1951 Packard Patrician Base Sedan 4-Door 5.3L

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Technical specifications

Fuel Type:Gasoline
Interior Color:Tan
Engine:327 inline flathead 8
Trim:Base Sedan 4-Door
Number of Cylinders:8
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327 Straight 8
155 HP
1999 frame off restoration
Sold new December 29, 1950
Automatic transmission
Runs and drives great
About the Packard Patrician 400The Packard Patrician was an automobile built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, from model years 1951 through the 1956. During its six years in production, the Patrician was built in Packard’s Detroit facilities on East Grand Boulevard.
The highest trim level available was the Packard Patrician 400. The Patrician 400 replaced the previous model year’s Custom 8 model range. The car was easily identified from other Packards by its chrome trim; in 1951 the model featured three chrome ports on its rear fenders and in 1952 the car featured four chrome ports. Patricians and 300s also sported a slightly revised grille which included chrome “teeth” in its oval area in 1951. That change occurred to the 250 series soon after introduction. In 1951 and 1952, the automaker attempted to use a numeric naming structure that designated Packard’s least expensive models as Packard 200 and 200 Deluxe while two-door hardtop and convertibles were designated Packard 250 and its mid-range sedan the Packard 300.
The Patrician 400 was available only as a premium, four-door sedan, outfitted with high-grade upholstery and chrome trimming within. For the 1952 model year, Packard retained the services of noted interior decorator Dorothy Draper to bring a fresh look to the interior color scheme. Wilton carpeting and hassock-style rear passenger foot rests were also included with the car. With a list price of $3,662 it also was the most expensive regular Packard offered. The automobile rode upon a 127-inch (3226 mm) wheelbase shared only with the 300 sedan. All other Packards had a wheelbase of 122 inches (3099 mm).
Power for all Packards still came from their venerable in-line eight-cylinder engines. 200s used a 288 cu in (4,720 cm3) unit with 135 bhp (101 kW); all others had a displacement of 327 cu in (5,360 cm3), delivering 150 bhp (112 kW). The Patrician got the best engine Packard had to offer, too. For unequaled smooth operation, its engine featured nine main bearings instead of five as in the other engines without increase in power.
Introduction of the Patrician was, together with most other Packards (250s were delayed), in August 1950. Production totals for 1951 came to 9,001 Patrician 400 units, and 3,975 units for 1952.
The 400 model name was dropped for model years 1953 and 1954; however the Patrician name continued to occupy the premium trim level Packard from 1953 through 1956.

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