The great new 1954
Packard is the result of an idea - an idea born in Detroit just a
short time ago-that Packard could rightfully achieve a new high
place in the fine-cat+' field.
Backed by Packard's 55-year-old
tradition of quality and its historic reCord of highest excellence
and superb craftsmanship, a new management determined that
Packard, by the most modern methods, could logically become
America's New Choice In Fine Cars.
That was the beginning of
the New Packard Program, which is making big news in the industry.
The results of that program speak for themselves, and during 1953
thousands of fine-car owners changed to Packard.
important point is this: This story and the New Packard Program
reach their climax with the introduction of the 1954 line of seven
great new Packard cars.
Here are cars which are the finest
examples of Packard's ability to produce fine cars . . . the
greatest of a long line of superb cars produced by Packard.
cars are designed for men and women who do not like to follow the
crowd. They are fine, proud and distinguished -in looks and
Their individuality stems in part from the fact
that they are in the custom-built tradition-as closely tailored to
the discriminating owner's choice as scores of combinations of
optional features, colors and interiors can make them. The car you
choose is your car, different from any other on the road.
Brakes, Ultramatic automatic transmission and Power Steering are
standard on Patrician, Pacific, Convertible and Caribbean and are
available at extra cost on all other models. Caribbean is also
equipped with hydraulic windows, 4-way power front seat, dual
heater and defroster, 3-way radio and electric antenna, windscreen
washer and white sidewall tires as a standard.
merged with Studebaker forming Studebaker-Packard Corporation.
great new 212-H.P. engine is entirely new – with a new
four-barrel carburetor, new type combustion chamber and the
heaviest crankshaft in the industry. Its 8.7 to 1 compression
ratio is the highest of any stock car in the world.Its
359-cubic-inch displacement means 8½ % more "breathing
capacity" – greater economy and smoother operation.
Nine main bearings, an exclusive feature of this engine, dampen
vibration, prolong engine life.
In two great Packard-built
engines, the brilliant new Packard CLIPPER line for 1954 offers
you far more power and performance than you'll ever need!
advantages that you enjoy with either the new Packard CLIPPER
165-h.p. engine or the improved 150-h.p. Engine is a desgin that
has up to 25% fewer working parts than other engines of comparable
power. With less wear and fewer complicated parts to require
attention, the Packard-built CLIPPER engines not only give you
brilliant ranges of performance but stay young longer and cost
less for maintenance. High compression and high torque contribute
to greater power and economy.
Cavalier, Pacific and
||8 cyl., L-head
|8 cyl., L-head
||4 Door Sedan
||2 Door Hardtop Coupé
||2 Door Convertible
Grey Wolf II
Grey Wolf II was completed in 1954, using the 127-inch wheelbase
Cavalier chassis and the metal floorpan common to all Packards of
that year. It
was originally to be called "Grey Wolf II," after
Packard’s famed 1903 race car. But upper management didn’t
like the name’s connotation, so "Panther" was
To lend its massive "sports car"
some performance credentials, Packard gave the Panther a 359-cubic
inch straight eight, the biggest engine available. The first two
cars got McCulloch centrifugal superchargers, boosting the
engine’s output to 275 horsepower. Panther Number 2 went
131.1 mph at Daytona Beach, Florida, an unofficial class reCord.
Four Panthers were made, all of them essentially hand-built
Grey Wolf II
Grey Wolf II
Panther silver grey plastic roadster of immense length (18ft) on
the 122in wheelbase Clipper chassis presented at New York Motor