Please take a good look at this very rare hard to find Packard being offered for sale.
While this may not appear cosmetically as anything special, this Packard is VERY special for its low production and rarity; 1953 had been a good year for Packard and the industry. 1954 saw Ford and Chevrolet enter into a sales war that really undermined sales for the independents. Total Packard sales that year were 13,252. Of that amount, 4998 were Clippers (junior series) and 8254 were Cavaliers and series 400 (Patricians, Mayfair hardtops, Caribbeans, Packard convertibles). Of these senior series cars, only 2637 were Cavaliers, making it the rarer than the Patrician, the other 1954 senior series sedan.
This is a solid rust-free example sold in dry Austin, TX where it remained all of its life until purchased and relocated to Brentwood, TN by its current (4th) Owner. All title history has been completed and included with this sale. Except for the surface rust patina, this car is amazingly solid with ALOT of the pricey restoration work completed by current and prior owners. See the photo of the thick binder packed FULL of receipts and paperwork documenting this cars history and restoration work up to this point included with the sale.
EXTERIOR: Exterior is "light green" factory original color that is straight and undamaged but for the minor right rear quarter side-swipe-type-damage by a prior owner. While the car has a "rough" look to it, there is literally NO damage except for the right quarter panel that is sufficiently solid for a quality repair. Only the left rear and 1 vent window glass that are cracked. As they are all flat glass they are easily replaceable. All trim is present including the damaged right quarter trim that is repairable to my understanding. Hood, Doors and Decklid open/close solidly as expected with good panel alignment. Exterior will require strip of its lacquer finish, and repainting but should be beautiful when done!
INTERIOR: Dash is complete and all gauges work as they should. The Front Seat has been recovered with a correct factory seat cover where as the rear still has its aftermarket green vinyl cover to protect the original underneath (that will also require replacement). Headliner is intact and except for being soiled from age, will likely require replacement or need to be re-dyed. Floors & Frame are solid. Carpet will require replacement.
Translucent Rare AC vent tubes are included and in place. These are often cracked, broken, missing etc.
MECHANICALS: Engine & Trans have both been rebuilt and are documented. The Trans was rebuilt in 2011.
Both Start, run and work as they should with no surprises. No unusual sounds, odors or leaks exist saving the new owner a small fortune. Vehicle has very rare Factory AC that has been rebuilt/restored, lacking only in an
electrical problem in the AC switch to be completed.
If you're a Packard fan, this is one rare Packard to rediscover. The Big-Ticket items have already been rebuilt or restored leaving only paint, body & Interior. Be assured most of the expensive repairs have been taken care of by current and past owners making this a prime canditate for restoration.
There is significantly more vested in this car than the asking price.
The following is the list of additional items included with this sale:
Additional Photos/Information/Inspection are certainly available on request.
NO TRADES please as Owner is down-sizing.
A Car Club Friend is assisting with the sale so please direct your calls to: Chris in TN 615.979.3058
This car is listed elsewhere and could be sold at any time. If the ad is still up, it's still available!
Please pass this along to other Packard Owners who may have an interest.
Thank you in advance.