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5542 Clipper Super Touring Sedan

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SERIES:

55th

YEAR:

1955

WB:

122

MODEL/CHASSIS:

5540

CARBURETOR:

Carter WCFB 2232S or 2284S

ENGINE:

320

CYLINDERS:

8

HP:

225

WEIGHT:

3,670

MSRP:

$2,686

TOTAL PRODUCTION:

7,979

PASSENGERS:

6

GND VOLTAGE:

+12

TIRE SIZE:

7.60x15

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Clipper emerges as a distinctive second line for Packard in 1955. Super represents a step-up from the Deluxe, mainly in terms of trim. The 55th Junior Series models are a major facelift of the 1951-54 shell, but trunk lid, rear bumper, and taillights are carried-over from previous Series. New back-up lights are still optional, but now integrated with the taillights. Helmswheel ornaments adorn throughout. Early front door side trim utilized a short straight spear at leading edge, limiting two-tone paint to the tops of doors, rear fenders, trunk, and roof areas; production later changed to a curved door molding, creating a natural cove for additional two-tone area - like Panama. Rear fender skirts and full wheel covers are optional, but rocker panel moldings are standard. All-new V8 engine is standard, with upgrade to Twin Ultramatic or overdrive transmission available at extra-cost. All-new Torsion-Level suspension is not offered on this model - even as an option - until July of 1955. Mid-year change in cylinder head casting also necessitates change in carburetor, distributor, and spark plugs. - BH

Recommended Manuals and Literature:

1955 Clipper Owner's Manual

'Packard Presents Two Great Lines for 1955' Brochure

1955 Accessories Booklet

1955 Studebaker-Packard Corp Paint Chips

1955-1956 Packard Service Information Index

1955-1956 Packard Service Manual

1955-1956 Parts and Accessories List (Parts Book)

The New Packard and Packard Clipper (1955 Showroom Album)


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