For Sale: 1957 Pontiac Chieftain in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1957 Pontiac Chieftain Hardtop

Known as the Tri-Five years in Chevrolet parlance, the 1955-57 Pontiac Chieftains were similarly styled and engineered, even receiving their first V-8 engine in the 1955 model year. They were revolutionary for Pontiac, and it was obvious that the division was beginning to shed its turgid image of a solid, dependable car often preferred by elderly motorists. Streamlining and star lighting was beginning to emerge from Pontiac design, as was a healthy interest in performance, all appealing to younger buyers who might appreciate blending a little space race and road race.

For consignment, an earlier frame off restoration that still retains its allure and mystique. It has a rebuilt 347ci factory engine, a like new interior, wonderful Tartan Red paint, and styling which is somewhat space age and tri-five influenced mixture.

Buick has a way to utilize chrome trimmings like none other and it's used in what I like to call tasteful excess. This is evident on the front bumper leaving the viewer with the impression their car has "arrived", (like the debutante descending gracefully down the steps.)! Here we see a shaver rounded styled central vertical ribbed monstrous grillewith even more large round jet engine like solid chromed "Dagmars" on either side. Below is a wide bumper housing the oval turn signals and wrapping around the front quarters. An upper lip completes the smile for the grille and just above the hood with its inverted chrome V and central round Buick badge on front. The headlights are within burgundy bezels and appear as frenched, but this was the original design. The front quarter tops have a touch of space age rocket like trimmings on their top edge and this moves back to the curved around windshield. A black painted roofline also uses a rear wraparound glass. Windows have chrome trimmings for their edges aplenty. Below, laser straight rust free steel bathed in the Tartan Red with well minded gaps use a black ever widening trim spear to add a touch of interest, texture and stars. The back of the car is pure tri-five 57 form, with the large V shaped fins with the oval tail lighting in the centers, a split bumper with more jet engine "Dagmars" and dual exiting shiny exhaust tips below. Another inverted V with Buick round badge is on the back of the trunk rolling down to the rear bumper. 17-inch Rev 5 spoked wheels are on all 4 corners and looking sporty.

The nifty 50's styling continues with he black and white vinyl interior starting with the door panels which use the color combination very effectively. Inside black carpeting lays the foundation for the two toned black and white benches and these are made up of fuzzy black broadcloth insert tuck and roll panels for the seats and half backs, then white vinyl takes over for the tops and backs as well as a central stripe in the mid section. Black piping is present and front and back cushions are nice and matchy matchy. The dash also utilizes the black and white motif, throwing in some extra chrome for the instrument bezels, and an aluminum oval plate for the instrument section of the dash front. The top and bottom are black metal. A tight whitey headliner is floating above all this menagerie.

Under the hood, the factory sky blue painted 347ci V8 is stuffed inside, and has been completely rebuilt by the noted restoration shop Treasured Motor Cars. It is looking fab! On top is a 2-barrel carburetor and on back is a Strato-Flight 4-speed automatic transmission in Hydramatic form. 3.23 gears are within the rear axle. All clean, all clear under here!

When you purchase this car you will also need to run out and buy a mirror to show off the underside which is fully restored, nicely painted red and jet black rust free X framing. A clean dual exhaust is snapping its way rearward, and I note front coil spring suspension, and rear leaf springs. Drum braking is attached to all 4 corners.

These late 50's cars are always a hoot to drive and this one did not let me know. With a smooth suspension and ride, nice powerful acceleration and good solid bias free panic stopping are all the rage with this car's drive-ability, and all in perfect working condition.

Not your grandfather's Buick anymore with its kewl styling, neat fins and big chrome. How can you go wrong? Red and black with black and white two tone, it will not get any more retro 50's from this point. We are about to go for a space age intro ride!


P-Pontiac, MI Assy Plant
87468-Sequential Unit Number

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 850 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 and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1957 Pontiac Chieftain
  • Listing ID: CC-1675689
  • Price: $69,000
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1957
  • Make:Pontiac
  • Model:Chieftain
  • Exterior Color:Tartan Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:99999
  • Stock Number:4795
  • VIN:P757H87468
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Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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