1956 Packard Patrician 4 door V8... 378? from North America


Excellent and sad


Load leveling needed refurbishing.

General Comments:

Loved it. Bought in West Palm Beach. In 1969 I had driven the car to her Osterville, Cape Cod summer home. She gave me the car Xmas 1970. She had purchased a 1970 Lincoln Cont... It didn't have suicide doors that scared her like cars from her youth. Mrs Dupont was 80 in 1970. She was chauffeured all the time.

I drove the Patrician from Florida to Cape Cod a couple of times. Had to use leaded high test. It did not have A/C.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2015

13th Feb 2015, 13:48

That car has a 374 CID V8 with a 4 bbl carb & dual exhausts. 290 HP.

14th Feb 2015, 01:02

What's the "sad" part?

No A/C in FL?

15th Feb 2015, 01:54

We are talking about a 1956 car here. Back in those times, very few cars had A/C.

16th Jan 2024, 18:15

Sad that people rarely talk about cars this fondly anymore.

21st Jan 2024, 00:00

The car is sad because no one talks about cars this fondly any more? Apart from "loved it", there is nothing in this review to indicate any particular fondness.