A veritable gem for collectors of vintage American automobiles!
This Packard Patrician 400 is an early model, built in 1951. It features the highest trim level available at its time. The four-door sedan comes according to its previous owner in an unrestored, original state. Owing to the very dry conditions in the desert state of Arizona, it is largely free of visible rust and still bears an ancient paintwork with truly charming patina.
Technically, too, the Patrician is in a very decent state for its age. The straight eight engine with a capacity of 5.4 litres starts up and runs, the car is conditionally fit to drive.
The Packard has been cleared through customs and comes with the US title.
This is a very rare specimen which ought to cut a fine figure at classic car get-togethers.
The Packard company had, before WWII, established a name as a premium car manufacturer. Their somewhat traditional approach with regards to both engineering and styling had served them well in the past, but became increasingly problematic in the 1950s, when constant model changes became standard. The all-new model series released in 1951 sold successfully for a few years, but could not prevent the demise of the Packard company in 1956.
The Patrician 400 was the premium trim level of the series, with plenty of chrome, including chrome teeth in the grile and chrome ports on the rear fenders. Its interiour was luxurious. The engine was still a straight eight, with 5.3 litres of capacity, which ran very smoothly owing to nine main bearings on the crankshaft. All Patricians came with a “Ultramatic” automatic transmission.
The 1955 model year brought a last facelift and the introduction of a more modern V8 engine. It came too late to save the dying swan.