View Full Version : Some news about the Packard plant

05-02-2017, 09:24 AM

05-02-2017, 11:54 AM
Hopefully, this time is the charm. There has been progress in other parts of Detroit like this, generally with spits and sputters, but progress none the less.

It does look from the articles that they have finally found someone to commit to the redevelopment like South Bend has with a couple of the old Studebaker Plants.

Thanks for the post, Bob

05-02-2017, 04:07 PM
The story and what happened to Packard is so sad, wish things had turned out differently for Packard and Studebaker.
Glad to see something good is finally happening, thanks for posting the link.

05-02-2017, 08:22 PM
As with the Studebaker Admin Building, seeing is believing!!! stupak

05-03-2017, 01:05 PM
Man, that is really good news. I hope it continues to fruition. Thanks for the info.

06-02-2017, 09:50 PM
I found this at TheOldMotor about the same thing. http://theoldmotor.com/?p=164480

06-02-2017, 11:19 PM
The former Packard plant is the largest industrial ruin in the world.

A developer from Lima Peru bought it, paying circa 400 grand.

Most of the trash has been hauled away, some exterior work on the former administration building was performed a year or so ago.

Some/most (pick one) people are unaware what year it was...that the last car was assembled.

A pic on the net shows a 1954 Clipper heading down the line, behind it, workers are removing the assembly line tracks.

Packard had leased a former Briggs body plant from Chrysler (Chrysler bought Briggs in 1953), then moved 1955 and 1956 production there.

This was HUGE and as it turned out, a costly mistake. Packard would have been much better off using this plant to assembly bodies, then having them trucked to East Grand Blvd.

This is what occurred when Briggs was making the Packard bodies (1941/42 Clipper, 1946/54 all except what Henney was making).

btw: When Chrysler bought Briggs in 1953, they told Hudson & Packard that they would make bodies for their 1954 models.

But after 1954, they would have to find another source to have their bodies made. This sounded the death knell for Hudson, that due to the Jet, was in terrible financial shape.

If Hudson hadn't merged with Nash in 1954, would probably have gone out of business by 1955.

IMO: The only reason that Nash prexy George Mason wanted Hudson, was to acquire their dealer network.