Packard Caribbean Convertible
The Packard Caribbean was the halo vehicle for the marque and certainly its swan song. A year after Chrysler introduced the 300 horsepower C-300, Packard upped the horsepower on its flagship from 275 to 310.
Styling was modern and very attractive, with the top-line Caribbean offering a distinctive tri-tone paint scheme, two-tone leather upholstery and much more. Although most 1956 updates were minor, one of the most attractive new features was a set of reversible seat cushions, leather on one side, elegant cloth on the other. Only 263 Caribbean hardtops and 276 Convertibles were built.
Part of the RM Auctions event at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in January, 2010; at the Inn at St. John's in July, 2011; at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in January, 2012 and for Charlie Thomas in October, 2012.
374 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 twin four-ba withrrel carburetors, Ultramatic push-button 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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