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(5687) Four Hundred Hardtop Coupe - randy berger
Model Information
YEAR: 1956
SERIES: 56th
MODEL NAME: Four Hundred Hardtop Coupe
MODEL NUMBER: 5687
VIN NUMBER: 3453
General Information
FOUND WHERE: East McKeesport, Pa
FOUND CONDITION: Fair
CURRENT LOCATION: Pittsburgh, Pa
CURRENT CONDITION: Good
PLANNED USE: Long Term Restoratio
Interior Information
INTERIOR CODE: 83
INTERIOR DESCRIPTION: WHITE GENUINE LEATHER GREEN GENUINE LEATHER LIGHT GREEN JACQUARD
Exterior Information
PAINT CODE: CM
PAINT NAME: eire green, dover white
EXTERIOR DESCRIPTION: eire green roof and bottom main body dover white
Drivetrain Information
ENGINE: 374 V8
ENGINE SERIAL: 3453
TRANSMISSION: twin ultramatic
Other Information
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT: dual spotlights with mirrors, genuine Packard wire wheels (Motor Wheel), Brake Safety reservoir kit, Manual control of torsion-level system, twin traction, push-button gearshift, dual rear antennas, underseat heater, Solex glass.
VEHICLE HISTORY/
PROJECT STATUS:
This 1956 Four Hundred hardtop is built on a 127 inch wheelbase chassis and weighs 5,000 pounds.   Purchase price was $4190.00 FOB Detroit  The serial number is 3453 which makes it number 2453 of 3224 produced. 

Powered by Packard’s  374 cubic inch V-8 engine with a 4.125 bore and  a  3.5 stroke,   it develops 290 bhp and 405  foot-pounds  of torque @ 2800 rpm.

Power is delivered to the Twin-Traction (posi-traction) 3.54 rear-end through the twin-ultramatic electrically controlled push-button automatic transmission.   The suspension system is two 111 inch long torsion bars augmented by two auxiliary torsion bars connected to an electrically powered 2762:1 gear reduction.  The auxiliary bars react to any change in load or weight distribution and maintain the vehicle at a constant level riding height in normal operation. Height can be controlled manually for unusual situations, going up/down steep driveways, changing tires, etc.).............................

Optional equipment ————————————————
Push-button gearshift——–——————————–———–$52.00
Wonderbar radio with dual powered rear antennas and rear-seat
           speaker
————————————————–$168.00
Power brakes―——————————————————— $39.80
Electric windows—
——————————————— $108.00
Four-way power seats ———————————————— $70.00
Heater with underseat heater—————————————— $131.00
White sidewalls ———————————————————$39.00
Torsion level    ——————————————————— $150.00
Twin-Traction ———————————————————— $44.00
Solex glass —————————————————————$32.30
Twin spotlights with mirrors ——————————————$100.00
Wire wheels ———————————————————— $200.00
Total ——————————————————————– $5,324.10

Purchased in 1972 for $100.00 by the third (and current) owner, its present value is slightly higher.
Bodywork and paint by Al’s Service, Wendel, Pa————————
Supplies via advertisers in Hemmings Motor News———————
(Acrylic lacquer from Hibernia Auto Restorations, New Jersey)——
Original upholstery material and matched leather
by   
                      SMS Auto Fabrics,  Portland, Ore
Potmetal chrome by Potmetal Restorations, Tallahassee, Fla———
Wire wheels restored by Wire Wheels, Fresno, Calif.——————
Interior by Sisco’s Auto Trim, Monroeville, Pa.————————
Transmission rebuilt by Ron Siegal, Fombell, Pa————————
Bumpers and interior chrome by M&P Refinishing, Jeannette, Pa.—
Money supplied by owner and "The Management"..———————
Mechanical work done by owner and slave (son)————————

Packard’s motto “Ask the man who owns one”.————————

.........................So ask me, just go ahead and ask me!

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