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1955 Model Year Identification

The Vehicle Number (VN) was found on a plate attached to the left front door post. Engine serial numbers were located on a boss at the upper left-hand side of the cylinder block. Vehicle Number began with the Body/Style Number suffixed by the engine serial number. The Body/Style Number forming the first part of the Vehicle Number was revised and no longer used consecutive series numbering. Packard switched to using the last two digits of the calendar year as the first two symbols of the series and model designations. Therefore, the first two symbols used to identify cars, series and models were

Year

Series

Model/Chassis

Body Number

Model Name

1955

55th

5540

5522

Clipper Deluxe Touring Sedan

1955 55th 5522 Clipper Deluxe Touring Sedan

1955

55th

5540

5542

Clipper Super Touring Sedan

1955 55th 5542 Clipper Super Touring Sedan

1955

55th

5540

5547

Clipper Super Panama Hardtop Coupe

1955 55th 5547 Clipper Super Panama Hardtop Coupe

1955

55th

5560

5562

Clipper Custom Touring Sedan

1955 55th 5562 Clipper Custom Touring Sedan

1955

55th

5560

5567

Clipper Custom Constellation Hardtop Coupe

1955 55th 5567 Clipper Custom Constellation Hardtop Coupe

1955

55th

5580

5582

Patrician Touring Sedan

1955 55th 5582 Patrician Touring Sedan

1955

55th

5580

5587

Four Hundred Hardtop Coupe

1955 55th 5587 Four Hundred Hardtop Coupe

1955

55th

5580

5588

Caribbean Convertible Coupe

1955 55th 5588 Caribbean Convertible Coupe

1955 Corporate Information

Factory introduction of 1955 models took place Jan. 17, 1955. Model year output was 55,247 cars. Calendar year sales were 69,667 units. Packard was America

1955 Optional Equiptment

Radio ($102). Heater ($80). Power steering ($115). Powerbrakes ($40). Power seat ($70). Power windows ($108). Air conditioning ($647). Power antenna. Tinted glass. Wonderbar radio. Rear window defogger. Roll-up trunk light. Bolt-on wire wheel covers. Remote spare tire filler. Locking gas cap door. Rain vent shades. Curb feelers. Traffic light viewfinder. License plate frames. Door edge guards. Lighted vanity mirror. Drink holder and pocket pouch. Snap-in Car-Pet mats. Chrome rocker arm covers. Remote master cylinder filler. Fog lamps. A three-speed manual transmission was standard on all Clippers. Ultramatic Drive was optional on all Clippers at $199. Ultramatic Drive was standard and mandatory on all Packards. Overdrive transmission was optional on Clippers at $1 10. An oil bath air cleaner was standard with Packard; optional with Clipper. All Packards had dual exhaust with reverse flow mufflers and resonators. Available rear axle gear ratios included: (standard) 3.90:1; (Ultramatic) 3.23:1 and (overdrive) 3.90:1.

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