Packard 200 (Two-Hundred) range and history
|Packard 200 Vehicle technical details|
|Production:||1951 to 1952|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine and Powertrain|
The Packard 200 (pronounced Two-Hundred ) was a passenger car manufactured by the Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit in the 1951 and 1952 model years. The 200 models were the least expensive of Packard with the shortest wheelbase and the weakest engine, a series eight-cylinder with 4719 cc.
At the same time, the company also produced the Packard 250 (pronounced: Two-Fifty ), which had the same wheelbase and the same body as the 200, but was equipped with the larger engine with 5358 cc displacement.
The 1951 models of the Packard 200 and 250 were presented as the lowest-priced Packard model series on August 24, 1950 and replaced the standard models that expired in 1950. The 200 was the first of the newly designed by John Reinhart model series. They replaced the pompous Packards of the 22nd and 23rd series, which were manufactured from 1948 to 1950. Reinhart's "High Pocket" design was more formal than its predecessor and was pursued by Packard until the end of 1956, when the actual Packard production ceased.
Both models, the 200 and the 250, were considered "Junior" models and differed from the larger Packard 300 and Packard Patrician 400 in their shorter wheelbase (3099 mm versus 3226 mm) and less equipment. The Packard 200 standard was available as a 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe and 3-seater business coupe (without back seat). Although the "Junior" models looked similar to the larger Packard models, but did not have the eye-catching Pelikan radiator figure and had vertical taillights instead of horizontal on the larger models. Also, they had no panoramic rear window .
The model 250 was introduced in March 1951 and should fill the corresponding gaps in the Packard model range with hardtop models and convertibles. In addition to these specific types of construction, these cars were recognized by their three jet stripes on the rear fenders. The cars also had a better exterior and better upholstery.
All Packard 200 had a two-tone fanfare, two sun visors, bumper riders rear and front, spare wheel and tool set. The DeLuxe equipment contained in addition to the standard Spartan equipment chrome trim rings on the wheels and flashing lights (instead of Winkern). They also had whitewall tires and hubcaps.
Equipment details that have been standard in the auto industry since the late 1960s, such as heating, radio, tinted windows, carpets, etc. were only available as an option on Packard, as were all other automakers during this period. Packard was also the first automaker to offer a brake booster in 1951. He called himself "Easamatic" and was made by Bendix specifically for Packard.
1952 there were only a few changes in the chrome trim. The business coupe fell, as with other US automakers in that time, away.
Although Packard sold over 100,000 cars in 1951, too many of them were small models in the 200 and 250 series. The great Packards - the traditional niche Packard operated before World War II , in the 1920s and 1930s - were only in two model series - the 300 and the Patrician 400 - available, and both were available only in one version, the 4-door sedan. Dealers who were on the alert sold the chrome trim of the 300 and Patrician 400 models for the smaller 200 and 250 models, watering the visual difference between the expensive, large models and the smaller, cheaper ones.
To remedy this situation, Packard was able to win James J. Nance , the head of Hotpoint , who was to re-establish Packard as the leading automaker. One of his first measures was the task of numerical model designations in favor of real names. Nance also made sure the big Packards looked wider and had more chrome trim to distinguish them from the smaller models. Nance also had special show cars designed to make a splash in the engine press and make Packard look less sickly.
The models 200 and 250 were renamed the Packard Special / DeLuxe , part of Nance's plan to make it their own car brand in 1956 and give Packard the name of an exclusive luxury car manufacturer.