1953 Packard Caribbean Convertible

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The true bright spot for Packard enthusiasts in 1953 was the debut of the Caribbean two-door convertible – a factory custom that showed how much influence car modifiers in California were having on the Detroit automakers. Based on the mid-level Cavalier, the Caribbean featured a rounded rear wheel opening (in sharp contrast to the hidden-rear-tire trend of the times), chrome-plated wire wheels, a wide hood scoop, leather interior, horizontal taillights, fishtail rear fender treatment, chrome lids over all four wheel openings, continental tire kit and the Cavalier’s 180 hp, 327 ci straight-eight engine with four-barrel carburetion. Its convertible top was actuated by hydraulics.

The Caribbean brought to production several styling elements first seen at the New York Auto Show in March 1952 on the Packard Pan American – a one-off two-seater dreamed up by Packard president Hugh Ferry and Henney Body Co.’s Richard Arbib.

Part of the RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia, in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan and in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona. Also part of the event for Charlie Thomas in October, 2012.

180 hp, 327 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, 8.0:1 compression, column shift automatic transmission, Carter four-barrel carburetor, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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