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1953 Packard Cavalier


Packard produced its Cavalier model for only three years
Packard produced its Cavalier model for only three years

Pick of the Day is a 1953 Packard Cavalier offered with only 71,831 miles since new, and with its exterior in original condition.

“During the mid-1950s, Packard needed to reinforce its identity as a premium luxury car manufacturer in the face of challenges from the Big Three,” the private seller from Trabuco Canyon, California, writes in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com. “With the ever newer car designs of the decade, the visual distinctions that had defined Packard were disappearing, interior luxury and performance were harder to express, and Packard management was regretting its decision to produce the entry-level Clipper series.


“For 1953, Packard replaced the mid-line 300 series with the new Cavalier line, including a four-door Cavalier sedan. The Cavalier offered a richer interior and more powerful engine than the Clipper, but was outwardly very similar. A unique chrome side spear identified the Cavalier immediately – starting above the front wheel arch, a short spear bridged the distance to the front door gap, while a diagonal dropped along the wheel arch from the center of the short spear, and then created a horizontal spear all the way to the back of the car at the belt-line.”

Today’s Pick is a Cavalier that has a restored interior equipped with its working factory-optional air conditioning, the seller notes; a/c, the ad says, was a $625 option for 1953, the first year of its availability since 1942.







The seller notes that the 327 cid engine produces 180 horsepower, 20 more than the same-size Clipper powerplant, thanks in large part to the Cavalier’s four-barrel carburetor. Like most Cavaliers, this one has the optional Ultramatic automatic transmission.

The seller also points out that while Packard produced nearly 10,800 sedans for the 1953 model year, only 2,580 were Cavaliers, a model eliminated in 1955 after Packard became part of Studebaker.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
  1. This car does not have factory A/C, which used a different compressor and had air scoops on the rear fenders. It is an aftermarket, possibly dealer-installed, unit.

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