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1956 Packard 400

Hardtop
Mecum exceeds $200M in Kissimmee
Thursday, 6 January - Sunday, 16 January
$52,800
Sale Price
$30,000 - $40,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
13 January 2022
Sold Date
T256
Lot Number
#3+
Visually maintained, largely original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 56873040. Gold and white over golf cloth and black and white leather. 374/290hp V-8, pushbutton automatic, WonderBar radio, power windows and seat, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, skirts, dual rear antennas, power brakes and steering.

Evaluation: Good older paint, chrome and original upholstery. Represented as 6114 miles and nothing about the car contradicts that claim. It has been impressively maintained and cared for throughout its life, a true survivor.

Bottom Line: This Packard 400 has an extended auction history of superior results reflecting its preservation more than anything else. It was sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2010 for $41,800, then at Auburn Fall in 2016 for $46,000. It is impressive that it brought this much here, but it’s only a further step in its history of preservation and value but somewhat surprising that its quality and preservation were noted and valued here at Kissimmee.

by Rick Carey
22 January 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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