Don't tempt me Don, I need to get my current car running first!
As a side note, if you do end up buying it back, I could stop in for a visit while you're in the area.
I actually took a look at the 55 Patrician in PA
since it was only 10 minutes from my house. When I got to his car barn, I was surprised to see five
Packards there**, and FOUR of them were pink! After talking with the gentleman, he told me that the one for sale and the only non-pink one were his; the other three belonged to his friend. The car looks alright, the paint job looks fine across the room or from another car, but standing next to it there's some obvious overspray and bubbling. It had a flat tire and the battery was too dead to crank it over, but the seller insisted it runs and drives great, as do all of the Packards there; they just don't get driven that often.
The seller told me that he kept the color the same as factory. However as many of us know, Rose Quartz was offered only on the Caribbeans in 1955, and a quick investigation of the data plate shows Paint MR and Trim 65: the original interior, but the original paint was Sardonyx. Pinkish, but much softer than it currently sports.
His other car that he's thinking of selling soon is a 1956 Clipper Deluxe in NM Paint (Gray Roof + White Body two-tone) and Trim 11. The interior is VERY clean, it looks and feels brand new (especially considering it has 99k miles), but the seller believes it's original. It has A/C, but I believe it not to be factory, just old. Says it runs and drives great, except for a minor transmission problem and also he doesn't think he has the title. If anyone is interested, let me know and I can pass you on to him. I will warn that I think he highballs a bit, but not to the extent of unreasonableness.
The pink car next to it is his friend's (NK/79); it has one of my favorite interiors which is Copper (69/79/89/169/179/189).
One that caught my eye is his friend's 1955 400 project that he's apparently trying to offload in the future, supposedly it runs and drives great but just needs put back together. I already know it's been repainted like the other, but the interior is original. It's a bit worn, but it seems to have been well kept out of the rain. 75k miles. The gentleman said that all the parts were there, and to the extent I looked at it I would not believe otherwise. Also looks like it has factory A/C. If my current car seems to be too much of a dud / money pit, I'm seriously considering picking up on this one, IF
it's in the condition he advertised to me, and of course if the price is right, as I would be much farther along there than spending the same amount on improvements to my own car. I'm sticking with my current car for now, but it's something on my radar.
** Two 1955 400's, a 1956 Patrician, a 1955 Patrician, and a 1956 Clipper Deluxe.
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