Friday, May 29, 2009
1953 Packard Caribbean Convertible
1 OF 750 BUILT. THE CARIBBEAN 2678 WAS AN OUTGROWTH OF THE 1952 PAN AMERICAN SHOW/CONCEPT CAR AND WAS DESIGNED TO COMPETE AGAINST CADILLAC'S ELDORADO. THIS PARTICULAR CAR HAS ABOUT 75,000 MILES SINCE NEW. IT WAS PURCHASED FROM THE ESTATE OF A LONG TIME PACKARD COLLECTOR WHO ONLY DROVE IT 2,000 MILES IN 28 YEARS. THE PACKARD REGISTRY ESTIMATES THERE ARE ABOUT 88 OF THESE CARS REMAINING. WITH ITS CLEAN LINES, MANY CONSIDER THE 1953 VERSION TO BE THE BEST LOOKING AND MOST COLLECTIBLE OF THE 4 YEARS THE MODELS WERE OFFERED. THEY APPRECIATE IN VALUE DAILY. COMPARE THE SILHOUETTE OF A MODERN ROLLS ROYCE TO THIS 53 YEAR OLD CAR. PRECEDING INFORMATION IS TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE. NO MONEY DOWN OR UP TO 144 MONTHS FINANCE TERMS AVAILABLE.
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This vehicle formerly owned by William Pettit, owner of the Museum of Motoring Memories at Natural Bridge, VA. In addition to being displayed in museum, it was used by him as his touring vehicle. All mechanical aspects of this vehicle were maintained in excellent condition in order to provide him with dependability during tours. After purchasing vehicle in December 2005, it was stripped to metal, disassembled except for frame off which had previously been done. Professionally repainted Carolina Creme with new and re-plated chrome, top, carpet, tires and wire wheels. This vehicle runs and drives perfectly. This Packard is a rare series model, #2631 with only 750 produced. Packard Registry estimates only 40-44 restored Caribbeans still exist. Original rebuilt 327cid/180hp, 8-cylinder Inline engine, twin spot lights and original signal seeking radio all in excellent condition. Documentation of restoration (pictures) included with car along with original owner's manual, radio and accessory manual, shop repair parts manual and many articles also with this classic vehicle.
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