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1951 Packard Patrician 400

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59,000 original miles... Very nice older Black repaint excellent condition with correct Tan cloth interior... Excellent original condition...

Just arrived, this top of the line Packard from 1951 is an outstanding example of the best luxury cars of the era. Packard has always been known as a premium American brand and this car confirms the quality of their cars...

This Packard has a 1953/54 grill. We do not know why and are trying to source the proper 1951 grill. Thanks for all the experts that let me know...

This beautiful original condition car was sold new Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1951 and remained with the original owner for over fifty years. Pennsylvania Owner #2 purchased the car about eleven years ago and continued its good care until sold to Owner #3 in 2012 and brought to Florida. With only 59K miles over the last 63 years, it remains an outstanding example of this iconic brand.

In 1951 and 1952, the automaker attempted to use a numeric naming structure that designated Packard's least expensive models as Packard 200 and 200 Deluxe while two-door hardtop and convertibles were designated Packard 250 and its mid-range sedan the Packard 300.

The highest trim level available was the Packard Patrician 400. The Patrician 400 replaced the previous model year's Custom 8 model range. The car was easily identified from other Packards by its chrome trim; in 1951 the model featured three chrome ports on its rear fenders and in 1952 the car featured four chrome ports. Patricians and 300s also sported a slightly revised grille which included chrome "teeth" in its oval area in 1951.

The Patrician 400 was available only as a premium, four-door sedan, outfitted with high-grade upholstery and chrome trimming within. With a list price of $3,662 it also was the most expensive regular Packard offered. The automobile rode upon a 127-inch (3226 mm) wheelbase shared only with the 300 sedan. All other Packards had a wheelbase of 122 inches (3099 mm).

Power for all Packards still came from their venerable in-line eight cylinder engines. 200s used a 288 cu in unit with 135 HP ; all others had a displacement of 327 cu in, delivering 150 HP . The Patrician got the best engine Packard had to offer, too. For unequaled smooth operation, its engine featured nine main bearings instead of five as in the other engines without increase in power.

Original 327 cubic inch straight eight engine rebuilt factory automatic transmission

This car has had a very nice older repaint in excellent condition. Correct Tan cloth interior in exceptional condition, original carpet, headliner and dash. All original gauges in excellent condition.

Very nice all original chrome and stainless trim throughout.


  • 100% straight, rust & accident free sheet metal
  • Very nice repaint in factory Black
  •  Excellent Tan cloth, door panels and dash
  •  Excellent chrome and soft trim throughout
  •  Original 327 cubic inch straight eight
  • Rebuilt factory automatic transmission
  •  Original AM radio and speaker – factory clock
  •  Factory wheel covers and newer white wall tires