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Rail, auto, and aviation innovations at The Henry Ford history museum

Tech of the past: Packard Model F

This 1903 Packard Model F runabout was a competitor for the Ford Model A. This particular unit made the second-ever cross continent trip in 1903 taking 61 days. (The first was earlier that year and took 63 days.) This began the tradition of Cannonball Run, which would continue for the next several decades culminating in the 1979 Jaguar XJ-S 32 hour, 51 minute trip. This vehicle cost $2,500 (5 years, 1 month average salary) and had 12 horsepower.

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