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1955 Custom Clipper Constellation
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Hello Packard owners and those who love Packard's !
Been quite some time since I've been here. So....let me share what I've come across. Looking for inputs, comments, questions or concerns.......
Back in 2014, Had to sell my beloved 51 Packard Patrician 400. Life and economics raised it's ugly head. Fast forward to today.....
1955 Custom Clipper Constellation. Completely original, 80k on the odometer, believe to be original but unable to verify until I research owner/ registration history.
Everything works, including all power windows and ride leveling kit.........missing a view pieces of chrome and some badges but all available........through multiple resources......
Ok.....hit me with all the inputs....good bad or indifferent.....I'm retired navy so.......nothing can be said to offend me....ROTFLMAO

Regards,
Hoping to be the new owner !!

Posted on: 2017/5/28 10:41
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Re: 1955 Custom Clipper Constellation
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I haven't a clue about pricing anymore but the Constellation is one of the more desirable Clippers so that is one thing in its favor at the start. Well equipped and with things working is another. As you said, the missing pieces can be replaced. Depending on what, some items could still be a bit of a challenge though. The fact it is well optioned could be a downside as the more there is the more potential for spending money but all in all, if the car is in good condition and within your budget I'd say go for it.

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Re: 1955 Custom Clipper Constellation
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Thank you Sir ! Looking to close the deal by the end of the day !

Posted on: 2017/5/28 11:21
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Re: 1955 Custom Clipper Constellation
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Been talking to the seller all day....everything works including the leveling system and power antenna !

Posted on: 2017/5/28 11:33
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Re: 1955 Custom Clipper Constellation
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Question.....was/ is the dash on the 5567, fabric covered or painted metal ?

Posted on: 2017/5/28 11:36
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The top of the dash was painted metal. I am not 100% sure and would have to look but the pad may have been an option on Customs.

The front was a thin perforated anodized aluminum sheet. As I recall it was more a silvery aluminum shade while Packards had a more subtle and richer looking color..

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Posted on: 2017/5/28 11:55
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Re: 1955 Custom Clipper Constellation
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The instrument cluster panel is as you described from the pics I received from the owner. It's the top dash I had questions about.....my apologies for not being more specific....the excitement about the possibility of owning this Packard is the same as I felt when I got my 51 Patrician........!!!

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According to the 55 RPO sheet (on site so you can download it) the 55 Customs did have the TP option available but it was still an option. TP stands for instrument board trim pad which I would take to be the pad on the top of the dash. I believe that also included a panel which screwed to the inside of the glovebox lid. Not sure on 55s as it may have been new for 56 but in 56 the glovebox lid piece had small depressions for cupholders and a pocket.

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Re: 1955 Custom Clipper Constellation
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Another question from those who own one.......
My 51 Patrician wheels were 5 x 5.5 lug spacing.
Is the 55 CCC (Custom clipper Constellation) the same or 5 x 5 lug spacing ? I have a set of diamondback www's on 5 x 5 lug spacing that I could use immediately.....just sayin.
I went through all the spec literature but could not find any mention of that spec....

Posted on: 2017/5/28 17:48
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Re: 1955 Custom Clipper Constellation
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Does the Clipper have factory A/C? Factory A/C would have A/C ducts on top of the dash. Something jogs my memory that if. Clipper had factory A/C it had a padded dash, BUT my memory could be wrong.

The 1955/56 senior Packard rims will not fit the Jr Clipper.
http://www.packardinfo.com/xoops/html/downloads/SC/SC-VOL29NO1.pdf

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