1953 Packard Caribbean Convertible
1953 Packard Caribbean Convertible
The Packard Caribbean was a personal luxury car produced by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, during model years 1953 through 1956. Some of the Caribbean's styling was derived from the Pan American Packard show car of the previous year.
For consignment and based on the Packard Cavalier convertible. A continental kit, extra chrome and stainless, a wonderful leather interior, and a high-output 180 horsepower version of their 327 cubic inch straight-8. These automobiles were hand-built by the Mitchell-Bentley Corp. in Ionia, Michigan and they only made 750 unit's total. So, we have a somewhat rare bird that was more expensive in the day then a Caddy!
Leading the way is a large chrome waterfall grille with wide lines and a large bumper below, all nicely preserved and possessing a great sparkle. This is in contrast to the maroon exterior paint, which is definitely the deep end of the pool. Straight steel and well minded gaps abound and plenty of extra trimming for the wheel wells and rockers adds a touch of class. A pristine white convertible top is showing well and has a clear plastic rear window. A continental rear spare tire kit is floating above another large chromed double rear bumper and flanked by round taillights which are inserted in tubular formed steel on each rear quarter. A chromed “fin” tops the rear fenders and adds just a bit more richness to an already tasty car. On all 4 corners are beautifully preserved wire wheels and Packard badged center hubs, all wrapped in wide whites. Class amongst the competition who were deeply imbedded in the beginnings of the “fin era”.
The two tone maroon and white leather interior is all stitched and presenting very nicely. On the doors we see some power window toggles and nicely preserved handles in a mostly maroon smooth panel. Upfront the dash is definitely Packard with a trio of round gauges and plenty of shiny chromed accessories within a maroon dash front field. More big chrome for the radio surrounds and temp sliders. An ivory bakelite steering wheel shows nicely with no cracking and the horn ring looks original. Aftermarket A/C hangs from the bottom of the dash in the center and an extra Burgess Oil pressure gauge has been neatly inserted into the dash. Deep pile maroon carpeting floods the floors and is in good condition. Also, a shout to the underside of the convertible which is in black and has a shiny frame to support it.
Smooth and surprisingly powerful 327 cubic inch straight-8 was used in 1953 and is a great runner. A 4 bbl Carter carburetor is feeding this straight 8. Packard's “UltraMatic” 2-speed automatic transmission is on back. Gray engine enamel and plenty of shiny black painted add ons abound in this freshly restored Caribbean, looking just showroom in its appearance on our stage. Noted the rear axle is a designated 3.54 designation.
Underneath this big automobile as it looms above on our lift, we see the chassis is coated in a layer of black undercoating. Some patina but obviously well cared for and rarely driven in bad weather. Independent coil springs for the front, and leaf springs for the rear provide the ride, and drum brakes on all 4's stop this car on a dime.
Slipping inside this classy car, we fired it right up and it can best be described as not enough o's in smoooooooth as for the driving experience. Acceleration is snappy for this big piece of iron and the brakes worked well.
A great looker, and definitely a big touch of class that was to give Caddy a run for their money. Nicely restored, and a beautiful performer right out of the Packard play book. Have a look for yourself and you too will be impressed.
PAINT CODE KO-Galahad Green, Orchard Green
TRIM 82-Dark & Light Green Nylon
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