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March 20: James Packard died on this date in 1928

GE Anderson
March 20, 2013

On this date in 1928, James Ward Packard, co-founder of the Packard Motor Car Company, died in Cleveland at the age of 64. He built his first automobile in 1899, in his hometown of Warren, Ohio, and incorporated the Packard Motor Car Company in 1902. Packards were the first cars to feature steering wheels instead of tillers, and the first to use an H-pattern gearshift configuration; they became the standard of American luxury cars during the Roaring 20s and beyond with owners such as Clark Gable. Packard eventually merged with Studebaker, and the last Packard was build 30 years after the demise of its founder, in 1958. Here's a close look at the car Gable bought a couple years after the twin-six above, a 1934 Packard Super 8 Coupe: