1918-1919 Packard runabout, official pace car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

1918-1919

8x10 black and white Packard Co. file photograph of a 1918-1919 Packard parked on side of road, tent in right background, other cars and racing board in left background. Inscribed on photo back: 12-cylinder, 90-horsepower, 128-inch wheelbase, third series twin six, 3-25, special runabout, driver Jessie G. Vincent, passenger Ralph de Palma, this car with Mr. Vincent at wheel, functioned as official pace car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Memorial Day Race, 30 May, 1919, during which event Mr. de Palma drove Packard "299" racer #4 to sixth place finish, noteworthy design features: bright metal radiator and headlamp ensemble set further aft than on production models, boat tail or semi-boat tail rear. Note relationships among fender, rear deck and spare tire, solid unbroken chassis apron between body and running board.


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