The 1951-1954 Packard Patrician was the automaker's newly named top-line standard sedan in the early '50s. Along with other models, it carried the firm's first complete redesign since the Clipper of a decade earlier.
The shape of the Patrician, which designer John Reinhart named "high pockets," didn't wear particularly well, however. There was no criticizing the Patrician's integrity, though -- it was beautifully built, comfortable in the Packard tradition, and surprisingly fast.
Most buyers thought it dull and uninteresting next to the tailfinned Cadillac V-8s and the very roadable Lincolns of these years, and spent their money accordingly.
Pluses of the 1951-1954 Packard Patrician:
- Milestone car
Minuses of the 1951-1954 Packard Patrician:
- 1954 gear-start Ultramatic gave frequent trouble
Production of the 1951-1954 Packard Patrician:
- 1951: 9,001
- 1952: 3,975
- 1953: 7,456
- 1954: 2,760
Specifications of the 1951-1954 Packard Patrician:
Wheelbase, inches: 127.0
Length, inches: 218.0
Weight, pounds: 4,100-4,190
Price, new: $3,662-3,890
Engines for the 1951-1954 Packard Patrician:
Type Size Horsepower Years sv I-8 327 cid 155/180 1951-1953 sv I-8 359 cid 212 1954
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