1955-1956 Packard Patrician

The 1955-1956 Packard Patrician was the carmaker's top-line four-door, continuing from previous years with a clever facelift by Dick Teague. The result throughout the line was a Packard that managed to look less like the five-year-old design it was and more like the competition.

Bold grillework, cathedral taillights, advanced torsion bar suspension with self-leveling, and a new ohv V-8 were shared with the sporty Caribbeans, but exterior and interior trim were appropriately more muted in keeping with the Patrician's upper-class image.

Pluses of the 1955-1956 Packard Patrician:

  • Period styling
  • Smooth performance
  • Luxury
  • Widely sought today
  • Low production
  • Packard nameplate
  • Milestone car status

Minuses of the 1955-1956 Packard Patrician:

  • Indifferent assembly quality
  • Occasionally suffers from rust

Production of the 1955-1956 Packard Patrician:

  • 1955: 9,127
  • 1956: 3,775

Specifications of the 1955-1956 Packard Patrician:
Wheelbase, inches: 127.0
Length, inches: 217.4
Weight, pounds: 4,045-4,275
Price, new: $3,890-4,160

Engines for the 1955-1956 Packard Patrician:

Type Size Horsepower Years
ohv V-8 352 cid 260 1955
ohv V-8 374 cid 290 1956

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