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1956 Packard Caribbean Convertible

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$70,000

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1956 Packard Caribbean Convertible

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1956 Packard Caribbean Convertible

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1956 Packard Caribbean Convertible

Highest Bid: $70,000 (USD) by: Chromefins

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Chassis/VIN:

56991130

Location:

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Odometer:

50,597 (Mi)

Lot Number:

12866953

Engine:

374ci V8

Seller:

Dealer

Transmission:

Automatic

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Highest Bid: $70,000 (USD) by: Chromefins

Auction Type:  Reserve

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Chassis/VIN:

56991130

Location:

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Odometer:

50,597 (Mi)

Lot Number:

12866953

Engine:

374ci V8

Seller:

Dealer

Transmission:

Automatic

Carfax:

TITLE/VIN CHECK  

Confirmed

 

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Vehicle Story

This 1956 Packard Caribbean convertible is one of 276 produced for the model year and features a model-specific tri-tone paint scheme in Dover White, Danube Blue, and Roman Copper. Under the hood, a 374ci twin-carbureted V8 has been paired with a push-button automatic transmission which is described as mechanically sound by the seller who has owned the vehicle for six years. Finished with BFGoodrich wide whitewall tires, power antennas, and a reversible cloth and vinyl interior in tri-tone hues, this final-year Caribbean is now offered with a convertible top boot, a service manual, an owner’s manual, and a clean Wisconsin title in the seller’s name.

The Caribbean had a four-year model run, beginning in 1953, as a personal luxury car in two-door hardtop and convertible form. Aesthetic changes were applied in the years that followed, and in 1955 the singlehood scoop was split into two units. The final year of the model brought revised grille textures, headlight brows, and rear treatment. This Caribbean convertible from the final year was restored around 2010 and received a fresh coat of paint in a tri-tone scheme of Dover White, Danube Blue, and Roman Copper along with a replacement white retractable soft top. Brightwork is noted to be in good condition for the bumpers, grille, moldings, side view mirrors, and dual exhaust outlets incorporated into the corners of the rear bumper.

Chrome-finished 15” wire wheels with Packard-branded center caps are wrapped in BFGoodrich wide whitewall tires. The suspension is self-leveling, and handling is further assisted by power steering and power four-wheel drum brakes.

The interior bears a tri-tone color scheme that mirrors the paintwork, fitted with a four-way power-operated bench seat that is topped by a reversible cushion. Upholstery is finished in cloth on one side and leather on the other, and brown carpeting brings a darker tone to the footwells. Amenities include vent windows, a push-button radio, dual power antennas, and power windows. The trunk is carpeted and contains a spare tire in a recessed area of the floor.

Instrumentation is set within a textured bezel and includes a 120-mph speedometer, an analog clock, and accompanying gauges for fuel level, voltage, oil pressure, and coolant temperature. The five-digit mechanical odometer reads 50k miles, although true mileage on the chassis is unknown.

The dual-carbureted 374ci V8 was rated at 310 horsepower and received a replacement fuel tank in 2015 as well as an oil change in 2021. Power is fed to the rear wheels via a push-button Ultramatic automatic transmission and a 3.31-ratio rear end.

Photos showing the underside are available in the carousel.

The sale includes a snap-on white vinyl convertible top boot, a factory service manual, and an owner’s manual.

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Comments & Questions

September 28, 2021
10:09 AM
Seller

The Torsion-Level self-leveling suspension operates as it was designed to work on my Packard Caribbean.jlkjlkljk

September 28, 2021
10:02 AM

What is the status on the torsion ride. Working /removed or inoperable ?

September 27, 2021
03:12 PM
Seller

@KoolKat63 – Pictures show upholstery in two different color schemes. I assume one is seat covers ? Gorgeous car !! ...

The 1956 year was a one year only model with certain options, that were not offered previously. What you’re seeing is a reversible seating option, with leather on one side and cloth, with a leather insert, on the other. The car being offered here has all the options available that year, which was the last year for the Packard motor company.

September 27, 2021
03:03 PM

Pictures show upholstery in two different color schemes. I assume one is seat covers ? Gorgeous car !!

September 27, 2021
09:50 AM
Seller

I’ve owned quite a few Packard’s, mostly prewar, over the years. I found there’s a network of Packard enthusiasts who have helped me with finding parts and other information.

September 27, 2021
09:12 AM

Luv these old Packards and this appears to be absolutely gorgeous in all ways. congratulations to you for maintaining a very special piece of history . One question, where in the world does your mechanic find repair parts?

September 27, 2021
09:01 AM
Seller

@VintageCollector – @supersport whats the condition of the top and frame? Any issues with the operation? ...

This is a older restoration, that’s remained in remarkable condition. The top and frame are in great condition. I have a full time mechanic on staff, the car has been maintained routinely and preforms as it should.

September 27, 2021
08:28 AM
Bidder

@supersport whats the condition of the top and frame? Any issues with the operation?

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