Engine Size
Inline 8cyl
Transmission Type


  • Rare example of a small build number in 1954.
  • Body on restoration in beautiful condition.
  • 359 c.i. in line V8.
  • Exceptional driver.


After surviving the Great Depression and World War II years, the Packard Motor Car Company required a vehicle with which it could reassert its image in the American luxury car segment. The resulting Caribbean was a stunning convertible inspired by the Pan-American show car, and championed by Company President, James Nance. The Caribbean first appeared in 1953, built by the Mitchell-Bentley Company, which had been engaged by Packard to convert 750 standard convertibles. With a highly desirable design and luxurious appointments, the Caribbean Convertible represented the ultimate expression of Packard quality, luxury and style. Its characteristic styling, luxury features and strong eight-cylinder engine ensured its timeless desirability. The Caribbean continued in 1954, featuring newly styled headlamp rims, chrome trim on its hood scoop and lowered rear wheel housings. Other styling cues included two-tone paintwork, “Caribbean” script on the front fenders, and side moldings that swept off the belt line, slipping below the crest of the rear fenders into a distinctive, integrated taillight treatment. The prestigious Caribbean Convertible offered many standard features and amenities, including power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seat, dual heaters and defrosters, full rich leather interior, three-way radio with a power antenna, continental spare tire and five classic Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels. The outstanding 1954 Packard Caribbean Convertible presented here benefits from a body-on restoration that was completed in 2005, and remains in beautiful condition throughout. It is finished in a striking white with black color scheme, and has show-quality brightwork throughout. Finishing off this very attractive example is a new black cloth top and a Continental kit. The matching white and black interior features new leather upholstery and black carpeting, both of which are in excellent condition. The dash, having survived in very impressive condition was not restored, however some of the instrumentation was reconditioned. A column mounted shifter operates the two-speed Ultramatic Drive transmission, which was offered as standard equipment. The Caribbean also carries many optional features, including power steering, power brakes, power antenna, a four-way power driver's seat, and hydraulically-operated power windows. Other interior amenities include a radio, clock, defroster, and a heater with controls for both driver and passenger. The outstanding engine bay houses a powerful and reliable 359 cubic inch inline eight-cylinder engine, which like the rest of the car remains in show-quality and period correct condition, with the exception of some modern hoses. Accordingly, the undercarriage has been refinished in gloss black and remains quite presentable. This beautiful Packard Caribbean Convertible, recognized by the Milestone Car Society, was exhibited at the Concours on Rodeo shortly after completion of its restoration in 2005, and has been awarded multiple “best in class” honors as well. Representing one of a mere 400 examples produced in 1954, it continue to reflect the quality and style that only Packard could provide.