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          One more from last spring’s drive home from Texas. You know, I checked the archives today, and out of the hundreds of pics we’ve featured here these past few years, there have been only three Packards. Well, here’s number four: a 1951 Packard 200 sedan, found in a front yard just outside of Killeen, Texas. It was one of the last completely new Packards before  the marque was absorbed by Studebaker for the 1957 model year — an experiment which lasted all of two years. One of the reasons for Packard’s demise? The 200 was probably one of them. Whereas Packards used to be luxury boats, the 200 came down a peg to the medium price range, and put the kibosh on Packard’s good name. Imagine Cadillac bringing out a car to compete with Mercury. Horrors! Another reason, or two, Packard drove itself down the slippery slope could be found under the hood: a straight-eight engine (straight out of the 1930s, as it turned out), connected to an Ultramtic transmission (essentially a one-speed). Ugh.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know  

jim@artvoice.com