28 May 2013

Video: Packard Caribbean Buyers Guide

The Caribbean was a last hurrah for the once-illustrious Packard marque. Today they are still regarded for their styling and rarity, with fewer than 2,200 built over four years. Hagerty valuation specialist Dave Kinney spent some time with one at Amelia Island last March.


Year Wheelbase Engine Type Displacement Horsepower Torque Transmission
1953 122 in. L-head, inline 8 327 cid 180 @ 4,000 300 @ 2,000 Manual 3-speed
1954 122 in. L-head, inline 8 359 cid 212 @ 4,000 330 @ 2,200 Ultramatic 2-speed
1955 127 in. ohv V-8 352 cid 275 @ 4,800 355 @ 2,400 Twin Ultramatic 2-speed
1956 127 in. ohv V-8 374 cid 310 @ 4,600 405 @ 2,800 Twin Ultramatic 2-speed


Price Number Built
$5,210 750
$6,100 400
$5,932 500
$5,495 cpe 263
$5,995 cvt 276
Total production 2,189

2 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Robert Fiedler Dunnellon Fl. 34433 August 4, 2013 at 20:24
    Its about time that people in the automotive world recognized this car as one of the oustanding cars of the century. GM Ford and Chrysler couldnt hold a torch to this company, but being a small independent, their resources were extremely limited, but the quality of their product was so superior, its hard to imagine that they did not survive. In some small way they actually did survive though, for all the movies, and videos we see today of a failing and unhealthy Detroit the one picture which is constantly put before our eyes, is the old plant, of the PACKARD MOTOR CAR Co. which 60 years later is still standing, as are many of their wonderful but rare automobiles,of which I am the proud owner a 1955 Packard Panama Clipper. Just ask the man who owns one!
  • 2
    gl erinlic@gmail.com September 11, 2013 at 15:42
    This is your grandfather's car.

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