The first Packard automobile was built in 1899 and was powered by a single cylinder, 12 horsepower engine. By 1904, the company had produced its first four-cylinder car and in 1912 was building six-cylinder cars. In late 1915, Packard built a twelve-cylinder model called the Twin Six. The famous Twin Six engine would not only power Packard automobiles for the next several years, but would also be used to power airplanes and boats during World War I.
In 1921, Packard introduced a lower priced six-cylinder car, the Model 116. The six-cylinder Packards provided a less expensive alternative to the Twin Six models and helped the company prosper during the early 1920's. in 1924, the Twin Six was discontinued when a new, in-line, eight-cylinder engine was introduced. This new engine, known as Packard's famous Straight eight, would become the basis for all Packard engines produced until the 1950's.
This 1925 Packard has a unique coupe body produced by the coachbuilder Merrimac. It was specially built for a mill owner in Massachusetts where it remained until 2000 when purchased by the current owner. Today, it remains in all original condition with the exception of the fenders which have been repainted. Unlike most vintage vehicles which have been restored, this vehicle still retains its original leather roof, interior, body paint and even its original tool kit. It has been driven less than 15,000 miles from new. It has just 14,800 miles on the odometer, the last 1,650 of which were driven on the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic Tour in 2006.