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Category: Packard

1912 Packard Landaulet

by Peter
Categories: Cars, Diecast models, Matchbox, Packard, Yesteryear
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Matchbox has long since been making ‘Models of Yesteryear’ and variations of these have been known, the popular 1912 Packard Landaulet must be in every Yesteryear collection but did you know there were two versions?

These are the pink and yellow box era and if you look at the picture below the left one has a black plastic steering wheel and the one on the right a metal  brassed coloured steering wheel and metal silver coloured column.

The only other variation I know of  is the later anniversary edition sold in a white box , I had eight of these but now all sold except one that is part of my collection.

The real car
The Packard Motor Car Company started in 1902. However the company was originally started as the New York and Ohio Automobile Company by brothers James and William Packard in 1898. In 1901 the name of the company was changed to the Ohio Automobile Company and changed again in 1902 when the company became the Packard Motor Company. The product range was aimed at the top end of the market and its cheaper lines were not particularly successful.

The Packard Landaulet modelled by Matchbox was apparently based on an example purchased and restored by Henry Austin Clark Jr. The information on the box stated that the car could then be seen at the Long Island Automotive Museum.