1956 is that last year of Packard Caribbean production and Packard pulled out all the stops to make it one of America's most powerful, luxurious, comfortable and powerful automobiles. Just 276 Packard Caribbean convertibles were built in 1956, each of them powered by Packard's 374 cubic inch overhead valve V-8 with dual four-barrel carburetors rated at 310 horsepower -- ten horsepower more than Chrysler's 300C. Each was equipped with Packard's exclusive Ultramatic automatic transmission. Shifted by dash-mounted pushbuttons, the Ultramatic has rightly come to be regarded as the best automatic produced in Detroit at the time. This 1956 Packard Caribbean convertible is one of just sixteen to have been equipped with factory air conditioning in addition to the long list of standard Caribbean features which included power windows, power brakes, power steering, radio, heater, padded dash, dual power antennas, fender skirts and chrome wire wheels with whitewall tires. Meticulously restored over a three year period in the mid 00's, it has earned an AACA National First Prize at Hershey and best in class at the Greenwich, Meadow Brook and Radnor Hunt Concours. Its black paint is deep and lustrous. All the bright work has been comprehensively prepared and re-chromed. The interior is upholstered in soft black leather with pumpkin accents and black cloth on the other side of the reversible seat cushions and backs, complemented by the gold anodized dashboard and black cloth top and boot cover. It is thoroughly and accurately restored to better than new condition without going to extremes, a rare and significant example of the top of the line in the last year of full-size Packard production.
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