A car that made a drive from Buffalo to New York City in the Pan-American Exposition race over 120 years ago, has found a new home here in The Queen City.

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A 1901 Packard Model-C was unveiled at the Pierce-Arrow Auto Museum over the weekend (Saturday, November 13th).  The famous car took part in the Buffalo to NYC race way back in 1901. A race that was meant to test the reliability and speed of the top automobiles of the day.  The Race, according to ConceptCarz.com, was never completed, due to the assassination of President Mckinley here in Buffalo.

The car, built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit Michigan, is the last surviving automobile that took part in the over 350-mile endurance race at the turn of the twentieth century and had a top speed of 22-25 miles per hour. The Model C was the third model produced by Packard. It was one step up from the Model B with a more powerful engine measuring a whopping 12 horsepower, and it was also the first Packard to use a steering wheel, instead of a tiller.

The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last Detroit-built Packard rolled off of the assembly line in 1956.

The purchase of the historic car was made possible by The Bill & Jean Irr Family Foundation, and you can see the Historic 1901 Packard Model C in person at the Pierce-Arrow Museum at 263 Michigan Avenue in Buffalo, Fridays & Saturdays from 11a-4pm.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 13 and under.

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