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180hp, 327 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension and semi-floating rear axle, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 122″
After surviving the Depression and Second World War by producing more affordable “ Junior ” models, the Packard Motor Car Company, despite its strong reputation and financial strength, required a vehicle with which it could reassert its dominance and revitalize its image in the American luxury car segment.
Success came in the form of the 1953 Caribbean, a stunning convertible inspired by the Pan-American show car. With a limited production run of only 750 examples, as well as highly desirable design and luxurious appointments, the Caribbean Convertible was intended to showcase the ultimate in Packard automobile production. Its characteristic low hood scoop, full cutout rear wheel housing, and classic Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels ensured its timeless desirability.
This particular 1953 Caribbean Convertible has been in its present ownership for over 20 years, where it was treated to thoughtful care and regular maintenance. Three years ago the Caribbean completed a thorough restoration that left no area of the car untouched. Following the restoration, the Packard was campaigned at several shows in the greater Atlanta area where it won the illustrious Best in Show on several occasions.
With respect to its exterior, the burgundy paint is in immaculate condition. The use of chrome on the Caribbean, albeit limited when compared with other Packards, is tastefully executed and has been re-plated or replaced as needed. The elegance of this Packard is also evident in the interior, which is bathed in burgundy and ivory leather.
The engine, which is original to the Packard like all other mechanical systems on the car, was completely overhauled and is in excellent functional condition. With a full set of power accessories including power steering, power brakes, power windows and a power top, it also possesses an automatic transmission. Clearly, this Caribbean Convertible offers the ultimate in ease of use.
In its present condition, this Packard Caribbean Convertible remains equally as sought-after today as it was in 1953. The very same company that outfitted heads of states ’ cars with the first production twelve-cylinder engines had demonstrated its ability to evolve and continually impress by producing a convertible that embodied both the spirit of 1950s Americana as well as Packard ’ s heritage of automotive excellence.