- Packard’s Ninth Series featured 12 new bodies.
- The Ninth series offered a 12-cylinder engine, along with a lower-priced 8 cylinder to remain competitive during the Depression.
- This series featured “Ride Control” allowing the driver to adjust the shock absorbers while driving.
Never a company to follow marketing trends, Packard preferred to reference its automobiles by series rather than model year. The Ninth Series marketed during 1932 featured 12 new bodies, including this 902. Chassis improvements included increased horsepower, synchromesh transmission and “Ride Control,” a system where the driver could adjust the shock absorbers while driving. The lower profile bodies gave the conservative company a modern look.
Since 1900, Packard had built a reputation for producing some of America’s finest luxury cars. In keeping with that reputation, Packard introduced a new 12-cylinder automobile in the Ninth Series. Facing the challenges of the Great Depression, Packard also introduced the Light Eight as its entry into the mid-price field.
The ongoing poor luxury car market forced Packard to produce even lesser priced automobiles in 1935. This and other market factors began Packard’s decline and, after a distinguished history, production ceased in 1958.