On this day: 06-25-1956
Last Packard produced
The last Packard--the classic American luxury car with the famously enigmatic slogan “Ask the Man Who Owns One”--rolls off the production line at Packard´s plant in Detroit, Michigan on this day in 1956.Packard became one of the first American racing cars to be available for sale to the general public. With the 1916 release of the Twin Six, with its revolutionary V-12 engine, Packard established itself as the country´s leading luxury-car manufacturer. With sales dwindling by the 1950s, Packard merged with the much larger Studebaker Corporation in the hope of cutting its production costs. Though the company would continue to manufacture cars in South Bend, Indiana, until 1958, the final model produced on June 25, 1956, is considered the last true Packard.