Packard Clipper Country
By 1957, Packard was down to one series, the Studebaker President-based Clipper. Featuring a 116.5-inch wheelbase, the Clipper included many standard comfort and convenience features and just two body styles – the four-door Town Sedan and four-door Country Sedan station wagon. The only engine choice was a McCulloch-supercharged 289-cubic inch Studebaker V-8, with the blower specifically designed to provide boost pressure above 3,000 rpm. This innovative engine provided 275 bhp and capably powered the 3,650-pound Country Sedan. Despite their desirability, just 4,809 Clippers were produced for 1957, including 869 Country Sedans.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
275 bhp, 289 cu. in. V-8 engine with two-barrel carburetor and McCulloch centrifugal supercharger, Flight-O-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116.5"
Source: RM Auctions
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