Wonderfully kept Caribbean that has traded hands only twice in the past 42 years! Hailing from Tempe, AZ in 1983, it has been with its last proud owner for the past 33 years! Nicely appointed in classic red over red/white interior, with all original 327ci L-head Straight 8 driveline! One of 750 produced making them…
Wonderfully kept Caribbean that has traded hands only twice in the past 42 years! Hailing from Tempe, AZ in 1983, it has been with its last proud owner for the past 33 years! Nicely appointed in classic red over red/white interior, with all original 327ci L-head Straight 8 driveline! One of 750 produced making them quite rare today!
Designed by Richard Teaque with influence from the 1952 Pan American experimental sports car, the new 1953 Packard Caribbean was a mid-year introduction to the market. Clean, understated lines really make for a beautifully impressive, large convertible with simplicity reminiscent of a Darrin design. With a restyled front end, hood with forward scoop, cut out wheel wells accented with chrome trim, chrome wire wheels, and rear continental kit, it was large at eighteen feet long and 4,500 pounds! It would be sold for $5,500, over one thousand dollars more that the Buick Skylark it competed against, and only 750 lucky owners would have the chance take one home!
We are very pleased to have this opportunity to offer this 1953 Packard Caribbean Convertible finished in Sunset Red over Red/White interior and brand new White convertible top. Power comes from its original 327ci-4 barrel straight 8 cylinder engine producing 180 horsepower and 300 lb. ft. of torque, mated to the Ultramatic automatic transmission. Features on this example include Packard’s revolutionary power steering and Easamatic power brakes, AM radio with power antenna, power folding top, wide whitewall tires, heat/defrost, and fully carpeted trunk.
A wonderfully kept example when located in Tempe, Arizona with 89,000 miles in 1983, it had been in the hands of Sterling Walls since March 1975. He then sold it to Kenneth Carson who brought it back to Toledo, Iowa where it would remain for the next 33 years! Having procured a nice selection of car in his collection over several decades, Mr. Carson managed to add only 4,700 miles to the odometer during his ownership. After his passing, the St. Louis Car Museum had the opportunity to recondition this vehicle with long overdue maintenance. Since late 2016 to present it has received all new fluids in the engine, transmission, & rear end; complete engine tune up that included rebuilt Carter carburetion, new spark plugs, plug wires, & points kit from Max Merritt; all new exhaust system; new battery; fully rebuilt braking system to include 4 fresh wheel cylinders, hoses & hardware, front & rear shoes & linings, and pin kit from Packard Industries along with new Bendix power booster & master cylinder; new updated front idler arm & bracket from Max Merritt, idler bushing & seal, upper inner control arm bushings; new shocks; new radiator cap, fresh air ducts, and more! It also received a brand new convertible top, headliner, and all top frame weather stripping.
It remains remarkable solid with original sheet metal, smooth chassis, and factory floor pans. All visible date-code components show castings from late April and early May of 1953. The engine bears unit #L413335. Measuring this car against is rival counterparts, mainly the 1953 Buick Skylark & 1953 Cadillac Eldorado, it becomes no surprise that these blue chip investments have followed suit in increasing market value! With only 750 well-heeled owners given the opportunity to own them since their factory offering, fewer still are given the chance to have one today! Included with the sale of this Caribbean will be ownership records dating back to 1983, Arizona title copy from 1975, Packard Club judging sheet from 1987, service manual, and select publications & related articles. Please feel free to call with questions or schedule a chance to review in person.
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