1955 Packard Clipper Custom, ORIGINAL SURVIVOR, Dry Western Car, NICE

Sale price: $15950,00 make an offer

Technical specifications

Model:Clipper Custom
Type:4-Door Sedan
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Color:Black and Tan
Interior Color:Black and Tan
Engine:352 V-8
Trim:Two Tone
Number of Cylinders:8
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Current customer rating: current rating for this car (5)
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Talk About A Fifties Land Yacht !!!
Solid and Shiny,
Air Conditioned,
1955 Packard
Clipper Custom,
Is A True Luxury Cruiser !!!
These Magnificent Packard Automobiles Beat Cadillac and Lincoln In Both Comfort and Performance !!!

These were the cars that were sure to make the neighbors jealous when the original owners brought them home !!!

This Car Is A 68,600 Actual Mile,
One of 8,708 produced
One of 43 Believed To Exist
You will be hard pressed to find a nicer example ANYWHERE for this money !!!
This car has been part of a large private collection for many, many years. The owner was my friend Russ and this was his favorite car for tours and general cruising.
Russ bought this car from another collector in DRY, DRY, IDAHO High Country which accounts for it’s LACK of RUST. It is VERY, VERY SOLID. Russ always stored it in a climate controlled facility.
This car never sat in a Farmers Barn, a field or a junkyard. It instead sat in a loving owner’s garage. It was not pieced together with bits and pieces from junk or abandoned cars. I am pretty sure most of the parts here were installed by Packard Factory Workers on the assembly line.
Sadly, Russ passed away last year and now his collection is being dispersed. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET A GREAT DEAL ON A WONDERFUL OLD CAR !!!
Here Are The Details;

BODY- SUPER SOLID. I would say this car is virtually RUST-FREE. I have seen no evidence of major rust or rust repair. This car is VERY STRAIGHT, shows minimal wear and tear and I see NO EVIDENCE OF CRASH REPAIR. The hood, doors and trunk line up nicely and shut with a CLICK. Is it perfect? No…it is 60 years old and has a couple of MINOR dings and such. To expect me to try to give a description like “there is a BB sized ding 4 inches below the right rear door handle at a 47 degree angle is ludicrous. All in all a VERY NICE BODY.
PAINT- SMOOTH and SHINY.As far as I can tell this car has had one professional repaint since new. The area that is now Tan was originally Canary Yellow. The Raven Black area has always been black. The refinish is smooth and shiny with no orange peel and nice depth. The trim was removed prior to painting. I have an auto restoration shop and know a good job from a bad one. I would say this was done correctly. The paint on the firewall is original. NICE PAINT !!!
ENGINE and TRANSMISSION- I am told this is the original 352 Cubic Inch 245 Horse Power Overhead Valve V-8 engine. This was the first year for the Overhead and this is the High Power OPTION for the Clippers. 4-bbl carburetor with the optional Ultramatic Automatic Trans mission. The engine starts easily and runs well with no strange noises. The transmission shifts as it should and will occasionally leak some fluid after it has been sitting awhile which I am told is normal for these machines. The rear end is quiet. Russ annually took this car to a Packard expert in Minnesota for servicing and a tune up as he wanted it ready to go anywhere he desired at a moment’s notice. Knowing Russ as I did, I would think if it had any problems he would have addressed them. Exhaust is quiet with no leaks. RUNS WELL !!!
INTERIOR- Very Classy tan and black cloth fabric done in the original style. NO RIPS, NO WEAR and TEAR. NEVER SMOKED IN !!! Carpet is nice. Dash has the ORIGINAL BLACK PAINT as I believe the Garnish Moldings also have. Dash Chrome is very nice. Nice steering Wheel and Horn Ring. NICE INTERIOR !!!
CHROME and TRIM – EXCELLENT ORIGINAL. Fifties cars are all about the chrome and trim and this car is nice. I believe it is all ORIGINAL. The Bumpers and Grill are shiny. The Diecast is in good condition and the Stainless is as well. Is it perfect? No. Again it is 60 years old and has a tweak or a ding here or there but nothing you would need to address unless you want to. VERY NICE TRIM !!!
SUSPENSION and BRAKES- Factory POWER BRAKES and Torsion-Level Suspension. Seem to be working as they should but I have not driven the car a lot and I am not an expert. The car has been mostly sitting for the last couple of years because of Russ’ illness. As with any old car I would suggest checking things out before you do a long trip.
WHEELS and TIRES- Original type steel wheels and Hub Caps with newer style Radial Whitewall tires. Tread looks good but I’m not sure how old they are.
GLASS- GOOD. No cracks. I think most of it is ORIGINAL and properly Date Coded.
OTHER STUFF- Air Conditioning is Vintage Air Type aftermarket and was working well when it was last used. Might need a recharge but it is Winter here and hard to tell. At any rate it is modern stuff that today’s techs should be able to work on. FACTORY POWER ANTENNA WORKS ( that’s got to be kind of rare). Lights light. Gauges gauge. Wipers wipe. Horn toots.
That’s about it. As you can see I have tried to cover it.
I am a straight shooter and will not knowingly misrepresent anything.
The car is presently stored for the Winter but you are welcome to come and inspect it. Remember, it is Winter here in Iowa and the roads are covered with ice, snow and road salt. Thus, there will be no test drives as I do not want to subject this car to potential damage.
Come to think of it you don’t get a test drive at Barrett Jackson, Mecum, RM or any other Auction either.

Is this car perfect ?
No. There is no such thing as a perfect car !!!
Is this car nice ?
Yes, this car is very nice !!!
Is this a car I can drive with PRIDE ?
Yes !!!


Overseas Buyers are welcome. I can help arrange dependable, professional shipping anywhere in the World at a reasonable cost.

Questions ? Call Skeet. (515) 573-5353 office or (515) 571-4691 cellphone

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