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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by Blue 15G View Post
    Seems odd that there's no chrome trim around the windshield moulding on a nice car like this. Unless there's something wrong with my eyes or my computer screen. Dave Bonn
    You're right, Dave. It's either missing or has been painted satin black. BP

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  • Blue 15G
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    Seems odd that there's no chrome trim around the windshield moulding on a nice car like this. Unless there's something wrong with my eyes or my computer screen.

    Dave Bonn
    '54 Champion Starliner

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  • TX Rebel
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    I recently acquired a '56 Clipper hardtop in good buildable cond. which I do not intend to keep, if anyone is interested.
    I don't have time to work on my 56 "400' so don't need the Clipper.

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  • StudeMann
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    Hmm...reminds me of a certain 56 Plymouth Belvedere I saw posted recently that reminded me of a mid-fifties Packard.

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  • studegary
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    Another related memory - We used to take one of my friend's Patricians when we went looking for engines because we could bring the engine home in the trunk. This was in the 1970s. I don't guess that many people would do that now. Not "everyone" had a pickup in those days. Also, very few have multiple Patricians now.

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  • BobPalma
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    You can here note the difference between the subject car (a Super Panama) and the more expensiveCustom Constellation:

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  • JRoberts
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    I love that car! A former member of our chapter had a two toned blue one. Unique in that it had a three speed overdrive transmission.
    Surprisingly enough he had a second one waiting to be restored that had the same set up. I really would have loved to have that car.

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  • JBOYLE
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    I still say it looks like a Merc or Lincoln.
    Pretty generic looking mid-50s car....

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  • deco_droid
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    Well, don't care for the car as a whole, but the Dagmars aren't bad...

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  • studegary
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    Whenever I see these, it reminds me of when a friend had six of these '55-'56 Packards. He stored one or more in my side yard. He was unable to sell them. We ended up driving them to the junkyard. I got used to seeing one about ten feet from my kitchen door, but not enough to save it.

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  • r1lark
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    I love those..............

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  • BobPalma
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    Very nice, Craig.

    That is the lower-priced of the two 1955 Clipper hardtops: a 1955 Clipper Super Panama. You can just barely see the Panama script below the left quarter side window.

    It will have the 320 cubic inch V8 engine and may have the regular coil/leaf spring suspension like any other 1951-1954 Packard. Or someone may have paid the extra money and ordered this car with the new-for-1955 Torsion-level suspension, which was optional at extra cost on Clipper Supers, both sedan and hardtop.

    The higher-priced 1955 Clipper Hardtop was the Custom Constellation. It would have a full-length rocker panel molding that extnded up and over the top of the rear wheel opening, and no fender skirts. The Constellation would also have the 352 cubic inch engine and Torsion-level suspension, which were standard equipment on the Constellation hardtop, as well as the Custom sedan. BP

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  • 8E45E
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    Craig
    Last edited by 8E45E; 06-29-2014, 07:21 PM.
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