1956 Packard Caribbean convertible super rare super restored original colors


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Midwest USA, United States

Features and Specifications

Make: Packard
Model: Caribbean
Type: Convertible
Year: 1956
Mileage: 64,864
Color: Dover White, Scottish Heather, Matese Grey
Engine: 374 c.i. 310 hp
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic (Push button controls)
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Dover White, Scottish Heather, Matese Grey
Vehicle Title: Clear

1956 Packard Caribbean

1956 Packard Caribbean Convertible

By the mid 1950’s all of the Detroit manufacturers were putting out on their top end a high-speed sports touring models. Cadillac had the Eldorado and Chrysler had the 300 and Ford had the two-place Thunderbird, but the best of all was the 1956 Packard Caribbean. It was Packard’s last grand stand to try and capture enough of the market place to stay in business and they put all their bets and dollars on the 1956 Packard Caribbean convertible. It was a big car at just under 5,000 pounds but it was being pushed by 374 c.i. V8 engine with a true 310 hp.! Back then the price tag wasn’t chump change it was $5,995.00 and to justify that kind of expense in 1956, Packard even threw on their V8 engine with the two four-barrel carburetors and a push button automatic transmission. The convertible interior feature for the interiors was that the back rest and the seat cushions were reversible. One side of the seat cushions had leather on one side had cloth. The cloth material would be considered more comfortable for hot days. With all this power, Packard even put in a twin traction differential with limited slip.

When you want to talk about rare, take a hard look at the total number of 1956 Packard Caribbean’s that were produced. The number that is generally given out on the Internet is 276. One of the smallest production runs imaginable. The Packard Caribbean’s rode on Packard’s unique torsion ride suspension which would adjust the cars height with an electric motor.

The car has power steering, power brakes, power windows and power seats. Don’t forget to make special notice of some of Packards most unusual features ever. This includes the pushbutton transmission selector on the right side of the steering column. It is not on the dashboard but is very conveniently located as you can see in the picture. Another fantastic feature of the Packard Caribbean convertible are the reversible cushions. You could take the cushions on the front and back out to reverse them to have a different selection of material and color combination. We believe that this is the only American post-war car that ever featured this option. This car is also equipped with the Packard wire wheel hubcaps and has a beautifully fitted convertible top. This car has also won first prizes at car shows.

The Caribbeans were delivered in a tri-color combination which really set off the lines of the car. The 1956 Packard Caribbean convertible in this eBay listing as you can see is Dover White, Maltese Gray and Scottish Heather, a fantastic color combination and are -the original colors. This car was fully restored about five years ago. Has the original 310 hp V-8 engine with two four barrels from the factory along with its push button automatic transmission. It is an original and complete car and again has won a first prizes. The top is new and was hand made in what is considered to be the Packard correct material with color matching headliner. The Seek and Scan is fully working as well as all the gauges. However the clock is not currently working.

The car is equipped with new brakes, new master cylinder, new radiator and the list goes on.

Restoration Notes:

Twenty year ownership.

The body was taken off the frame to facilitate a complete body stripping and refinishing. The car was repainted in original colors of Dover White, Scottish Heather and Maltese Grey. All bumpers, grill parts and related chrome parts were re-chromed at time of restoration. All five original wire wheels were sent to Dayton Wheel for re-chroming and new stainless steel spokes. New wide white wall tires were installed also at time of restoration.

The convertible top was replaced with a new custom fabricated top utilizing the factory correct leather looking material. A correct headliner of the matching Scottish Heather color was incorporated to the underside of the convertible top. It is extremely rare to find the correct top with correct headline in these automobiles.

The interior was brought back up to its original quality with the dash grill work re-plated and all engine gauges replaced with new surplus stock of the correct part numbers. The carpet was replaced with correct color and pile type for 1956.

The 374 ci, 310 hp engine was overhauled with all new internal parts including the crankshaft. The two four barrel thermo-quad carbs were rebuilt and tuned. The Packard Twin-Ultramatic two speed transmission was overhauled.

Recently, the Packard was driven the 240 mile round trip withease and trouble free.


An extremely rare opportunity to have possibly one of the best Caribbean’s offered in recent times. Thank you for your consideration and we agree that a fully informed bidder is the best bidder! Real bidders feel free to inquire 847-774-4857. We are happy to calculate shipping distance if you provide your zip code.You can bid to win and be very happy that you did!

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