This 7-passenger 1926 Sedan Limousine, Body #256 was designed by Holbrook and sold for $4950 (Packard's 2nd priciest car). It is equipped with a straight eight, cast iron block engine that displaces 357.8 cubic engines and generates 85 Hp at 3000 Rpm. Even though the Series 243's weighed, on average, 4000 pounds, they could achieve speeds as high as 80 mph.
Packard’s reputation for quality and superior motor technology quickly appeared and by 1909, with the introduction of the famous Model 30 and smaller Model 18 Packard, that reputation was secured. Sales soared. Packard’s total sales through 1906 was 1,691 cars while the number of Model 30 and 18's built alone was 11,818. By this time in 1912, there were now three 3 "P's" among the "very fine" cars being manufactured in America: Pierce Arrow, Peerless and Packard!
The Packard Motor Car Company thrived after its move to Detroit and under the direction of Henry P. Joy. From the beginning, when James Packard decided to make a better car than Winton, Packard's focus had been on quality engineering an elegant car design that catered to the wealthy gentleman. Among Packard's early owners was William D. Rockefeller who purchased his first 2, of many to follow, at the New York Automobile Show in November, 1900.
1926 Packard Model 243