip side, Packard had it better than most other independent luxury marques. To add to their advantages, they had a single production line, which increased their efficiency especially in times of slowing sales. They were not left with huge overhead and a ton of employees, but rather, they could very closely control the production and expenses that accompanied it. Further, by maintaining a single line, and designing inter changeable models, Packard was able to keep its costs down. Further, Packard did not change cars as often as the other manufacturers of the same time. As opposed to introducing new models annually, Packard began using its own Series formula to differentiate its models. This began in 1923. The new model series did not debut on a strictly annual basis, as some series lasted almost two years, and others lasted only as long as seven months. In the end though, Packard did average approximately one new series per year. By 1930, Packard cars were considered part of the Seventh Series. By 1942, Packard was in its Twentieth Series, and sadly, there never was a Thirteenth Series. The nice thing about this naming practice is that buyers know explicitly how old or how new their particular model is. Further, Packard automobiles are extremely sought after by collectors today, and to add to that, the marquee enjoys an active collectors club system. It appears that Packard owners are very passionate about their models and the Packard Twin Six is specifically favored.