Packard Caribbean Hardtop

For 1955, the new Packard models were so revolutionary that the company started its model designation system over again, referring to the new line as the first series. And new they were: a brand new, high output, overhead valve V-8 engine with twin four-barrel carburetors, producing an amazing 310 horsepower, coupled to a new push-button Twin Ultramatic automatic transmission. An innovative new torsion-bar suspension featured automatic leveling, making the ’55 Packard the smoothest riding and best handling full-size car of the time. The styling was impressive across the board as it was modern, fresh and attractive. The top-of-the-line Caribbean featured striking three-tone paint schemes, two-tone leather interiors and an ornate dashboard and ornamentation layout.

For 1956, few changes were introduced, though a hardtop coupe was available in the Caribbean line for the very first time. Although most updates for ’56 were minor, one of the most attractive new features were the reversible seat cushions – leather on one side and elegant cloth on the other. At $5,495, the coupes were breathtaking in more ways than one.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.

310 hp, 374 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine, twin four-barrel carburetors, Ultramatic automatic transmission, front and rear torsion bar self-leveling suspension and power assisted four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127".

Source: RM Auctions

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