Packard was an American luxury-type automobile
An automobile, autocar, motor car or car is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transporting passengers, which also carries its own engine or motor...

 marque built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
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, and later by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation
Studebaker-Packard Corporation
The Studebaker-Packard Corporation was the entity created by the purchase of the Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana, by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, in 1954.Packard acquired Studebaker in the transaction...

 of South Bend, Indiana
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. The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last in 1958.
Packard was founded by James Ward Packard
James Ward Packard
James Ward Packard was an American automobile manufacturer who founded the Packard Motor Car Company and Packard Electric Company with his brother William Doud Packard.-Life and career:...

 (Lehigh University
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 Class of 1884), his brother William Doud Packard and their partner, George Lewis Weiss, in the city of Warren, Ohio
Warren, Ohio
As of the census of 2000, there were 46,832 people, 19,288 households and 12,035 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,912.4 people per square mile . There were 21,279 housing units at an average density of 1,322.9 per square mile...

. James Ward Packard believed that they could build a better horseless carriage than the Winton
Winton Motor Carriage Company
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 cars owned by Weiss (an important Winton stockholder) and, being himself a mechanical engineer, had some ideas for improvement on the designs of current automobiles.