For 1955, Packard introduced an all new overhead valve V8 to replace their antiquated straight 8 to compete directly with Cadillac. In top spec as found in their most expensive model, the Caribbean, the 352cid version featured Rochester dual 4-barrel carburetors and was rated at an impressive 275hp with 355 ft/lbs of torque, which topped Cadillac's heavier Eldorado by 5hp and 10 ft/lbs. The Caribbean also featured Packard's highly advanced torsion level suspension, which soaks up any road surface, no matter how imperfect, in a relaxed, effortless manner. It wowed the editors at Motor Trend Magazine, who proclaimed that the Packard can "float you through severest of bumps with the greatest of ease." Priced at nearly $6,000, just 500 Caribbeans were built for 1955.
This special car has benefitted from a frame off restoration and has been driven only 353 miles since. Everything has been maintained in excellent condition. This Packard drives as it should and is loaded with extras such as torsion bar self-leveling suspension, dual Rochester 4 BBL carbs, power windows, power steering, power brakes, and power seat. Also included is the Wonderbar signal seeking radio and stainless-steel dual exhaust. It is ready to show at any AACA meet and would make the owner proud wherever it is seen. The new owner should enjoy the Packards performance for many miles and many years to come.