The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 191

1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible

$51,150 USD | Sold

United States | Grapevine, Texas

20 October 2012

Chassis No.

Series 5580. 275 hp, 352 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine, two 4-barrel carburetors, automatic transmission, torsion bar self-leveling suspension, and power assisted four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127 in.

It is ironic that Packard closed its doors just as the company introduced what may be the most innovative and well designed product line in the history of the company. The 1955 models were so revolutionary that Packard started its model designation system over again, referring to the new line as the first series. New styling across the board was modern, fresh, and attractive. The top of the line Caribbean convertible featured striking new three-tone paint schemes, two-tone leather interiors, and a lavish and striking dash layout. At $5,932, the cars were breathtaking in more ways than one, yet Packard only built 500 examples, making this a very rare Caribbean indeed.

Part of the Charlie Thomas Collection for nearly five years, this Packard is finished in the most desirable red center color scheme and matching tri-tone leather interior. Accessories include dual spotlights, dual power rear antennae, a power seat, power windows, a clock, and a day/night rearview mirror. An aftermarket Alpine CD sound system has been neatly hidden in the glove box. The upholstery and leather dash pad all present well, although some detailing of the instruments and trim might be in order. Under the hood, the engine compartment is found neatly finished with dual carburetors and chrome valve covers. The trunk compartment is equally clean and accessorized with a Kelsey-Hayes spare wheel and Silvertown tire, jack equipment, and soft top boot. This is a top-level driver that can be enjoyed immediately or carefully taken to a higher level of quality.

With a very low survival rate, this ’55 offers the new owner a chance to obtain an automobile that is rarely offered to the public. The first of only two years with the dual quad set-up, this Caribbean typifies Detroit-built luxury of the 1950s.

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