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1953 Packard Caribbean 6,000 original miles

Make: Packard
Type: Convertible
Trim: Caribbean
Year: 1953
Mileage: 6,923
VIN: 2678 2130
Color: Polaris Blue (teal)
Engine: 327 Thunderbolt
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Blue/White Leather
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Denver, Colorado, United States

1953 Packard Additional Info:

I bought this car at auction in the fall of 2014. There was no description, no history, no bumpers, no grill, and nobody knew if it ran. I bought it. The transporter thought it was just an old car, so he didn't pay any mind, when he bounces it along the trailer rails. Before that time, there was not a single dent in the car. Now the driver fender is damaged, a small dent in the left quarter, and a few very small dents on the passenger side. While the car does have a lot of surface rust (from storage in a moist building) there is no rust through or holes ANYWHERE in the car!

Fluids changed, the car quickly came to life. It ran great, but one lifter rattled. We replaced it but then another did the same thing. Maybe all lifters need some renewing or resurrection to overcome the sitting time. The leather seats, door panels, carpet, steering wheel and dash are all original and very nice for the age. Even the top is original, the snaps are rusted, but the canvas is without rip or tear. The car shifts and drives, and the brakes work. The fluid was nasty in the hydraulic reservoir, but the top, seat and windows all work under power! All glass is original with no cracks. The steering wheel is smooth to the touch as a new car. The dash is as new with original key instruction stickers in place. Five original spoke wheels and wide whitewall tires.

The auction company took title of the car to preserve anonymity of the owners, so it came with virtually no history. There was an old political poster in the trunk on "period" canvas type paper. There was also a wrought iron umbrella stand, still wrapped for mailing in brown paper tied with string, mailing labels in tact. Also new-in-box bumper jack. There is a NYS inspection sticker in the windshield, and an inspection receipt from 1996 in the glove drawer, showing 6661 miles. I think the auction co would have removed if they could figure out that glove drawer slides, as opposed to a hinged door.The bumpers and grill were removed for replating, bolts stored in a coffee can, and the bumpers and grille became separated from the car.

I bought a really nice 53 Clipper, and have the show quality chrome bumpers and grill from that car to go with the Caribbean. They don't have the ribbed attachments on the grill bar, or the bumper rails of the senior cars, but these can be located and added, or left off for a cleaner look.

The car is super solid, door slams and alignment are superb. There is a guy who made dies and is reproducing the front wheel opening moldings. They are chrome plated steel, so not really straightenable.

I ran an ebay ad a few months ago, knowing nothing about the history of the car. Within a day of posting, I started getting messages from people who knew the car. I spoke with the Packard club magazine editor, Packard club blog moderator, the car’s long time mechanic, and they guy who actually removed the bumpers and grille. All of these guys knew the car and the prior owner. They all verified the condition, history and mileage, even providing pictures of the car when NEW! To the dismay of more than a few interested buyers, I pulled the ad, so I could reflect on how this new information might affect the value of the car.

The first owner of the car was Marguerite Macentee of Bronx, New York. The second owner was her daughter, Melva Macentee, former President of the Eastern Packard Club. The car appeared with Melva’s picture and story in the Autumn 2004 edition of The Packard Cormorant in the feature article “Asking the Woman Who Owns One.” Upon Melva’s death, the car went into probate and turned up the auction in Indiana. The mileage is ORIGINAL at 6,000!

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