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Packard Balboa Concept
aka Packard Caribbean
Introduction 1953
Class Concept Car
Body Style 2-Door Hardtop
Length 220 9/32 in
Width Width - type here
Height Height - type here
Wheelbase 122 in
Weight Weight - you get the point
Transmission transmission + drive
Engine 327 c.i. Straight Eight
Power 180 hp @ 4,000 rpm
N/A lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
Similar similar (competition)
Designer Richard A. Teague

The 1953 Packard Balboa-X, as it was officially called, was a hardtop based on the Packard Caribbean convertible. The main point of interest on the car was the canopy-style C-pillar. Caribbeans never recieved a hardtop like the Balboa's, but they got a conventional one (covered with Hypalon) in 1956.

Drivetrain of the Balboa-X was stock Caribbean with a 327 c.i. Straight Eight that was distinguished from lesser Clippers Deluxe's engine by hydraulic valve train adjustment, and from the more expensive Patrician 327 by 5 instead of 9 main bearings.

See Wikicars' comprehensive Packard Balboa Concept Review.


Unique Attributes

The rear window had a reverse-slope and could be lowered for draft-free ventilation and a rear view without optical distortion. Further, the rear shelf was omitted for reasons of safety (loose articles in case of an accident), a modern attempt at the time. The Packard Predictor show car of 1956 also featured an opening, reverse angled rear window. Some years later, Mercury stuck on the idea and offered some models with a similar rear window treatment.


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Design quirks and oddities

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D.S.C. Gold Medal for Design, Safety and Comfort by Fawcett Publications; Automobile-, Design- and Lifestyle Magazine

See Also

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Studebaker-Packard Corporation

Clipper | Packard | Studebaker | Ultramatic


200 · 300 · Caribbean · Cavalier · Clipper · Clipper Constellation · Eight · Light Eight · Super Eight · Executive · Four Hundred · Hawk · One-Eighty · One-Ten · One-Twenty · Patrician · Packard Six · Twin Six/Twelve · Station Sedan · Studebaker based Packards

Concept Models

Balboa-X · Pan American · Panther · Predictor · Request · Special Speedster

One-Off Customs

Brown Bomber · El Paso · Pacifica · Parisian ·

Howard Darrin · James J. Nance · James Ward Packard · William Dowd Packard · George T. Christopher · Hugh Ferry · Alvan Macauley · Edward Macauley · Jesse Vincent · Richard Teague · John Reinhart

James Ward Packard and William Dowd Packard None; Defunct A division of the Studebaker-Packard Corporation

External Links

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  • Kimes, Beverly Rae; Editor: Packard, A History of the Motor Car and the Company - General edition - (1978) Automobile Quarterly, ISBN 0-915038-11-0
  • Dawes, Nathaniel D.: The Packard: 1942-1962 (1975), ISBN 0-498-01353-7

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