|1912 Packard in Honolulu, Hawaii|
This recently acquired photo shows what I believe to be a 1912 Packard model UE. The model UE is a 40hp, 4 cylinders, 7-person touring car on a 123.5 inch wheelbase. The 1911 model UD and the 1912 model UE look very similar, but I believe this car is a 1912. What makes this photo interesting is that it is inscribed on the back “Honolulu, HI”.
There were over a 1000 cars registered in Honolulu by 1912 (more than I would have thought) and the city was quite cosmopolitan. Starting in 1907, Packard was represented by the von Hamm-Young Company of Honolulu. The company was an established and sizable importer of machinery, automobiles, textiles, and other business entities such as insurance. Through a subsidiary, the American- Hawaiian Motors Co., von Hamm-Young would run a large automobile and garage business. Partners Conrad von Hamm, Alexander and Archibald Young, were influential in the Honolulu Iron Works, Sugar plantations, and the hotel business - the Young’s founded the Hawaiian resort industry. The company is said to have brought the first cars, refrigerators, gasoline stations and radios to the islands.