Vintage, early 20th century Singer sewing machine on display in the Lodge House at the Packard Proving Ground.Hilary Davis

Small-Scale 20th Century Design: The Singer Sewing Machine

A different kind of 20th Century engineering! Exploring the Singer sewing machine.

Check It Out: Continuing the PPG Library Project

Our holdings include a diverse array of print publications, newsletters, magazines, and Packard-original documents that we plan to preserve and protect for the long term.
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Packard Towing Dynamometer

The Packard Proving Grounds is in possession of a unique artifact of Detroit history, one that was a common sight at the Proving Grounds - the Packard Towing Dynamometer.
Scott Gross

D.D. Gross Motor Sales: Stories from Around the Shop

The seventh installment of guest blogger Scott Gross' series! Read the firsthand accounts of the folks who kept operations at D.D. Gross Motor Sales running smoothly.

D.D. Gross Motor Sales: New Packard Sales During the 1950s

The sixth installment of guest blogger Scott Gross' series! The 1950s brought a great amount of success to D.D. Gross Motor Sales.

D.D. Gross Motor Sales: 1949 – The Golden Anniversary Advertising

The fifth installment of guest blogger Scott Gross' series! When Packard's 50th Anniversary came around, D.D. Gross Motor Sales was ready to celebrate. Promoting the anniversary created some great publicity for the dealership, as well as generated some great customer engagement.

D.D. Gross Motor Sales: 1940s Postwar Business

The fourth installment of guest blogger Scott Gross' series! D.D. Gross Motor Sales adapted to the changing post-WWII world through clever marketing strategies (and excellent customer service).

D.D. Gross Motor Sales: Carrying On During Wartime

The third installment of guest blogger Scott Gross' series! This week, Scott shares the impact that the WWII effort had on D.D. Gross Motor Sales.
Black and white yearbook image of D.D. Gross Motors.Scott Gross

D.D. Gross Motor Sales: 1940 – The Packard Franchise Begins

The second installment of guest blogger Scott Gross' series! Exploring D.D. Gross Motor Sales' foray in the Packard franchise.

D.D. Gross Motor Sales: Introducing a Family Legacy

Guest blogger Scott Gross introduces the story of his family's legacy: a successful automotive dealership based in Ohio.
Close-up image of the 1955 Packard chassis display, showing the chrome interior and repainted body.Rick Mayer

The REAL Story of the 1956 Packard Chassis Display

Guest blogger Dave Dolby spills the REAL scoop on the crowd-pleasing 1956 Packard chassis display.