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1955 Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible / 55881163 Vehicle Information

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

1955 Packard Caribbean photograph

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Sold for $51,700 at 2009 Automobiles of Arizona.
Of the 'Three Ps', consisting of Packard, Peerless and Pierce-Arrow, only Packard emerged from the Great Depression. Part of their survival was due to the strength of a line of medium-priced cars introduced in 1935. The new 'Clipper' styling in 1941 helped elevate sales, such that the more traditional 'Senior' series was dropped after World War II.

By the close of the 1940s, there was very little to distinguish the top-of-the-line Custom Eight models from the standard Packard Eights. This would change in the years that followed with the help of James Nance, the new president who arrived from appliance manufacturer Hotpoint in 1952. His strategy was to make distinguishable features between the entry-level Packards, and the top-level cars. Part of his plan was a separate marque name which was never fully implemented.

The top-line Patrician series had longer wheelbase, more elegant trim and a line of Executive sedans by Henney Motor Company, the professional car builders. The Clippers, on the other hand, had simple trim, smaller engines and fewer amenities. The upper-mid-level series called simply 'Packard' was a new Caribbean convertible.

The Caribbean was modified by Mitchell-Bentley Corporation, and had full leather interior, chrome wire wheels, enlarged wheel openings, custom paint in one of four hues, and hood scoops.

For 1955, great changes were made to the Packard line. The bodies were given distinctively different appearances, and Packard introduced their first V8 engine, available in two sizes. The Caribbean continued as part of the Series 5580 Packard line. With the exception of air conditioning, the Caribbean was fully optioned. Power was from the larger 352 cubic-inch V8 with dual Rochester four-barrel carburetors, and the new electrically-operated Torsion Level suspension was standard.

This particular Packard Caribbean Convertible was purchased in 1985 from David Cummings of Blairsville, Pennsylvania. It was given a full bare-metal repaint in 1986 consisting of red, white and black. The odometer shows just 50,666 miles since new.

In 2009, this Commodore Six Convertible was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Arizona auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was expected to sell for $60,000 - $80,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close the lot had been sold for the sum of $51,700 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009



2009 Automobiles of Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $60,000-USD $80,000 
Sale Price :
USD $51,700

1955 Packard Caribbean Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Chassis#: 55881178
Sold for USD$44,800
  2021 Worldwide Auctioneers : The 14th Annual Auburn Auction
 
1955 Packard Caribbean
Chassis#: 5588-1269
Sold for USD$78,100
  2020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online
1955 Packard Caribbean image  1955 Packard Caribbean image  
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Chassis#: 5588-1033
Sold for USD$56,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1955 Packard Caribbean image  1955 Packard Caribbean image  
1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 5588-1254
Sold for USD$39,600
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Chassis#: 55881169
Sold for USD$82,500
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction
 
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Sold for USD$47,300
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Chassis#: 5588-1254
Sold for USD$29,120
  2019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Chassis#: 5588-1403
Sold for USD$28,000
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Sold for USD$60,500
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Sold for USD$57,200
  2018 Mecum : Dallas
 
1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 55881401
Sold for USD$60,500
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 55881244
Sold for USD$56,100
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Sold for USD$66,000
  2018 Mecum : Kansas City
 
1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN
Chassis#: 55881401
Sold for USD$35,000
  2018 GpK Auctions - Atlantic City
 
1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 55881244
Sold for USD$57,200
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Sold for USD$46,000
  2017 Mecum : Chicago
 
1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE
Sold for USD$69,300
  2017 Dragone Lime Rock Park
 
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Chassis#: 55881185
Sold for USD$58,500
  2016 Mecum : Anaheim
 
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Chassis#: 5588-1269
Sold for USD$77,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
1955 Packard Caribbean image  1955 Packard Caribbean image  
1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 55881356
Sold for USD$132,000
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1955 Packard Caribbean's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible558812292019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Riyadh Auction   
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible 2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az   
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible 2016 Auctions America : Auburn Spring$40,000  
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible5588-13412014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions$46,750$60,000$80,000
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible 2014 Auctions America Auburn Spring$66,000  
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible 2014 Auctions America Ft Lauderdale$52,500  
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible 2013 Auctions America Auburn Spring$25,000  
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible Canceled Lot 2013 Mecum Houston, Tx   
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible 2012 Auctions America Auburn Spring$18,000  
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible 2012 Auctions America Ft Lauderdale, Fl$80,000$100,000$125,000
1955 Packard Carribean Convertible 2012 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee Florida$72,000  
1955 Packard Carribean Convertible 2010 Auctions America : Auburn Collector Car Auction$67,500  
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible 2010 Branson Auctions Spring 2010$55,620  
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible 2009 Classic Car Auction of Michigan$55,000  
1955 PACKARD CARRIBEAN CONVERTIBLE 2002 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$37,000  
1955 PACKARD CARRIBEAN CONVERTIBLE 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$38,000  
1955 PACKARD CARRIBEAN CONVERTIBLE 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$41,000  

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1955 Packard Caribbean vehicle thumbnail image  1955 Packard Caribbean vehicle thumbnail image  
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Packard Caribbean Vehicle Profiles
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Model Year: 1953
Profile

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Model Year: 1953
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Model Year: 1953
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Model Year: 1953
Profile

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Chassis Num: 2678
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Chassis Num: 2678-2061
Engine Num: L405945
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Chassis Num: 26782406
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Chassis Num: 26782494
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Chassis Num: 26782691
Model Year: 1953

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Chassis Num: L411551
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Coachbuilder: Mitchell-Bentley
Chassis Num: L415743
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1954
Profile

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1954
Profile
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1954
Profile
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1954
Profile

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1954
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1954
Profile
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1954
Profile

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Chassis Num: 5478-2145
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Chassis Num: 54782393
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1955
Profile

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Chassis Num: 5588-1033
Model Year: 1955
Profile and Auction History
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Chassis Num: 5588-1220
Model Year: 1955
Profile and Auction History
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Chassis Num: 5588-1269
Model Year: 1955
Profile and Auction History

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Chassis Num: 5588-1341
Model Year: 1955
Profile and Auction History
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Chassis Num: 55881163
Model Year: 1955
Profile and Auction History
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Chassis Num: 55881258
Model Year: 1955
Profile and Auction History

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Chassis Num: 55881335
Model Year: 1955
Profile and Auction History
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Chassis Num: 55881437
Model Year: 1955
Profile and Auction History
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1956
Profile

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1956
Profile
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1956
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1956

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1956
Profile
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1956
Profile
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1956
Profile

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1956
Profile
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1956
Profile
Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Model Year: 1956
Profile

Custom Hardtop Coupe
Packard Caribbean Custom Hardtop Coupe

Model Year: 1956
Custom Hardtop Coupe
Packard Caribbean Custom Hardtop Coupe

Model Year: 1956
Profile
Custom Hardtop Coupe
Packard Caribbean Custom Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: 56971154
Model Year: 1956

Custom Convertible
Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible

Chassis Num: 56991056
Model Year: 1956


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