Lot #437 - For 1955, Packard introduced an all new overhead valve V8 to replace their antiquated straight 8 to compete directly with Cadillac. In top spec as found in their most expensive model, the Caribbean, the 352cid version featured Rochester dual 4 barrel carburetors and was rated at an impressive 275hp with 355 ft/lbs of torque, which topped Cadillac's heavier Eldorado by 5hp and 10 ft/lbs. The Caribbean also featured Packard's highly advanced torsion level suspension, which soaks up any road surface, no matter how imperfect, in a relaxed, effortless manner. It wowed the editors at Motor Trend Magazine, who proclaimed that the Packard can "float you through severest of bumps with the greatest of ease." Priced at nearly $6,000, just 500 Caribbeans were built for 1955. The example seen here is a superb older restoration that is meticulously presented, finished in it's factory original tri color paint scheme of Jade White/Fire Opal Red/Onyx with factory correct white and red two tone leather interior. As the flagship model for the marque, the Caribbean was equipped standard with power steering, Easamatic power brakes, power window lifts, power front seat, power operated soft top, signal seeking radio and leather upholstery. This car further features the optional chrome wire wheels with wide white wall tires and accessory dual spotlights.
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