This gorgeous, suave sedan is a 1955 Packard Patrician, a car that begs the next owner to never wear short pants and a t-shirt while driving it. This is a suit car, maybe even a suit and hat car. And, with AC you won’t have the excuse of being too hot. This formal car is on eBay with a current bid price of $7,300 and a Buy It Now of $9,750. This is one nice car, I would not let someone else get it for that difference in price if I were bidding.
Good grief, what a beautiful car. There is not one feature on this car that I would add or take away. It’s loaded and with only 22,831 miles, is also in amazing condition for being over six decades old. Black, white, and silver is a perfect combination for such a formal car. How about those exhaust tips in the bumper? We’ve seen those before on Packards and other makes, but it’s a nice detail.
How is there not a Packard Motor Car Company now? This car is so perfect, at least to my eyes, and only 9,127 Patricians were made in 1955, all of them four-door sedans. This was the first year of a new design for Packard’s senior line of cars. It’s hard for me to believe that by 1958 there was no more Packard after producing such a gorgeous car as this just two or three years prior to that. I can picture this car at dusk, parked in front of the fanciest restaurant in town, right after a rain so the street is shiny, and the valet team is arguing over who gets to drive this one.
Here’s what they would see, wow! I wouldn’t have expected to see such a bright interior color in this car. And, although it has less than 23,000 miles on it, the seats appear to have been redone in a velour material, I’m sure they’re comfortable but I would want to scrimp and save to have them reupholstered in an original pattern and style, and also have that cracked driver’s window fixed. Look at that legroom in the back seat! Power windows and front seat are a nice touch for such a luxurious car. The 1955 Patrician had Packard’s new “Torsion-Level Ride“, with “torsion bars front and rear, along with an electric control that kept the car level regardless of load or road conditions.” A pretty handy system when loading up that huge trunk.
Also new was Packard’s modern 352 cubic-inch overhead-valve V8 with a four-barrel carburetor and 260 hp. This one could use some detailing but if you’re not worried about such things just keep it maintained and drive this one. Speaking of driving, there is no mention of how it drives and works, in general, but I would hope that everything works as well as it looks. Are you a fan of these mid-50s Packards or are you a staunch Cadillac or Lincoln fan?