Packard, an auto company which lasted from 1899 to 1958, is often a symbol of the classic era of cars from Detroit; the quality vehicles and elite owners painted the brand as a luxury one, especially since the automobiles often came with the trademark (and quite fancy) Coat of Arms.
The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum reproduces a 1920′s Packard showroom and holds nearly two dozen of the classic cars (kept in working order) as part of the country’s largest collection of Packard memorabilia.
Arthur and Shirley Stone collected Packard items beginning in the 1940′s and eventually relocated themselves and their collection to Fort Lauderdale. Now they’ve established a museum where anyone can come ogle and/or drool over the shiny vintage cars – cars that, essentially, have become reminiscent of a slower time, when owners prided themselves on how they got there as much as on where they were headed.
In the exhibits, you can find things like vintage ads, license plates, hand-wound dashboard clocks, spark plugs, jukeboxes, parking meters, horns, radiators, radios, hubcaps, road signs, taillights, headlights, books, tires, carburetors, decanters, whiskey, sirens, fans, and medallions. And that’s in addition to, of course, the actual cars! Highlights: a 1909 Packard Model 18 Speedster and a 1916 Packard Model 1-35 Twin-Six Town Car Limo – the latter being the only one of its kind known still to exist.
The Packard slogan was once “Ask the man who owns one.” Well, it’s safe to say that seeing a museum with twenty-two of them is a close second. If you’re in Miami, take the trip up north and see it for yourself!