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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 5, 1920

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Oct. 5, 1920


A new Packard model, the single-six, which is lighter than the twin-six, but of the same quality and which will sell for a medium price, is now on the market.

“The record this new car has made in the tests, which have covered the equivalent of more than three years of hard service, indicate that it makes the opening of a new era in the manufacture of lightweight automobiles as respects both performance and economy,” declares Mr. Hall of the Seely V. Hall Motor Co. “It gives a gasoline mileage up to 17 miles to the gallon, according to the driver and road conditions, and runs 2,000 miles on a gallon of oil. Some of the tires on the test cars have been in fair condition after 25,000 miles service, and an average above 15,000 miles to a tire is confidently expected. The condition of the test cars after thousands of miles of rough usage justifies the engineers in predicting that the life of the car will be ten years.

Production of the new car has been established without interfering with that of the twin. Preparations for it have been under way for months, and the company expects to turn out at least 15,000 of the cars in 1921. Bodies are made in four standard models: Five passenger touring car, sedan, three passenger roadster and coupe.

“The single-six has been designed to meet the demand for a vehicle for general purposes that will respond to the need of economy in operation caused by rising prices of fuel and tires, that will be easy to maneuver in traffic and will park in a short space at the curb, but that will have the highest quality and the reliability endurance and appearance. To accomplish these, the Packard designers have built a lighter car than the twin, one with a shorter wheelbase and with an engine having six cylinders instead of twelve. They have maintained Packard standards in materials and workmanship ...

“In designing this car the Packard engineers have made no attempt to include any startling features except the Packard fuelizer, or any extremes. They have aimed to use advanced engineering skill to produce an all-around car that will give the maximum of service, comfort and road-ability for the price, and that will not lose either in serviceability or appearance for many years. The design has been carefully studied to insure that the car will stand up for long periods with the minimum of service attention and care from its owner or driver.

“This car on the road will throttle down to 2 miles an hour on high gear, and will accelerate from this speed to 25 miles in 12 seconds and 45 miles in 20 seconds.”

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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