|1902 Model F|
1903 Packard Model F news, pictures, and information
Chassis Num: 378
This Model F is the sister car to the Packard 'Old Pacific' driven by Tom Fetch, that made a historic 3,600 mile Transcontinental Trip from San Francisco to New York.
This Packard completed that same trip in 1983, then led the historic Transcontinental Tour of 2003, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of that original cross-country tour.
The Model F is powered by a 138 cubic-inch one-cylinder motor that develops 12 horsepower and can maintain a cruising speed of 22 miles per hour and a maximum of 25. Price new in 1903 was $2,300.Source - National Packard Museum
Chassis Num: 355
Packard concentrated on upscale cars that started at $2,600. Packard cars developed a following, in the United States, and also abroad, with many heads of state owning them. In need of more capital, the Packard brothers would find it when the wealthy Henry Joy, bought a Packard. Impressed by its reliability, he enlisted a group of investors to finance company expansion. In October 1902, the company became the Packard Motor Car Company and moved its automobile operations to Detroit.
By 1903, Packard was well on its way towards becoming an icon of American automotive quality and perfection. The Detroit plant, designed by Albert Kahn, opened in 1903, and that same year, drivers Tom Fetch and Marius Krarup (who was editor of the original Automobile magazine), drove an already-aging, single-cylinder, Packard Model F from San Francisco to New York in 61 days, an incredible accomplishment in the days of minimal dirt roads and cow paths.
This rear-entrance Tonneau is powered by a single-cylinder, twelve-horsepower engine with a six-inch bore and a six-and-a-half-inch stroke. It has a wheelbase of 88 inches. A similar car participated in the trans-continental crossing, held June 20th through August 21st, 1903, from San Francisco to New York. That car, driven by Tom Fetch, would have emphasized the reliability and endurance that a Packard could provide to their customers. The Model F was the last car manufactured in Warren, OH, the birthplace of the Packard Automobile.
Chassis Num: 251
|Sold for $374,000 at 2010 RM Auctions.|
Production of the Model F continued during the 1903 model year. 1903 was the same year that Tom Fetch made his famous drive from San Francisco to New York in a Model L Packard known as 'Old Pacific.'
The Model F Packard is one of only three known to exist in modern times. The rear body section is removable, making it either a two or four passenger car depending on the owner's preference. It was part of the highly regarded Harrah's Automobile Collection for many years and at one time competed in the famed London to Brighton Run.
In 1986, after William Harrah's passing and at the dispersal auction that year, the Packard was purchased by retired USAF General William Lyon of Newport Beach, California. Next, the Model F joined the Imperial Palace Collection of Las Vegas, Nevada in 1991.
In 1998, Mr. Drew Lewis of Schenksville, Pennsylvania acquired the car. It had been restored at some point while in the Harrah's long-term owner; Mr. Lewis nonetheless commissioned a professional restoration to concours-level. It won Best in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2002, followed by an impressive string of awards under AACA judging, and achieving its First Senior Award in 2003, a Grand National Award in 2004 and Senior Grand national honors in 2007. It won a First Preservation Award in 2004, followed by three Second Preservation awards in 2004, 2006 and 2007. It joined the O'Quinn Collection in 2009.
In 2010, this very rare automobile was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $200,000 - $300,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $374,000 including buyer's premium.
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