The 1955 Packard Super Clipper lineup was unveiled in the fall of 1954, just a few short months after Packard and Studebaker had merged into a single company in an effort to remain competitive.
By 1957, Packard ideas and engines had been abandoned, and the cars were nothing more than rebadged Studebakers.
The Clipper was given its name after a particular class of sailing ship. It was constructed by Packard/Studebaker-Packard at several points before and after World War II, as well as once more between 1953 and 1957.
The Clipper was Packard’s most affordable series for the later part of that time, and by the time of the merger, management realized that it was tarnishing Packard’s reputation as a luxury automaker. The Clipper most likely wouldn’t have existed if Packard had continued as its own brand.
In 1958, Packard’s demise occurred suddenly. The Clipper was Packard’s more understated model, like this 1955 model that has reportedly been in a barn since 2007.
The Packard is available in St. Mathias, Minnesota, and here on Craigslist with a $4,500 asking price. It now needs an unknown amount of work. Thank you for another historical discovery.
We don’t know much about the seller’s car other than the fact that it is filthy after 15 years. We assume the 320-cubic-inch V8 and its automatic transmission companion are still housed within the car.
The automobile has a meager 51,000 miles on it, and there is no mention of the reason why it was left parked. Although the interior views are very limited, the body and paint may be in good condition.
We trust that no windows, including the one on the driver’s side, were left unlocked. In 1955, Clipper made 8,039 Clipper Deluxes, 14,995 Clipper Supers, and 15,380 Clipper Customs.
1955 Packard Clipper Super Video
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