Packard Model 4-48 5-Passenger Touring
Packard’s first six, a massive 525-cubic inch T-head, debuted in April 1911. Designated Model 48 for its rated horsepower, it developed a full 74 bhp at 1,720 rpm, and Packard advertised that it would reach “60 miles per hour in 30 seconds from a standing start.” A Bosch dual ignition system was used, along with Packard’s unique float-feed carburetor with automatic mixture control. Prices started at $5,000 and ranged upward to $6,550. Thirteen body styles were offered on wheelbases from 121.5 to 139 inches. The new car immediately became popular, with nearly 1,350 sold in the first year of production and a lengthy list of anxious customers awaiting delivery.
In the summer of 1912, the new 1913 Model 2-48 was introduced, with eight more brake horsepower, improved lubrication and electric headlamps. The fuel tank was moved to the rear, its place under the driver’s seat taken by the battery and tool box previously on the running boards. Early in 1913, the Model 3-48, sometimes called “New 48” and in some company documents “1448,” arrived, with it left-hand drive and a combination starter-generator.
In February 1914 came the fourth iteration of the 48 called, appropriately, 4-48. Its wheelbase extended to 144 inches, but the big news was under the hood. Although the engine displacement remained the same, instead of three blocks of two cylinders it had two blocks of three and seven main bearings and was of L-head configuration. Prices ranged from $4,750 to $6,510, and 441 were built during its five months of production, through June 1914.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
82 bhp, 525 cu. in. L-head six-cylinder engine, three-speed transaxle, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and two-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 144"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Rick Szymanski