1954 Packard ConvertibleSOLD

1954 Packard Convertible

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To be offered at auction without reserve at RM Sotheby's Motor City event, July 25, 2015. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/.

Chassis No.
5479-2420

Estimate:
$ 50,000 - $ 60,000

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

Series 5431. Body Style 5479. 212 bhp, 359 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-floating rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122 in.


Spectacular model from the last year of this styling
One of only 863 built; very rare today
Longtime participant in Packard Club activities

Packard's 1954 model year was the last for the John Reinhart-designed high pockets styling first introduced in 1951. It featured a larger and improved grille with a more imposing appearance, and each of the company's Senior models was given its own unique name and powered by the nine-main-bearing L-head eight-cylinder engine, a silky-smooth mill previously used in limousines. Among these offerings was the Packard Convertible, which featured distinctive chrome side trim and logos. It sold only about 863 copies; very few of those are known to survive today.

The current owner of this convertible notes that he believes the car originally came from a southern state or California, as it is absolutely rust free. It was eventually restored in its present hue of Chariot Red and for many years was the property of a husband and wife from Brampton, Ontario, who were active Packard Club members. The owner had pursued the car for some years and, following the wife's passing, was able to acquire it for his collection.

During his tenure, the car was fitted with a fresh new black-and-red leather interior, contrasting to the red finish and black top. It has continued to be a handsome and reliable car for cruising, with power steering and brakes making it easy to drive around town. An AM radio and heater provide ample entertainment and comfort.

Even more seldom seen today than its upmarket Caribbean sibling, this is a handsome Packard for any collection, suitable for touring and club events.

Reference Number 363550

as of 7/30/2015

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Car 1954 Packard Convertible
VIN 5479-2420 
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