Fort Lauderdale | Lot 608

1953 Packard Caribbean

$79,200 USD | Sold

United States | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

23 March 2013

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  • Only 750 examples built
  • Older restoration
  • Still looks fantastic
  • Climate-controlled environment
  • Very luxurious, yet sporty

Renowned designer Richard Teague penned the handsome lines of the Packard Caribbean, using elements inspired in part by the Packard Pan American, a show car that was displayed at the 1952 New York Auto Show. Only 750 examples – all convertibles – were produced in this first year of availability. This stunning and rare car is powered by a 327-cid, 180-hp inline eight-cylinder engine with a four-barrel carburetor and is connected to an automatic transmission.

In 1985 this particular Packard received a complete restoration; the vehicle was completely disassembled and refurbished, including the engine and transmission. A brand new wiring harness was also part of this restoration. This Packard has so many beautiful details, and each one was prepared with meticulous attention applied. The interior was completed in leather. The power convertible top operates like it just came off the showroom floor. Since its restoration, this vehicle has been in a climate-controlled environment as part of a GM dealer-owned museum.

Styling elements include circular rear wheel cutouts with a molding that extends from the front to rear, a distinctive hood scoop, Continental kit and chrome wire wheels with wide whitewall tires. Power brakes and steering are part of the luxury appointments, as is the radio. Caribbeans are generally regarded as the most valuable of the post-war Packards.

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