1915 PACKARD TWIN-SIX, MODEL I-35 "CALIFORNIA TOP"
- Packard was one of the oldest car companies in America, with the first Packard built in 1899. The company began life as the Ohio Automobile Company based in Warren, Ohio. It became Packard Motor Car Company in 1902 and moved to Detroit in 1903.
- Mr. R. Giroux of Los Angeles, CA purchased this Packard in 1915 from Earle C. Anthony, Inc. the largest Packard dealer in America. He owned the car for over 50 years and used it to travel to his silver mine in Carson City, Nevada.
- Packard introduced the Twin Six engine in May 1915 for the 1916 Model year. This is one of the earliest "pre-production" Twin Six Packards known to exist.
- The engine is 424 cubic inches producing 85 horsepower. The wheelbase is 135 inches. The tire size is 37" x 5".
- Four types of wood were used to build this car. The wheels are made of hickory, the steering wheel is walnut, the window frames are mahogany and the body frame is made of ash.
- This Packard is one of two Brewster bodies Packards known to exist. The uniquely designed "California Top" features windows that fold down into the doors., making a very attractive open pillarless body. This also allows the interior of the car to be closed off in very little time in case of inclimate weather. The body alone was around $9,000 in 1915
- Brewster was based in Springfield, Mass and became agents of Rolls Royce in 1914. It was later purchased by them in 1925 in 1925 for their plant located in Springfield.
- This Packard is featured in the HBO film "Warm Springs". It was FDR's (Kenneth Branagh) limousine when he arrived in Washington D.C. It was also seen in the movie "Stroke of Genius" at the Capital City Country Club in Atlanta.