The 1956 Caribbean Convertible was the last of the full size Packards
produced. This car sold new in 1956 for $5,995.00.
This car today is still in its original Dover White, Scottish Heather
and Maltese Gray, this is not a restored car but an original.
The Caribbean was powered by by Packards own massive 374-cubic-inch V8
with an impressive 310 horsepower ratingthanks, in part, to twin
four-barrel Rochester carburetors.
The 374 cubic-inch engine was the highest in the industry. The engine
featured two - 4 barrel carburetors with 10:1 compression ratio and a
push button automatic transmission.
Standard luxury equipment included Ultramatic automatic transmission
with push-button controls on a column stalk , gold-tone Caribbean
scripts surrounding the car, power windows, power seat, a Wonderbar
radio and Power antennas. Impressive reversible seat cushions (boucle
cloth on one side and leather on the other) were also featured.
New for 1956 was the twin traction differential with limited slip
designed for the fellow who must drive in all kinds of weather.
Packard also featured other safety items for 1956 such as:
- Side marker lights,
- Wrap around parking and taillights,
- Automatic torsion leveling system for optimum nighttime viability....
This is #268 of 276 of 276 Packard Caribbean Convertibles produced by
Packard in 1956. It has its original 374 cubic-inch V-8 engine with its
original components, see photos of the bearings that are unscathed and
in perfect condition after traveling only 50,000 miles since new. All
components are in perfect tolerance. please see photos of
the bearing date stamps.
This car has all of the unique features:
- Fully reversible seat cushions, cloth on one side for winter and
leather on the other side for summer,
- Ultra-Matic push button automatic transmission ,
- Unique torsion ride suspension which adjusts the cars ride height via
an electric motor.
Caribbean has caused double takes when they first appeared in 1956, and
they continue to amaze today. One of only 276 built, this car has never
been shown as it has been in the position of the original owners since
new and she had no interest in show her car.
Today it still has its original engine bearings as the photos show and
has traveled on 50,000 miles since new. The original top and seat cover
were in outstanding condition however the threads were beginning to
brake as you sat on them, the originals are still with the car and will
convey with the transfer. The top has been meticulously duplicated to
the original specifications as well, due to the same circumstances.
please note the underside of the top matches the interior of the car and
was only available on the Packard Caribbean.
The engine and many other components of car were disassembled in order to verify