Binghamton Packard Dealership Brings Back Nostalgic Memories [VIDEO]
People love looking at classic cars. It’s an testament to the popularity of the upcoming Cruisin’ Pallooza Car Show and Bike event in Whitney Point, June 28th, that people look forward to car shows, and the nostalgic charm it represents.
One car that was pretty hot in the Binghamton area at one time was the Packard. According to Wikipedia,”Packard was an American automobile marque built by the Packard Motor Company of Detroit, Michigan, and later by Studebaker-Packard of South Bend, Indiana. The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last in 1958.”
The first video I have located is circa 1930 of the Merville Motor Car Company, located in Downtown Binghamton somewhere near the State Street area. One person I spoke with, thinks it may have been located at the current site of Lost Dog Cafe. Take a close look at the workers at this Binghamton car dealership to see if by chance to recognize relatives. I would love to hear your stories.
One of the proud owners of Packard was the President of Endicott Johnson Shoe Company, George F. Johnson, which you can see his display in front of his famous shoe factories that still stand to this day in Johnson City.
I can’t promise you this year’s Cruisin’ Pallooza Car Show and Bike event will have any Packards on the Broome County Fairgrounds field, but you can bet I’ll be on the lookout for some.