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1954 Packard Super Clipper Black Plate TIME CAPSULE CAR

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1954 Packard Super Clipper Black Plate TIME CAPSULE CAR for sale

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1954 Packard super clipper for sale

Original California black plate



72K Mile Original Unmolested Show Survivor

State of California Show Car

Quality Period Correct Paint


Rebuilt Matching Numbers Eng. . Trans. Rear. Carb


VIN # M317877H


Show/Driver #2+ Condition


Shelltone Ivory&Pink

Gray blue Interior (wool)



Engine Transmission Rear Carburetor


Rebuilt Original Straight 8 Ultramatic


327 cu. In. Straight 8

Carter AFB two-barrel


Rebuilt Orig Ultramatic automatic 



Options Include


Power Brakes

Power Steering

E-Z-Eye Glass

Super Deluxe Radio


Restoration Highlights


Paint – Fully Stripped to Metal (Sand Blast )

Period Correct Enamel done in 1995

(Garaged every day since repaint)


Original Chromes restored 9 out of 10

All Orig Exterior Moldings. Clips & Stoppers

All Orig Emblems. Markers & Lenses restored

9 out of 10

All Original Glass (see pics)


Complete New Exhaust System


Complete Brake System 

Shoes. Wheel Cylinders. aster cylinder. Turned Drums. power-booster


Engine Rebuild and Repaint

Valve Job and Complete Engine Gasket Kit Reseal

Sand Blast Valve Covers and Manifold

Engine Removed from Car

(See pictures)

Sand Blast  Engine Bay & Repaint

(See pictures)


Transmission Rebuilt


 (All work performed late 1995. less than 2000 miles since)


Recent repairs

New power steering pump

New Steering Box

New all breaks

New all break cylinders

New Master cylinder

New radiator

New freeze plugs

New fuel pump

VIN  # M317877H

VIN Decode: C83604


Body Plate Decode: 54. 32  7308

 Trim: Gray Cloth

CCShelltone Ivory


Three Owner History and Documentation:


Mr. Robert &Sandra Maynes – San Diego California (us marine corp)


Purchased on 11-19-1954 from San Diego California


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****The gorgeous Original Packard super clipper is an absolutely wonderful blend of Survivor and fully Restoration type of vehicle.   My favorite part of this car is EVERYTHING. meaning. everything matches.   I would call this vehicle a #2 car only because it has the restored original interior in it and has a very nice period correct paint job. that is older. but extremely nice. Just like this vehicle would have looked from the factory.   As a Survivor with a paint job and light restoration. this car would be a #1 car.  


   The Original Owner from 1954 to 1999 was Robert &Sandra Maynes – San Diego California Mr. Maynes was 24 (us marine) at the time he bought the car.  

-john amberg trust San Diego California

-Steller's family San Diego California


This vehicle has always been adorned by all three of its owners; all three being avid Packard Collectors.   The “fully” restored car was near pristine in all areas and only needed some brightening to keep it in show condition.  


Body & Paint


The Body on this vehicle is simply PRISTINE. some defects and absolutely perfectly straight.   Every body panel on this 54 Packard came with it from the factory. beyond question.   It is one of the most straight original low mileage cars I have ever examined.   The original sheet metal is simply perfect. It is my belief that this car has never been “tapped” in its life.   I do not think it is ever had as much as a ding in it. The doors. hood and trunk gaps are all factory perfect.   You could take a feeler gauge to this machine and measure the quality that Packard had back in the early 50's. The quality of these cars will notably go down as the high water mark in American Automotive history.  


The paint was done in 1995 and was stripped to bare metal from what I can tell.   The door jams were done.   The paint is very period looking. as though you are looking at the original paint.   On first inspection I really thought the paint was original. but the owner knew it was repainted and in a couple of small areas I see only micron amounts of overspray on the New weather stripping. which is in very good and supple condition.  


The paint on this car is very nice and could be taken to a higher level of mirror-like finish if color sanded and buffed up.   It is high quality paint and there is a lot there. There are some small specks of rust from the paint that would surely disappear if you wanted them to.   I doubt that even a buffer has ever hit this thing since 1950. I would be willing to guess that this car came right out of the spray both and has literally never seen anything but a little water and some occasional wax.   It looks fabulous. but again. could look even better if that is what you like.   Personally. I wouldn't touch it!!! 


The Chrome and Stainless trim is all and in gorgeous condition.   It is all a 9 to 9+ out of 10.   The Stainless has zero dings in it.   The Emblems are all original and fantastic.   Reproduction emblems just do not have the heavier consistent chrome look of the original; they look tinny and cheap.


Glass looks to be all original to me and is in wonderful condition. I took pictures of all the glass with the original stamping on each piece.  


If I were going to do anything to the car I might detail out the trunk to match the rich quality of the rest of the car.   Actually I wouldn't. because I like it just like it is. and I rarely show a car.   Check out the pictures for yourself. I happen to LOVE the patina in the trunk.  





the Interior had been completely replaced in original type factory materials.   The interior is 100% restored  and absolutely 9. 5 out of 10.   The three-tone combination wool broadcloth seats are beautiful. as is the Headliner. the Door Panels  Perfect is a word I don't like to throw around lightly. but I would call this interior “perfect”. and for a survivor perfect isn't good enough.  


Check out the original lettering in the glass on the Vanity Mirrors on the Visors. beyond cool. All the Chrome is in like new condition.   The seats are firm and comfortable.   The Carpet is 7 out of 10 and has some minor wear.  

Make sure you check out the pristine condition of the wiring under the dash board.   This car sat in a garage with the windows up and a cover over probably most of its life.  





Classic! 288 Straight Eight Flathead. Ultramatic Trans. Power Brakes. Power Steering Heater & Defrost. External Oil Filter. AM Radio. Fender Skirts and More! Only 1912 Built That Year 72000 original mile .

Engine/Transmission was rebuilt on the original engine and transmission in late1995. completed the engine restore.   This is the ORIGINAL DRIVETRAIN that came from Kansas with the car.  

**New power steering pump New Steering Box New all breaks New all break cylinders New Master cylinder New radiator New freeze plugs New complete tune up New fuel pump New tires. completed Dec 2015 (at 72500 mile)

The car runs smooth and powerful with the addition of a wonderful tone emanating from the complete new exhaust system.   Additionally the car drives straight down the road as the new front end and suspension components lend the car that new car ride and feel.   The ride quality is amazing. it simply floats down the road like only these big early 50‘s Packard cars do. You will not find fault with this car mechanically in any way. small oil leak from oil pan gasket.


The original wheels and hubcaps adorn the four corners along with a brand new set of Coker Classic Tires.  




The undercarriage is tidy. clean and rust free.   When the engine and engine bay was restored it was cleaned and some pieces were repainted. The car has only been driven about 1000 miles since so the underside is in great shape. The floor pans and trunk area are all original and totally rust free.  


This is a very nice #2 or #2+ Show/Driver type of car for a mostly Survivor Example.   The original owner loved to show this car during the 70's and 80's and basically it has only come up to a higher show level since then.   If you are in the Southern California area please feel free to arrange for a test drive before the auction ends.  


The reserve is set very reasonably.


If I can answer any other questions please feel free to call me at any time.


Kevin. 714 402 4548



The car is for sale locally and we reserve the right to cancel this auction at any time before the end of the auction.   We do not have a Buy It Now Price listed.

The car will be made available for inspection by serious bidders throughout the auction. Please e-mail us if you would like to see the car. If you prefer. we can arrange to have a qualified. independent. professional mechanic perform a pre-purchase inspection for you (at your expense).


 Winning bidder must contact us within 24 hours of auction end. and make arrangements for payment at that time. A $500. 00 deposit is due within 48 hours of end of auction. The deposit can be made by cash (please do not mail cash!). bank check. cashier's check. or bank transfer (preferred). The remainder is due within 10 days of Auction end. The remaining balance must be made in the form of a bank transfer (preferred) Cashier's check. or bank check (all forms of payment subject to verification). PayPal will not be accepted as a form of payment for either the deposit or the final payment. If no contact is made within 24 hours we reserve the right to re-list the vehicle. sell it to the next high bidder. or sell it otherwise. Please arrange financing prior to bidding. Once the final balance has been paid. title transfer paperwork will be initiated.  

 Buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping of this vehicle. If you wish to have it shipped using a service. we will gladly cooperate. you can locate shippers by doing a search for “auto shippers”.   We have relationships with both domestic and international shippers should you need some assistance.  

This vehicle is being sold as is. where is with no warranty. expressed written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description. authenticity. genuineness. or defects herein. and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness. imperfection. defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to purchase based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle.   Please Check My Feedback- I value my 100% positive rating. and will do my best to keep it.

The winning bidder should have the car insured from the time the final payment is made to us. Once final payment is made. we will exercise a generally accepted standard of care. but the buyer assumes all liability and risk once the final payment is made.  

 Before delivery of the vehicle. the winning bidder must provide a photocopy of a valid driver's license. Delivery is defined as the time at which physical possession of the car is transferred from us. the seller. to the buyer or the buyers' agent or chosen Transport Company.  

 If you are not sure about something. Please ASK. Do not assume anything not listed is included. We reserve the right to cancel bids for excessive negative feedback. We reserve the right to end the listing if the vehicle is no longer available for sale.  

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