In 1953 the U.S. auto industry was in full swing and at the beginning of two boom decades. It manifested its vibrancy and vigor by bringing dream cars to market, including the Eldorado, Skylark, Fiesta and Corvette of GM's Motorama and Packard's Caribbean Custom Convertible.
Just 750 of these distinctive Caribbean convertibles built following its late introduction in January 1953 on the Cavalier convertible chassis by Mitchell-Bentley Corp. in Ionia, Michigan.
Design features were taken from Packard's 1952 Pan American show car and featured an enclosed rear-mounted spare tire, a full-width hood scoop, chrome wire wheels, unique rear fenders, horizontal taillights and full leather interior upholstery. Radiused wheel arches were a visual identifier of the Caribbean; all other 1953 Packards had rear fender skirts as standard equipment.
This 1953 Packard Caribbean is attractively presented in Matador Maroon metallic with maroon and white leather upholstery, a white vinyl top and matching top boot cover. It has had cosmetic and mechanical restoration and looks great on chrome wire wheels with bias ply whitewall tires. The engine bay has been freshly detailed and the body is straight. The chassis and underbody are tidy and orderly.
It is an attractive example of one of Packard's most famous and pretty cars. Packard continued to build Caribbeans through 1956, but it is only the 1953s that have the very pretty, distinctive full circle rear wheel arches, a feature that gives the '53 Caribbeans particular visual appeal and immediate identification on the highway during tours or on display.