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Packard Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

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Conveniently located two blocks north of 17th Street on the west side of S.W. 1st. Ave.(Packard Ave.) Situated between Downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Airport.

1527 S.W. 1st. Ave.(Packard Ave.) Ft Lauderdale, FL 33315

Phone: (954)779-7300

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I don’t care if you are into sports cars, hot rod, customs or any other car you see at a car show you will enjoy this museum. No there is not a muscle car in site and no there are no metal flake paint jobs. The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum is about only one kind of car, the Packard. It has the biggest collection of Packards and Packard memorabilia in the World according to staff at the museum.

Packard Museum

When we walked in we were impressed but once we started walking around and discovered there were multiple rooms of cars we were ready to settle in for a long tour. We spent two hours at the facility and could easily have spent twice that.

Each car has its own book of facts and history displayed with the vehicle. Some are brief and others are extensive. Some of the cars have an interesting history of fame and others are just good old Packards.

Packard Museum

When I was growing up the Packard had already slipped into being an “old man’s car”. It wasn’t cool but the older folks seemed to have a certain respect for the car name. As I grew older I just thought of the Packard as the car Studebaker bought and later killed off. Touring this museum certainly gave me a much greater respect for the brand name and a much better appreciation of what the car once was.

Packard Museum

In its day it was the American Rolls Royce and was the car you had to have if you were a “somebody” in America. It didn’t matter if you were a Hollywood Movie Star or a President, if it was prior to WWII you wanted a Packard.

Packard Museum

The following are but a few of the fantastic vehicles on display at the Packard Antique Car Museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If you are ever in that part of the Country and have had enough beach time drive over to the museum and see what you have been missing.

Packard Museum

This is my favorite car in the entire museum. It is a 1909 Packard Model “18” Gentleman’s Runabout Speedster. 1 of 11.

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

I will never be able to own one of these Brass cars but wow are they works of art.

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

The grill shell design was a Packard trademark.

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

Packard never made a pickup or truck of any kind but this is a very well built custom.

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

This is a 1916 Model 1-35 Town Car Limo with a twin six. What is a twin six? Look below.

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

This is the only one know to exist.

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

A twin six is a V-12 of sorts made from mating two in line six cylinder engines together. This twin has 424 cubic inches with 88HP.

Packard Museum

Check out this interior; now that is a limo!

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

This 1921 Model “3-35” is a 7-Passenger Touring Twin Six. It was used in the Inaugural Parade in New York City with passengers Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, and Albert Einstein!

Packard Museum

The owner also hosts events in the museum around the cars thus the need for a vintage bar!

Packard Museum

There are cabinets and displays throughout the museum. We could have spent at least another two hours on just this stuff.

Packard Museum

So you think a windshield radio antenna is trick? This ornate hood ornament is also the radio antenna.

Packard Museum

This is the first of its kind 1938 Funeral “Flower Car”.

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

This is also one of my favorites from the collection. It is a 1926 Model “243” 7-Passenger Touring body.

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

This is also one of the Packards I always think about, 1955 Caribbean Convertible. These cars are great.

Packard Museum



Packard Museum

Packard Museum

This is a 1929 Model “645” Dual Cowl Phaeton



Packard Museum

Packard Museum

This grill is pure art.

Packard Museum

I think this is one of the most beautiful cars in the collection.

Packard Museum

Unfortunately, this is what I use to think of when you said Packard.

Packard Museum

Packard Museum

Packard never built a Firetruck but they supplied many a chassis for commercial heavy duty use. This is a 1930 model.

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  1. David Berry says:

    Great web site. My friend has restored Mrs. Scott’s (Scott Lawn Care) 1938 Parkard Limo. It has a stright eight engine.

  2. Peter R Bonk says:

    I have been an avid follower of the Packard marque for over sixty years and have collected and/or scratch built mosatly 1:43 scale models of every year of Packards exsistance. Now have over 95 models. Do you sell any collectibles? Thanks for letting me view your collection. I think its a great website. Keep up the good wo0rk. Peter

  3. rfleener says:

    We are not the museum but did do a review of our visti there. If you would like to contact the museum directly you can visit their site at http://www.antiquecarmuseum.org/site/about/about_main.html. Their phone number is (954)779-7300. Sounds like you have an interesting collection of scale models.

  4. ron halicki says:

    my family ran a packard dealership in dunkirk, ny from 1948 to 1958. as a child i wore a t shirt that must have been part of a promo (like the packard banks) that stated , ” my fathers drives a packard”

    do you have anything in your archives that my have an image front and back of that t shirt, or a guess as to what firm my have provided them for dealers?

    hope to visit your beautiful museum sometime. thanks ron.. somethings just make a lasting impression.. packards provided that feeling in abundance.

  5. Mike Mucci says:

    Have never visited, but was aware of the museum and knew Arthur Stone many years ago. Recent article in Old Cars Weekly re-kindled my interest to the extent that I am currently planning a tour from Stuart, FL to the facility January 23, 2011, for the Treasure Coast Region, AACA. Very impressive website…I’m sure we’ll enjoy the visit.

  6. kaarlo harikko says:

    It was astonishing to see that there is a packard museo in Florida,,,we are snowbirds from finland and we have been here more than 10 years and notice not your excistence,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,now we must wisit there some day during our stay in FL.
    regards
    harikko

  7. kaarlo harikko says:

    Hello,

    We shall visit your museo at near future.
    regards
    harikko

  8. L Alford says:

    I am trying to trace any information on a Packard car which was imported into the UK. Around 1920. It was a car which had a Dickie seat and was bought by my Great, Great Aunt Mrs M E Rawnsley of Halifax, Yorkshire, Emgland. The salesman in London who sold it to her was called John Burdock, who later went to live and work in Halifax as
    Her Chauffeur/Mechanic and later became Mayor of Halifax. I’m afraid i have no further information but if anyone can help to advise me where to look, I would be grateful. Many
    Thanks Leonie Alford

  9. Thomas von Hellens says:

    Dear Sir.
    My name is Thomas von Hellens and i`m from Finland. I find this museum via website. When i went trough my mothers belongings after she past away, i found a sales-broschyr : PACKARD ” 38 ” 1913.
    It`s about 20 sides whit carmodels, engines and Packard car dealers.
    How it came to my mother is moust probably because her father had one off the first Packards in Finland, he was also a cardealer and boat motor / engine dealer and only USA motor dealer ( Caille,Knox,Peerless Marine Motors, Grimm Marine Motors, Valley Boat&Engines).
    If You are interested off the Packard brouschyr i would be more than happy to send it to Your Museum.
    Hope You can read and understand my ” school english “.

    Best regards Thomas von Hellens.

    PS:If You know some boat / boat motor + boat engines museum in USA and i can turn to about all off the broushyres ( about 50 from the 1911-1916 )

  10. Ray patten says:

    Would love to see your museum , I worked at Packards in the early fifty’s, the factory was on east grand blvd in Detroit.I worked on the assembly line and did serious jobs but mostly installing the headliners and door hardware, what beautiful automobiles they were, mostly they were to expensive for most factory workers.my wadges were just over 2 dollars a hour.they had great quality control.

    Ray patten in Columbus ohio

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