• Series 1508
• 175 bhp, 473.3 cu. in. L-head V-12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent coil-spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes
• Wheelbase: 144 in.
• Beautifully restored; only three owners from new
• Displayed three times at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
By the 1930s, the Packard Motor Car Company already possessed a wealth of experience with 12-cylinder engines. Their first, the Twin Six from 1916–1923, had become almost synonymous with the genre and was phased out in favor of the simpler Single Eight that was introduced in 1924. While the Single Eight set new standards for smoothness and agility during the late 1920s, the rekindled multi-cylinder wars had resumed in earnest by the onset of the 1930s in Detroit. Cadillac introduced its V-16 in 1930 and its V-12 in 1931, while Auburn, Marmon, Pierce-Arrow, and even Franklin had their own 12-cylinder engines in the wings for 1932.
Resurrecting the “Twin Six” name, Packard met this new competitive threat with a completely new engine. With a large displacement V-12 design with a 67-degree cylinder-bank angle, development of this new power unit was the happy by-product of an aborted front-wheel drive development project. As released, the new Twelve initially displaced 445 cubic inches, 20 more than the old Twin Six, and developed 75 percent more power. In 1933, the model name was simplified to “Packard Twelve,” and two years later, engine displacement rose to 473 cubic inches and output accordingly climbed to 175 brake horsepower.
Overall, the Packard Twelve was a conservative car with finely tailored lines, elegant appointments, a refined chassis, and a whisper-quiet 12-cylinder engine. The all-new bodies that were introduced for 1935 offered true envelope styling, as the body, hood, fenders, and running boards were incorporated into a smooth design. In addition, increased horsepower and improvements in suspension and steering, along with improved engine mounts, provided ease of operation and dramatically improved passenger comfort.
While the 1936 models were virtually unchanged, the 15th series of 1937 brought a comprehensive series of mechanical improvements. Most notably, the introduction of “Safe-T-Flex” independent front suspension, based on the sound design of the junior One-Twenty, debuted on the “Senior” Packard models. Other improvements included the adoption of hydraulic brakes and disc-type steel wheels and the elimination of the Bijur central chassis lubrication system.
This 1508 Convertible Sedan represents Packard’s largest and most expensive production-bodied offering of 1937. This Packard was acquired by the owner who offered it at the RM Monterey Auction, from the estate of the car’s second owner. It is believed that the second owner purchased the car in 1961, and for various reasons, was never able to embark on a comprehensive restoration. Following its addition to the current Southern California owner’s collection, a two-year frame-off restoration commenced and was executed without regard to cost. This owner, a long-time Packard enthusiast, spent a great deal of time matching the interior and exterior colors of the car, choosing a striking China Blue finish with matching leather and cloth upholstery in the correct original patterns. In typical Packard fashion, the level of craftsmanship and detail to be found throughout is outstanding.
While few cars make it to the green of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance once in a lifetime, this Packard has been displayed no fewer than three times, in 2000, 2003, and 2004.
The Goldberg Brothers - The Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner
(Wink, wink! - and a hat tip to "Dr. Mc")
(Wink, wink! - and a hat tip to "Dr. Mc")
The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946 , the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees.
The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.
Henry was curious and invited them into his office.
They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car.
They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees inside, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately.
The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent.
The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, 'The Goldberg Air Conditioner,' on the dashboard of each car in which it was installed.
Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Semitic, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldbergs' name on two million Fords.
They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be shown.
And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show --
Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max -- on the controls.
Control yourself !!!
"In 1939 Packard introduced the first automobile air conditioner, a rather awkward affair with no independent shut-off mechanism. To turn it off, the driver had to stop the car and the engine and then open the hood and disconnect a belt connected to the air conditioning compressor. Mechanical engineers weren't long in introducing needed improvements, ultimately making air conditioning on wheels so de rigueur that even convertibles had it."
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