1955 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible
In 1955, the Native American head design was to see its last
hurrah. In order to appeal to youthful consumers looking for
affordable performance vehicles, the old-fashioned Native American
profile was replaced with a subtler, elegant emblem: a
downward-facing, red arrowhead known as the "Dart" on the 1957
models. Before the 1950s, the Pontiac did flaunt many Native
American names and iconography in its lineup.
For consignment, a time capsule if you will in the form of a 1955
Pontiac Star Chief. This car has been restored and sports nice
paint, chrome aplenty, and it's a convertible. Looking at the
updated engine bay which gleams and sparkles, and the 50's styled
interior we are firmly landed on the mid 1950's
Draped in deep end of the pool aqua and sporting chrome stars for
the front quarters and a hockey stick shaped belt line spear in
shiny stainless. This spear melts into the rounded over finned
quarter panel toppers this car drips 50's design. Behind the rear
wheel wells is a vertical ribbed shiny stainless panel which
creates a background for the bumper curve around. Complete with
round taillights and a curving up and down bumper a single exhaust
exits on the passenger's side. The long and tall trunkline has a
large inverted V and P O N T I A C just below. Lest we forget the
large and in charge front bumper and grille combination with some
teeth showing just behind another up and down design which curves
around the front quarters. On top of the hood is the flying chief
which is made up of a mixture of yellow bakelite and chrome.
Interestingly, the headlights on either side have a crescent chrome
trimmed bump up just above them, and also seen is a ribbed polished
stainless stripe flanking either side of the flying chief. Shiny
and beautiful 15-inch chromed wire wheels are encircled by wide
white rubber all around. The tan canvas top is an easy operating
convertible and has a clear rear plastic window. Also, the coolest
V8 logo badges are attached, check those out they appear as
A swing of the door and what to my wandering eyes does appear but
original looking but new door panels in green vinyl and cream
horizontal tuck and roll uppers. A large chrome spear makes the
panel for the armrest and all shiny knobs, and the door actuator
are seen. Moving to the seats more of the door motif shows up in
green bolsters and bottoms and cream tuck and roll inserts. Green
piping delineates the two sections of vinyl, and these front split
back and rear full benches appear as new. So does the cream tonneau
cover for the top when it's down. Looking towards the dash we see a
full on metal aqua painted top and dash front. It has plenty of
shiny trimmings throughout for the fan shaped speedo and several
round gauges which also pepper the dash front. The original radio
is in and looking like new as is the steering wheel fronting the
dash. Handing below just above the green carpeting is Vintage A/C,
and the toe kick interior panels have a lineup of small LED lights
lighting the way. On the subject of no stone left unturned even the
trunk had been painstakingly lined with the 2-tone vinyl and has a
green carpeted floor.
Under the large hood the hits just keep on coming with a fully
restored and highly detailed 287ci Pontiac Strato-Streak V8. It has
a 2-barrel carburetor on top and a 4-speed Hydra-matic automatic
transmission. The rear axle is 3.23 gear ratio. Note this engine
has a new radiator with an electric fan, and all bolt on parts for
this mill are very clean.
A frame off job sporting aqua floor pans and shiny rust-free black
framing and undercarriage suspension and pumpkin. The X frame is
near showroom and not even road dirt on this one! Independent coil
springs are on the front and leaf springs for the rear, along with
power drum braking all around. More beautiful presentation.
This mid 50's beauty fires right up and runs very smoothly. It
drives beautifully and has good acceleration and handling. The
interior is very comfy and the top moves up and down very smoothly.
A/C blows cold.
So if you are in the market for something other than a Tri-Five
bowtie, but still bleeds drive in styling and has plenty of nice
chrome, even to excess, then look no further because it's right
here. Just look for the smoke signals, and they do not come from
this car's exhaust!
L-Linden, NJ Assy Plant
3130-Sequential Unit Number
STYLE NO 55 2867DTY-1955 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible
BODY NO L654-Lansing Body #
TRIM NO 287-Light Blue & Ivory Imitation Leather
PAINT NO 5508-Marietta Blue
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.