Forgotten Luxury Cars

Cars like Packard once ruled the luxury world but are now only a memory. Could today's high-end autos suffer the same fate?

Since the invention of the automobile, there have been many companies that have thought building luxury cars would be their ticket to lasting success. Yet today once-luminous marques such as Packard, Cord, Hispano-Suiza, and Delahaye now only seem like so many rolling Ozymandiases, their achievements noted only in the history books and classic-car auctions, their original creators and customers deader than spats, silent movies, and the Hapsburg Empire.

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