James Ward Packard built his first automobile at Warren, Ohio in 1899. Detroiter Henry Joy became enthusiastically involved and moved the company there. His successor, Alvan Macauley, teamed with engineer Jesse Vincent to make Packard one of the finest automobiles in the world. Struggling to the end to build fine cars, the company was plagued by numerous problems, most significantly a poor merger. Although the marque name lasted until 1958, the last true Packard was built two years earlier.
The series 900 Packard was an attempt to deal with the depression yet it still sold for nearly $1,800, an enormous amount in 1932. Although according for nearly half that year's Packard sales, it proved unprofitable due to design and manufacturing costs. Unique, and for Packard, racy in design, the 900 introduced many improvements that were carried forward. The beautiful lines of the car, alas, were dropped in 1933, making it unique and rare, even if one of the most beautiful factory bodies Packard produced.
This car was originally restored for the famous Harrah collection in 1963. Sold to a collector after Harrah's death, it languished in a museum in St. Louis until bought by its present owner. It remains his favorite driver although he makes no pretense that it is a 'show car.'