1955 Packard Caribbean ConvertibleSo. Calif Car, Three Owners from New, Beautifully Restored
This is a Southern California three-owner 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible that is beautifully restored and is ready for show or touring. We love the classical 1950’s color scheme, our favorite tri-tone combination on the Richard Teague designed 1955 Caribbean! The Caribbean was the top-of-the-line Packard for 1955 with only 500 produced.
This Packard is said to have been bought new by Edgar S Osborne of Northridge, CA. We have in the photo gallery a California registration document from 1966 as well as the bill of sale for when Mr. Osborne sold it to its next owner, Richard J Ducharme of Dayton, WA on May 23, 1989. Mr. Ducharme painted the Caribbean and performed certain other improvements before selling it to Hilary Barr on October 21, 2014. Since her acquisition, Ms. Barr installed a gorgeous new and correct interior, convertible top and many mechanical improvements performed by Murray Motor Car in Monroe, WA.
The livery is stunning in its original paint combination of White Jade, Rose Quartz and Gray Pearl (Paint Codes MUH). The paint is beautifully polished and nearly perfect, with only a few small areas of touched up chips or other issues. The chrome and stainless are all new and highly polished with only a couple of exceptions (door handles and rear trunk trim). There is one small ding in the driver’s side stainless trim. The correct optional chrome wire wheels look fantastic and are complimented with wide white walled radials. The white vinyl convertible top is new as well.
The interior is all new after an investment of approximately $20,000. The White, Fuchsia and Dark Gray leather (Trim Code 97) is all new and gorgeous. The black loop carpeting is also new and in perfect condition. The dashboard shows that this is a Southern California car that has been well loved. Absent is the pitting of the beautiful chrome throughout the interior. Rarely do we see convertibles with such a relatively pristine original dashboard and trim. The odometer shows 96,238 miles, which we believe to be original and correct based on the condition of the car.
The engine compartment is beautifully detailed with its correct 352 CID V8 producing 275 hp through the Twin Ultramatic automatic transmission. The 275 hp was partially due to the “dual-quad” Rochester carburetors, which was unique to the Caribbean and function well on this example. The dual exhausts are correctly ported through the rear bumper and produce a wonderful throaty sound. Underneath the new “modern” body was Packard’s unique torsion bar suspension which was a standard feature and it one of the best riding cars of day. This Packard feels nice and tight and is mechanically well sorted. In addition, the convertible top, power seat, power steering, power brakes and power windows work well (the driver’s side rear window channel is tight to put down when the top is up).
For more information and details, please call, text or email us at +1.602.245.7200 or email@example.com. The Caribbean is available for viewing at our Phoenix showroom.
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
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