Formerly part of the private collection of New York Times Best Selling author Clive Cussler
Featured in Cussler’s 2016 book “Built to Thrill”
Rare and desirable 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
The most expensive Packard model for 1955
One of only 500 built!
Numbers matching 352ci “dual quad” V8 engine
Stunning factory correct color combination
Power Convertible Top
AM Radio With Dual Antennas
Documentation includes owner’s manual, a signed letter from Clive Cussler, a copy of Cussler’s book “Built to Thrill” featuring the car and more!
A collector’s dream
The magnificent 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible featured here is finished in the stunning factory tri-color combination of Jade White, Jade and Emerald Metallic with a green and white interior and white power folding convertible top. This particular example is one of only 500 built and has spent nearly half its life in private collector ownership. In the late 1980’s, this Caribbean was under the ownership respected collector Gene Epstein in Pennsylvania. In 1990 it was acquired by New York Times Best Selling Author and car collector Clive Cussler. A notable action adventure author, several of Mr. Cussler’s books have been adapted to the silver screen. Additionally, Mr. Cussler has published a couple of books about his collection. This stunning Packard appeared in his 2016 book “Built to Thrill”, a copy of which accompanies this Packard. Today this Caribbean presents incredibly well, having previously been meticulously restored. The numbers matching 352ci V8 engine is still in place and 71,803 miles are present on the odometer. The owner’s manual as well as a signed letter by Clive Cussler also are also included. We are proud to offer this stunning 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible to the most astute collector or investor who understands and appreciates the rarity of this great American marque. Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013, 16% in 2014 and 17% in 2015 while posting gains of 467% over the last 10 years. Ready to make an investment you can actually enjoy? Please contact one of our expert sales consultants at the details below or using the button below for more information. They will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description, and answer any questions you may have. Buy with confidence.
History of the 1955 Packard Caribbean
In 1955 Packard took its flagship model, the Caribbean, to new heights. A completely new design by Richard Teague succeeded in making the car look modern. Packard’s first series of V8 engines were now standard on all models, with the most powerful being the 352ci V8 equipped with “dual-quad” Rochester carburetors. This combination produced 275 horsepower and was only offered in the Caribbean. Underneath the new “modern” body was Packard’s unique torsion bar suspension which was a standard feature and made the model one of the best riding cars of 1955. Costing $5,932 when new, the equivalent of roughly $57,000 today, the Caribbean Convertible (style number 5588) was Packard’s most expensive offering for 1955. The combination of style, performance, ride quality and low production numbers (only 500 examples were produced for 1955) makes examples highly sought after by collectors today.
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