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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.
Lucille Vincent sitting in a lawn chair at the Packard Proving GroundsPackard Motor Car Foundation

Lucile Vincent mistress of the Packard Proving Grounds

Lucile Vincent, wife of the PPG’s superintendent, Charles Vincent, was busy raising her three daughters within the beautiful lodge built by Albert Kahn. But, what do we know about Lucile?
Scott Gross

D.D. Gross Motor Sales: The Packard Era Comes to an End

The eleventh and final installment of guest blogger Scott Gross' series! The latter years of D.D. Gross Motor Sales concluded the Gross family's foray into automobile sales.

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.

D.D. Gross Motor Sales: The 1952 Twin Packards

The tenth (and penultimate) installment of guest blogger Scott Gross' series! The story of two cousins who purchased "twin" 1952 Packards, refurbishing and customizing them to perfection.

D.D. Gross Motor Sales: Stories from a 1950s Packard Mechanic

The ninth installment of guest blogger Scott Gross' series! Scott's father, Roger, describes his time working at D.D. Gross Motor Sales beginning in 1950.

D.D. Gross Motor Sales: Packard Dealership Advertising

The eighth installment of guest blogger Scott Gross' series! A deep dive into the use of newspaper advertising to promote the products available at D.D. Gross Motor Sales, from Packards to lawn mowers.
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).