1956 Packard Caribbean Convertible1 of 15 Made, 40+ Years in Fred Kanter's Museum, Gorgeous!
This 1956 Packard Caribbean Convertible is an older restoration that would be excellent for touring and regional shows. This is one of only 276 Caribbean Convertibles made in Packard’s last true year, and one of only 15 in this rare Corsican Black color code. This particular Caribbean was part of Fred Kanter’s Packard collection for over 40 years. These are absolutely gorgeous cars and look even more stunning in black livery.
Originally designed by Dick Teague exhibiting many cutting-edge designs, the Packard Caribbeans were nearly $6,000 when new and delivered 310 hp. This convertible was delivered new to Trio Motors in Mount Kisko, NY and was ordered in the rare “Paint Code VMV” combination. At least 40 years ago Fred Kanter acquired this Caribbean to add to his 40-car collection at Kanter Auto Parts. It has now accumulated 71,500 miles and runs and drives well.
The livery is striking in its Corsican Black with a Tan center and tan vinyl power convertible top. The paint is very nice with beautiful shine and luster. The paint has some minor paint touch ups in the normal higher use areas. The chrome and stainless-steel trim are all in very good condition with many of the pieces beautifully re-chromed. There are some small dings in the stainless belt moldings.
We have long known of the existence of the rare black Caribbeans but have never actually seen one in person. They are striking! Further, this example has the correct Packard wheel covers rather than the chrome wire wheels that we normally see. And the styling of the 1956 is absolutely striking. The more we study its design, the more impressed we are with Mr. Teague’s design concepts.
The interior is also stunning in a rich tan leather complimented with black woven fabric. Unique to 1956 Caribbeans, the interior seat cushions are reversable to be either all leather or fabric and leather. In just minutes, the entire interior look and feel can be transformed! The interior is overall in very nice condition and the leather is soft and supple but showing some patina from time. The black carpeting is correct and looks nice. The dashboard finishes are original and in very good condition overall.
The engine compartment is well detailed for show and the venerable 374 CID V8 has its correct dual four-barrel carburetors producing an impressive 310 hp. The Ultramatic transmission has been serviced and works well from the push button controller. The self-leveling torsion bar suspension also functions well and adds to the incredible ride quality. The chassis is largely cleaned and painted and shows very well. The trunk is also well finished, and it includes the top boot cover, a case for the top boot and the spare wheel. This Packard Caribbean comes complete with its service and owner’s manual.
For more details and information please call, text or email Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Packard is available in our Phoenix showroom.