Packard, once a prominent American automotive manufacturer, has largely receded into obscurity. From 1899 to 1954, Packard operated as an independent automaker, but financial struggles eventually led to a merger with Studebaker in 1954. By 1962, the Packard nameplate had vanished from the American automotive landscape. However, examples like this 1957 Packard Clipper serve as reminders of Packard's legacy. Meticulously restored with the odometer reading just below 26,000 miles, this sedan showcases the elegance and charm of the era soaring 50's era.
The 1957 Packard Clipper underwent a thorough repaint in 2017, preserving its original copper and white two-tone color scheme. The result is a four-door sedan with a captivating appearance, featuring pristine chrome details and distinctive badging. Chrome hubcaps, copper accents, and whitewall tires adorn the wheels, while even the valve dust caps have been color-coordinated, demonstrating the meticulous restoration work. The car boasts new signals and lights, chrome drip moldings, a dual exhaust system, and front bumper guards. Inside the cabin, the gray and cream interior accommodates up to five adults across two bench seats equipped with lap belts for safety. While the interior retains much of its original charm, an aftermarket head unit with Bluetooth capabilities has been discreetly integrated into the illuminated glovebox for modern music convenience. The car exudes old-school appeal with its art deco-styled dash, slender-rimmed two-spoke Deluxe Safety Cones steering wheel, and column-mounted chrome gear shifter. The electronic clock ensures accurate timekeeping.
Powering the 1957 Packard Clipper is a 289ci Studebaker V8 engine with a Stromberg 2-barrel carburetor and a factory McCulloch supercharger, which is rare for the time. This engine, boasting approximately 275 horsepower, delivers its output to the rear wheels through a 3-Speed Flight-O-Matic automatic transmission. Recent improvements include new brakes and a new battery, enhancing the car's reliability and performance.
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