Historic Gearhead Americana: Packard Car Haulers, Army Trucks, Big Rigs, Turn of The Century Car Shows, and More!


Historic Gearhead Americana: Packard Car Haulers, Army Trucks, Big Rigs, Turn of The Century Car Shows, and More!

(Photos from Detroit Public Library Digital Archive) – I know some pretty tough people but I’m not sure even the modern toughies I know would thrive in the harsh realities of the world as it was back in the early 1900s. I mean, those people were TOUGH. Heck, look at the two guys in the front seat of the 1905 Packard truck hauling the 1905 Packard Model N in the lead photo. Wide open to the elements, snow on the ground, will coat on, jaw clenched. Those guys were not exactly wilting daisies, were they? The same can be said for many of the people featured in these historic photos from the Detroit Public Library digital archive.

Can you image being a part of the group riding in the truck that’s pictured here driving up Mt. Washington in 1905?! Mechanical brakes, lord knows what kind of oil spitting engine, and a suspension system that was literally identical to a Conestoga wagon. Speed would not be a concern there but having the guts to actually drive up and then the wherewithal to be abel to slow on the way down would keep us freaked until the trip was over.

There’s a load of great stuff in here. One of our favorite images is the first one below with all the guys assembling the Army truck during WWII. Want to talk about all hands on deck? That’s the look right there.

Click the images below to expand them and then scroll on to see them all –

 

 

 


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2 thoughts on “Historic Gearhead Americana: Packard Car Haulers, Army Trucks, Big Rigs, Turn of The Century Car Shows, and More!

  1. DW

    Great photos Brian, thanks for sharing. Lots of photos close to home, my great uncle was involved in d-day, so the troop transports reminded me of him. I restored higher end pre war Packards for decades in Michigan, lots of good memories from these pics!

  2. Marc

    The 5th picture shows the original Champion Spark Plug factory in Toledo, Ohio. The 2 cars on the left side of the image were sales or advertising cars, with large globes on the deck behind the passenger compartment. The truck on the right has a spark plug painted behind the cab.

    I used to work for Champion, and they had a box of old photos, including some of these sales cars. I wish I would have scanned them before I left.

    I just found out about the Dork-O-Motive podcast, and I’m trying to get caught up on them. I’m enjoying the stories.

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