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1956Packard 400
$19,500

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Engine Size374 V 8

TransmissionPackard Ultramatic

VIN5687-1932

Miles72350

Interior ColorBlack & White

Exterior ColorScottish Heather (Pink)

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1956 Packard Four Hundred Hardtop


The 1956 Packard “Four Hundred” Hardtop was Packard’s last-stand at luxury prior to the merging of operations with Studebaker, which would eventually see the end of Packard just two years later. These last of the Detroit-built Packards lived up to the marque’s tradition of superb quality and luxury.

This particular car was purchased new by the Packard dealer in Farmington, New Mexico, as his personal car. It was ordered with most every option available, except air conditioning. Although Packard was rightly proud of their new push-button automatic transmission, the dealer preferred a conventional column-mounted gearshift. Ordering the parts from Packard, the dealer’s service department made the conversion. The car was also fitted with dual spotlights.

This Packard was enjoyed for many years in New Mexico, first by the dealer and then passed to his son. It has always been maintained and serviced regularly. Obviously living in New Mexico, it has NO RUST. No accidents or damage. About 15 years ago the car was repainted in the correct Scottish Heather/Dover White colors, the dashboard and seats were reupholstered. Door panels and headliner are original and excellent today.

The car made the move to Oregon about 10 years ago to join the stable of a prominent Packard collector and restorer. He went through the car with a fine tooth comb and addressed anything mechanically that was not to his level of quality. The dual-range Ultramatic transmission was rebuilt by an expert in Chicago and shifts perfectly. The electric Torsion Level suspension system was entirely rebuilt and made completely operational. It also works perfectly today. Diamondback radial wide whitewall tires were fitted. The dual mufflers and resonators were replaced, making this car whisper-quiet at idle and truly, as Packard said, “the soft-spoken boss of the road.”


The engine is excellent. This was Packard’s last (and best) incarnation of their V-8 design, with a whopping 10.5:1 compression, giving the 374 cubic inch engine 290 horsepower at 4600 rpm. Combine that with the 3.55:1 Dana rear-end and this car hits the highway and goes 70 mph all-day, while delivering up to 18 miles per gallon. Engine runs smooth and quiet with no smoke or issues. SEE VIDEO. All gauges work and register accurately. Car runs cool and does not overheat. An auxiliary electric fuel pump was added for fast starting after extended periods of slumber (car runs normally on the factory mechanical fuel pump). Gas tank dropped and cleaned. New battery. The lights, heater, power windows and 4-way power seat all work. Radio hums. Clock is correct twice a day. Chrome is original and very good. Stainless trim is excellent. (Even the stainless “eyebrow” trim over the doors flip up and down properly, working as they should.) This is a great looking – and driving Packard. The last of the true Packards to come out of Detroit. Please see the photos and video, which were taken recently.


If you are looking for a wonderfully preserved and maintained car that presents beautifully and is turn-key ready, this is the one. I am confident to say you can fly-in and drive it home to anywhere in the country. You’ll be assured of a memorable journey and admiring looks wherever you go.

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Basic

Year
1956
Make
Packard
Model Name
400
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Classic
Mileage
72350
VIN
5687-1932

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
374 V-8
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
Packard Ultramatic

Interior

Interior Color Factory
Black & White
Seating Type
Bench
Seat Material
Vinyl
Shifter Type
Column
Center Console
No

Body

Body Style
Hardtop
Doors
2
Color Factory
Scottish Heather (Pink)
Paint Type
Single stage
Stripes
No

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Torsion bar
Rear Suspension Type
Torsion bar
Axle Specification
Dana 3.55:1
Front Wheel Specification
15X6.5
Rear Wheel Specification
15X6.5
Front Tire Specification
235/60R15
Rear Tire Specification
235/60R15
Spare
15X6.5
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
Factory Replacement

History

Restoration Status
Restored

Options

  • AM Radio
  • Courtesy Lights
  • Electric Clock
  • Padded Sun Visors & Dash
  • Power Antenna
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