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(5697) Caribbean Hardtop Coupe - BH
Model Information
YEAR: 1956
SERIES: 56th
MODEL NAME: Caribbean Hardtop Coupe
MODEL NUMBER: 5697
VIN NUMBER: 1135
General Information
FOUND WHERE: Greenville, PA
FOUND CONDITION: Original Survivor
CURRENT LOCATION: Greenville, PA
CURRENT CONDITION: Original Survivor
PLANNED USE: Long Term Restoratio
Interior Information
INTERIOR CODE: 296
INTERIOR DESCRIPTION: Seats upholstered in red/heather (with dark gray band) and white leather reversible to gray cloth (with red/heather band) and white leather; dark gray instrument panel and carpet.
Exterior Information
PAINT CODE: MKN
PAINT NAME: Dover White/Scottish Heather/Maltese Gra
EXTERIOR DESCRIPTION: Unrestored original, but white paint is badly checked from being stored under a tarp in AZ for several years.
Drivetrain Information
ENGINE: 374 V8
ENGINE SERIAL:
TRANSMISSION: Twin Ultramatic
Other Information
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT: Solex Glass with Shaded Windshield (SF)
Twin Traction Safety Differential (PL)

That list doesn't seem like much, but just about anything that was optional on any other Packard came standard this model. Side-view mirrors are incorrect, but will be replaced by authentic originals.
VEHICLE HISTORY/
PROJECT STATUS:
Originally delivered, new, in Grand Rapids, MI, this car somehow wound up in Arizona in the late 1950s and remained in the hands of the same owner for over three decades. However, after 1977, it spent most of its time under a waterproof car cover, which was not good for the original factory paint. In the late 1980s, the owner decided to relocate to his hometown in Pennsylvania, but when he couldn't get his asking price for the car, he had it trailered back East, in hopes of restoring it. I had always wanted a Caribbean, but I wasn't even aware of this car's existence, right in my own hometown – until it "found" me in 1991 (a whole 'nuther story). I bought the car in 1992 - without haggling on price. It took a lot of buffing, cleaning and detailing to make the car presentable, and a little mechanical work made it roadworthy, for awhile. I showed the car a few times locally, but retired it to long-term storage after 1997 - due to too many other projects. Eventually, it will get some additional mechanical work and a cosmetic resto.
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