A picture from yours truly of a 1955 Packard Caribbean at one of the dozens of auto shows my wonderful wife and I have attended in the past couple of years.

Packard was a grand American make that “slummed” it during the Great Depression in order to survive and then did not shed its middle-class cars fast enough after World War II. Its ill-advised purchase/merger with Studebaker in 1954 was its final mistake.

I LOVE the Caribbean, Dick Teague’s amazing rework of the 1951 Packard body shell. Some think the tri-tone paint treatment is gaudy, but I think it’s awesome. Of course, as I have written before I have an obsession with defunct American makes. I would write primarily about Packard, Studebaker, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, etc. but I don’t want to lose most of my readers. 🙂

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