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(5687) Four Hundred/Esquire hardtop' - DaveB845
Model Information
YEAR: 1956
SERIES: 56th
MODEL NAME: Four Hundred/Esquire hardtop'
MODEL NUMBER: 5687
VIN NUMBER: 5687-4121
General Information
FOUND WHERE: Atlanta, GA
FOUND CONDITION: Good
CURRENT LOCATION: Lilburn, GA
CURRENT CONDITION: Good
PLANNED USE: Daily Driver
Interior Information
INTERIOR CODE: ---
INTERIOR DESCRIPTION: Ivory, bronze and tan original leather. Driver's seat bottom has worn through but the rest is servicable The door trim plate shows blank for interior.
Exterior Information
PAINT CODE: MES
PAINT NAME: Dover white, Danube Blue, Dark Bronze
EXTERIOR DESCRIPTION: Paint is quite good for being forty years old. So is the white vinyl top. Car has been consistently garaged for 40 years.
Drivetrain Information
ENGINE: 374
ENGINE SERIAL: 56874121
TRANSMISSION: Pushbutton Ultramatic
Other Information
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT: "Esquire" dealer custom, dual cowl hood, factory wire wheel covers, Frigi-King under dash A/C, dual spot lamps and antennae
VEHICLE HISTORY/
PROJECT STATUS:
 Bought well-cared-for from third owner who had it for more than 44 years.  He is a retired dealer mechanic, third generation of Packard mechanics from the Washington, DC area.  Mechanically and operationally, this car is solid.  Interior is vintage and front seat leather is worn and could be recovered on driver's seat cushion.  Many NOS parts.  Originally, this was one of few Esquire dealer-customized cars sold in the DC and MD and VA. Mechanically, there is very little that needs to be done to it.  It's about as close to a Caribbean hardtop as you can get, minus the seats and twin four barrels.

The VIN would indicate a late May or early June 1956 build date; there were only 102 more Four Hundred hardtops left to be built.  This was an "Esquire" dealer custom, probably ordered through the Harry du Bois distributorship, and delivered to McNey Packard at either of their Washington DC or Bethesda, MD dealerships just as Detroit production was finishing at the Connor Avenue plant.  Have since obtained June 14, 1956 build sheet with SPEC options, shipped to DuBois Motors in VA.
Custom Modifications
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Modification Detail:
Fifties era Frigi-King under dash A/C unit.  Engine/transmission under dash oil level sight gauge (now disconnected). Originally painted Mojave tan and Dover white, the previous owner repainted it in MES scheme in the late 1960s.
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