We put out a short Packard video on our Facebook account a few weeks back and had a few requests to upload a longer version. This video features the 1915 Packard 3-38 Roadster from our collection as we take it on a quick maintenance drive. We try to exercise the cars from our collection as much as we can, even if it has an open top and there is a bit of snow on the ground.
Our curator Kevin Kelly is your tour guide as he takes you behind the wheel of our 1933 Alfa Romeo 8c 2300 Mille Miglia Spider.
It is said that Carl Benz was the world’s first commercial automobile manufacturer. His first effort, the Benz Patent Motor Wagon was released and offered for sale as early as 1888. At the time, this newfangled technology befuddled many of its operators, and it was soon decided that some sort of instruction manual needed to be produced to assist with their operation. Before you is an extraordinarily rare publication that was devised to suit this purpose.
Product sales literature is the pride of our library. In many instances the automobile maker had no other way to explain and illustrates the benefits of his vehicles, particularly before the era of mass media. As such, sales brochures are considered the “official” description of the car, with illustrations, specifications, and the information one might need to make a purchase decision. We believe this brochure might be the first one ever created.