Pontiac's Safari line of station wagons were launched in 1955 as two door Sport Wagons that shared the same platform as the Chevy Nomad and incorporated top of the line Star Chief styling elements. The two door Safaris were produced for three model years, 1955-1957, limited to the storied Tri Five era. During its short life, engine displacement grew each production year from 287 to 316 and finally to 347 cubic inch. Total production was less than 10,000 with the big finned '57 representing a mere 1,292 units.
Finished in Fontaine Blue and Kenya White, this high trim Star Chief is equipped with the rare Tri Power version of the 347, and was rated at over 315 horsepower. Dressier than the Nomad, this Safari sports power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning and a WonderBar AM radio. Two tone blue and white interior matches the exterior with stunning details throughout. The car was the subject of a no expense spared fully documented frame off, nut and bolt restoration with a commitment to originality.
This car runs and drives flawlessly and everything from the front fender mounted light adornments to the automatic scanning WonderBar radio is in perfect working order. Included are a pristine set of factory "spinner" hubcaps (not shown), owners manual, tools, spare tire and a wonderfull set of Pontiac option and color code catalogs that are collectible in their own right.
Safari wagons continued on beyond 1957, but only as four doors. The lower priced Nomad may be the better known GM Sport Wagon, as they built more than twice as many and became popular among hot rodders who routinely modified their engines, perhaps in an effort to keep up with the likes of Pontiacs Tri Power 347. Aside from greater performance, what the Safari Star Chief offered that a Nomad did not have was a higher level of luxury, creature comforts and exclusivity.
This Safari Sport Wagon is located in Thorndale, Texas and is offered as is where is. This is a near concours level example, shown by appointment only. Low ballers, scammers and sales assistants need not apply. More pics and restoration details available upon request. Trades considered; no bikes, boats or planes please. Call, text or reply.