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James Ward Packard, his brother William Packard, and George Weiss began building cars in Warren, Ohio in 1899. With immediate success, they moved in 1903 to a new and larger facility in Detroit, designed by Albert Kahn. Over the years that followed, they built a variety of vehicles and engines for cars, trucks, boats, aircraft, and military vehicles.

Packard's first eight-cylinder car, called the Single Eight, was introduced in 1924 (mid-1923). It was also the company's first to use four-wheel brakes. The nine-bearing side-valve straight-eight engine had a compression of 4.51:1 and offered 85 horsepower at 3,000 RPM from its 5.9-liters. Chief Engineer Jesse Vincent and his staff created the engine by cutting a four-cylinder engine in two, putting half on each end of a four-cylinder engine. It received a new crankshaft and an unusual firing sequence that balanced the reciprocating forces of the engine. The average model weighed about 4,000 pounds and had a top speed as high as 80 mph. The engine was powerful, smooth, and had a heavily balanced crankshaft and a Lanchester vibration damper.

The Single Eight was initially available on two-wheelbase lengths, and since Packard did not adhere to an annual model introduction, designated its model by series. The eight-cylinder engine would become the basis of its model for the next three decades.

By the mid-1920s, Packard began offering disc wheels, balloon tires, and a Bijur chassis lubrication system as standard. By the spring of 1926, a Hotchkiss drive was added.

The Single Eight became the Eight in 1925 and was the first volume-produced American automobile powered by an eight-cylinder engine and utilizing four-wheel brakes.


by Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2019

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1926 Vehicle Profiles

1926 Packard Eight vehicle information
Sport
Coachwork: Pullman

Engine Num: 217225

1926 Packard Eight vehicle information

Engine Num: 216528

1926 Packard Eight vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Rollston & Company
1926 Packard Eight vehicle information

Chassis Num: 211436
Engine Num: 211438

Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$66-$3,765
1926 Eight
$5,125-$11,750
1926 Packard Eight Price Range: $3,765 - $5,125

Other 1926 Packard Models
$2,600 - $3,675

236 Second Series 8

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
2,794
116.00 in., 136.00 in.
6 cyl., 241.60 CID., 54.00hp
$3,755 - $10,500
7,912
136.00 in., 143.00 in.
8 cyl., 357.80 CID., 50.00hp
8 cyl., 288.00 CID., 80.00hp
$3,765 - $5,125

Industry Production

#1#2#3Packard
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)15,450
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)7,989
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)55,062
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)49,550
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)29,821
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)
1925Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (306,479)Dodge (201,000)7,912
1924Ford (1,922,048)Chevrolet (264,868)Dodge (193,861)19,626
1923Ford (1,831,128)Chevrolet (323,182)Buick (210,572)
1922Ford (1,147,028)Chevrolet (243,479)Dodge (152,673)28,504
1921Ford (1,275,618)Chevrolet (130,855)Buick (82,930)6,374

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