This 1957 Packard Clipper Country Sedan might be one of the rarest station wagons we have ever featured. Shortly after being purchased by Studebaker, Packard’s sales plummeted and it wasn’t long before the company had to close. In 1957 the company produced around four thousand cars in total and only a fraction were wagons. This one has been the part of an enthusiast’s collection for many years, but is now for sale here on eBay.
Being a Packard meant that this car had to have ample power and offer plenty of features. To give it extra power, the company decided to strap a McCulloch Supercharger to Studebaker’s 289 cui V8. To ensure the wagon was easy to drive, the blower only engaged after the engine hit 3000 rpm. Power was sent to the rear wheels via a Flite-O-Matic Automatic or a column shifted three speed manual with overdrive. This wagon is one of the few to receive the rare manual transmission.
As you can see this car is in rough shape and is going to need a considerable amount of work. Rust is an issue on this wagon, as is the fact that the original 289 has been swapped for a 259 cui V8, but thankfully the seller has another one of these 1957 Clipper Country wagons for sale that has all the parts this one needs. The other car was part of the same collection and can be found here on eBay.
This car doesn’t have the rare manual transmission, but the body is in much better shape. It has dents, dings, and some surface rust, but nothing as serious as the other car. While it still has its original engine, it is missing its supercharger and air intake assembly.
This car could be restored or if one had the funds they could buy both cars and use this one as a donor. It would be sad to see this car parted out, as there were only 869 wagons built, but then again there can’t be more than 80 that came from the factory with the manual transmission. If they both go cheaply enough, one could buy and restore both of them!