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    1953 Packard Convertible – Astor Devotion Collection

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    Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 17th – 19th, 2017 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.

    Los Angeles Broadcasting Pioneer Art Astor was a man known for many things. A dedicated businessman, loving father and grandfather and first rate soldier, Art was also known for his incredible devotion to the automobile.

    Russo and Steele is proud to present in Monterey, California the last remaining automobiles in Art Astor’s legendary collection. The Devotion Collection features the cars truly closest to Art’s heart. These fourteen remaining offerings are vehicles that Art felt so passionately about that he kept them the closest to him, through the end of his life and include prime examples of Pre and Post War American Classics, American Luxury Cars and European Sports Cars.

    The striking 1953 Packard Caribbean Custom Convertible was based on the Pan American show car and did not appear until mid-year. it was priced at an impressive $5210. Only 750 left dealer showrooms. It was powered by an 327 cubic inch I-8 motor that produced 180 horsepower. This example has been restored to a high standard and presents well. The yellow paint is impressive and is in excellent condition with just minor swirls noted. The red leather interior is in good order and the dash plastic is not scratched or chipped. It is fitted with a two-speed automatic transmission and optional radio. It has chrome plated wire wheels and enlarged wheel openings with a flared lip. It has a full-width front scoop. An impressive car that was the height of luxury in the era.



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