For 1956, a year after Chrysler had announced its 300 horsepower, top-of-the-line engine, Packard announced its 374-cid version which was used in the senior cars, and which, in the Caribbean with its two, four-barrel carburetor arrangement produced 310 horsepower The Caribbean version was the most powerful engine available in an American production car in 1956. Production was ended on June 25, 1956 and Packard was able to sell only a limited number of 1956 Caribbean’s; 276 convertibles and 263 hardtop coupes.
Auburn Fall | Lot 4106
1956 Packard Caribbean
$74,250 USD | Sold
| Auburn, Indiana
3 September 2016
- 374-cid V-8 engine
- Automatic transmission
- Only 276 convertibles produced
- Striking tri-color combination
- Data tag confirms these colors from original
- Chrome Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels
- Highly optioned example
- Proper restoration to factory specifications
This Packard is a well-equipped example with chrome Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels, dual mirrors, whitewall tires, radio with dual antennas, clock, power windows and power convertible top. The photo of the included data tag has color code MES which translates to one of four standard 1956 Caribbean tri-color combinations, in the case Dover White, Danube Blue and Roman Copper. This tri-color is carried into the lavish interior and is confirmed by the same tag denoting trim 92, as presented. This car has received a proper restoration, bringing this car back to showroom condition.