What carries the same iconic silhouette of a Chevy Nomad but far
more rare? The Pontiac Star Chief Safari. This 1955 model
represents a turning point at Pontiac where they went for a more
sporting image. It's presented perfectly where the iconic
coupe/wagon hides a big block heart.
You know these are rare, but did you realize there were only 3,760 produced... and that was over 60 years ago. So you can understand how special it is to find a '55 Star Chief Safari in this condition today. The turquoise paint gives it a classic Art Deco era appearance, and while the black coordinates in color and shine, it also hints at this car's more aggressive nature (and those modern Riddler wheels tell you there's something special here, too!) Plus, everywhere there is a separation of these two tones is a line of great bright trim. The curvaceous sheetmetal remains in great shape with good gaps and doors that close with reassuring solidity. There was likely a small fortune spent at the re-chromer because everything from the unique front bumper design, to the iconic "silver streak" hood, to the fender skirts, to the rear slats has that great all-American shine. Even the Indian Chief hood ornament got a more jet-age makeover, and looks amazing pointing the way on this Safari.
One glance inside will convince you that someone really invested heavily in this classic. The two-tone interior matches the exterior colors, and both rows of seats have a fantastic tuck and roll insert. The overall appearance matches quite nicely on the door panels, carpeting, and dash for a true uniform appearance everyone loves at car shows. You get the retro-cool steering wheel with the Chief logo and shiny inner-ring. That brightwork matches nicely with the dash that looks fantastically original. But you can also spot some nice upgrades for everyday driving, like the AM/FM/CD stereo and provisions for air conditioning.
On most cars from this era you'll get a bit of a void when you lift the hood where you can see straight down to the road. Instead, this custom-built Pontiac take advantage of that extra space. When you pop the hood, you'll see an engine bay stuffed full of big block power. The Throttle Body Injected 454 cubic-inch V8 has a sinister-like appearance in all black that matches the engine bay and the rest of this car's accent color. So you'll love showing off the beastly heart at car shows. But this special Pontiac was built to drive, too. One twist of the key, and the V8 heart announces its power to the world via the burly dual exhaust. And with a TH400 three-speed automatic transmission, power steering, and front disc brakes, you can easily bring this rumble to every car show and cruise-in you like.
We've told you all the great details on this one, but you already wanted it the moment you realized how rare this 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Safari really is. So you also know this is a case of call today or regret it tomorrow!