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Detroit, Michigan, USA- April 24, 2016: A car passing by the famous abandoned Packard plant in Detroit. This factory was closed in 1958.

Current Day Packard

WESTLAKE, TEXAS – OCTOBER 27: A 1929 Packard Phaeton Model 640 is on display at the 2nd Annual Westlake Classic Car Show on October 27, 2012 in Westlake, Texas.

American history is slowly eroding and it has recently become a task for the big three to renovate some of the older facilities used throughout the years to manufacture their automobiles. But what remains of current day Packard is on the other end of the spectrum.

DETROIT, MI- DECEMBER 13: A desk remains at the abandoned Packard Automotive Plant December 13, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Peru-based developer Fernando Palazuelo made his final payment on the Packard Plant, which he won during a Wayne County auction for $405,000. Palazuelo plans on developing the former automotive plant where luxury Packard cars were made in the coming years. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Packard was and is no stranger to foreclosures and now the current owner of the Packard facility is at risk of a Wayne County foreclosure. It is reported that 3 years have lapsed since he has paid the taxes on the facility, which gives the county the legal authority to conduct a foreclosure sale.

The Wayne County Treasurer’s Office will accept payments on unpaid taxes until March 31, 2019 or  property owners can establish payment plans. If no remedies are presented by the owners, the county will begin foreclosure proceedings.

Detroit, Michigan, USA- April 24, 2016: Abandoned remains of the once famous Packard plant in Detroit, closed in 1958.

As we watch our automotive historical landmarks in America dissolve, we still have the interest in the classic vehicles such as the Packards that will continue the legacy, but as a society we are at a turning point as to whether we choose to preserve that part of history that is only a generation’s length away or lose it forever.

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – AUGUST 3: A winged, wheeled female figure forms the hood ornament on a 1939 Packard Victoria at the Meadow Brook Hall Concours D’elegance August 3, 2003 in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Considered one of the most prestigious events of its kind, the outdoor exhibition featured 250 of the world’s finest vintage automobiles. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the show included an unprecedented display of 25 Duesenbergs, brought together from around the word. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Let’s hope that enthusiasts, whether it be classic car investors, clubs or other preservation entities will step in and give our ancestors a renovated glimpse into the history that started the evolution of transit, regardless of where that evolution technology ends.

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