St. John's

27 July 2013

From the Richard and Linda Kughn Collection

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Lot 110

1957 Packard Clipper Country Sedan

  • Chassis no. 57L-5701

Sold for $44,000


275 bhp, 289 cu. in. V-8 engine with McCulloch centrifugal supercharger, Stromberg two-barrel carburetor, Borg-Warner Flight-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116.5 in.

  • From the collection of Richard and Linda Kughn
  • One of 869 produced
  • Cosmetically restored in stunning colors
  • A factory-supercharged station wagon!


Packard’s all-new 1957 line was dubbed the Clipper. Essentially a heavily restyled Studebaker President heaped with standard comforts and conveniences on a 116.5-inch wheelbase chassis, it was offered only with a 289-cubic inch overhead-valve V-8 with a McCulloch centrifugal supercharger, designed to provide boost to the engine above 3,000 rpm. The result was a stout 275 horsepower at 4,800 rpm, which meant swift performance. In fact, the Clipper Country Sedan, a rather classy and well-equipped station wagon, was one of the fastest wagons of its era. Only 869 were built, however, as buyers of the day failed to appreciate the new South Bend-built Packards, which were, in the end result, really some of the finest “Studebakers” ever built.

The Country Sedan offered here was formerly part of the noted collections of Art Astor and Wayne Davis, and it was treated to a complete cosmetic restoration. The majority of the chrome and brightwork was refinished, while the glass appears to be original, and the body is extremely impressive, showing even alignment and a glass-like finish in White Gold and Parchment White. A roof rack, dual radio antennas, and wide whitewall tires with beautifully refinished wheel discs complete a stunning exterior package.

The handsome interior is upholstered in gold leather with black and white gold-threaded cloth inserts, remaining in very good condition, and is complemented by very nice gold carpeting. The unique dashboard was partially restored and has a recently replaced gold dash pad. Options include power steering, power brakes, and a power driver’s seat, while creature comforts include a radio, clock, heater, and defroster. In addition, the interior has been retrofitted with an accessory boost gauge and an oil pressure gauge, to monitor the supercharged engine. The engine and bay have a very nice, detailed appearance, while the undercarriage maintains a very clean, unrestored appearance.

Station wagons of the 1950s represent a booming and popular corner of the collectible car market, and this rare survivor of a one-year-only design represents an idea that few others had: a genuine factory-supercharged station wagon with style and luxury to spare. It would surely attract the most attention at local cruises and shows, or it would be the most unique family car on any tour. Over half a century after it was built, the Packard Clipper Country Sedan remains unique and special.

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