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#7464 Packard 223 Two Seater Roadster Fire Chief (1926) Louwman Museum

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Packard 223 Two Seater Roadster Fire Chief (1926) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)

Packard was an American luxury automobile marque built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, United States. This Packard fire chief's car has attractive 'blind' or 'disc' wheels, instead of the usual spoked wheels which were less sturdy. Fire Chief Augustin J. Cote from Woonsocket in the American state of Rhode Island was once described by a colleague as a 'Packard Man'. In 1926 he bought this Packard six-cylinder as a "first aid" car, one of the first of its kind in the state. The car, equipped with two warning lights and a siren, as well as a large searchlight and a bell, was cherished by Cote. He seldom drove the car himself but had one of his two assistants drive him. Whether summer or winter, the hood was almost always down. The Packard was in service until Cote retired in 1954, after which the car was sold to a private buyer. The latter fully restored the car which was then thirty years old, but he removed all the fire equipment. Around 2005 the Packard was restored once more to its original specification as a fire chief's car.
Augustin J. Cote's years of service can still be seen on the door of the car: from 1901 to 1954.

The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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