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Caribbean Convertible

Caribbean Convertible (United States of America, 1952)

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© photo courtesy of: Mike Kippen / RM Auctions
Packard Caribbean Convertible
basic info
spec rating
United States of America US
United Kingdom GB
United Kingdom United Kingdom
United States of America US
United States of America United States of America
Engine
Straight 8
Type
Convertible (cabrio)
Displacement
327 cu in
Doors
2
Maximum torque
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Seats
5
Wheel Drive
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Luggage Space
--
Transmission
--
Fuel
Petrol
Power-to-weight
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Kerb weight
--
safety rating:
NCAP
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fuel efficiency
--
CO2 emissions
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Displacement
327 cu in
max power
180 hp
acceleration 0-100 km/h
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top speed
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price
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loan
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ownership cost:
annual
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insurance
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Fuel
--
service
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tyres
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about this car

With a limited production run of only 750, the exclusive Caribbean was Packard’s “halo vehicle.” It was introduced in November 1952 with the rest of the 1953 line, and its styling was derived directly from the stunning Packard Pan American show car of 1952. Mitchell-Bentley Corporation modified standard Packard convertible bodies to achieve the sleek, elegant European appearance of the Caribbean. The car was devoid of regular side trim and had special full-wheel cutouts and rocker panels edged in chrome. It also had a Continental kit nestled nicely between lengthened rear fenders. A 327-cubic inch, 180-horsepower version of Packard’s legendary straight eight provided motivation.

The Gulf Green car offered here was the 61st Caribbean built, and it was originally delivered to prominent Seattle building supply magnate, philanthropist, and socialite James Hodges. Mr. Hodges drove the Packard for two years, before selling it to a family friend,...


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Packard Caribbean Convertible
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20.02.14
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