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(5687) Four Hundred Hardtop Coupe - Packard Downunder
Model Information
YEAR: 1956
SERIES: 56th
MODEL NAME: Four Hundred Hardtop Coupe
MODEL NUMBER: 5687
VIN NUMBER: 5787 3639
General Information
FOUND WHERE: LA, California
FOUND CONDITION: Original Survivor
CURRENT LOCATION: Melbourne Australia
CURRENT CONDITION: Good
PLANNED USE: Show Car
Interior Information
INTERIOR CODE: 87
INTERIOR DESCRIPTION: Interior requires full restoration - original fabrics purchased from SMS Auto Fabrics
Exterior Information
PAINT CODE: MP
PAINT NAME: Yellow & White
EXTERIOR DESCRIPTION: Car is 60% restored. Full chassis rebuild with body off. 2 Pak paint back to original white over yellow. Awaiting chroming to be finished. All rubbers to be purchased. Car has been converted to right hand drive using locally assembled 56 Clipper dash.
Drivetrain Information
ENGINE: 374 cu in
ENGINE SERIAL: 3639
TRANSMISSION: Ultramatic w/push button
Other Information
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT: Power seats, brakes, windows, steering, signal seek radio, twin electric rear aerials, tinted glass, twin traction diff (I think), front & rear heaters.
VEHICLE HISTORY/
PROJECT STATUS:

Car was imported into Australia from California in 1990 by friend Noel Watson along with a 55 400 H/T.  Engine was not running at the time. No rust ever. Car shows 65K miles on clock. Engine has never been rebuilt. I could not afford to buy at that time and the car was sold to Ivan Hoffmaier in Southern New South Wales who commenced restoration. Subsequently sold to John Payne in Melbourne who furthered restoration. I kept track of this car for 19 years and purchased in 2009. I also own a 56 clipper sedan, a 51 200 sedan and a 59 Ford Retractable.

Car is right hand drive now, all chassis full rebuilt, steering, brakes & suspension. Body painted in 2 pak - original white over yellow. Have purchased new yellow vinyl (leather was too expensive) and original black cloth. Have all engine components now to rebuild engine. All engine ancillery components have been rebuilt (carb, radiator, generator, heater cores, water pump, fueld pump & tank  etc). All bumpers chromed - getting other parts done as money becomes available. Yet to buy all rubbers. I am missing fuel tank sender (lost by vendor when getting cleaned out) and the two round emblems on the o/s edge of both front seats.

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