Fans of Pontiacs and American motoring history want to take note of this car. The 1955 Pontiacs like this Chieftain hardtop coupe had a new V8 and new styling that was a turning point for the company. So when you find a restored example that retains its nicely coordinated factory color combo, a larger version of the revolutionary V8, and it's all at a value price... it's time act quickly.
The Chieftain was the entry-level Pontiac in 1955, but it looks anything but basic. The unique front bumper design and iconic "silver streak" hood give this plenty of distinction without losing the all-American '50s style. Add in lots more trim, a flashy hardtop profile, and enough familiar DNA to make it a handsome alternative to the more common Chevy. You can tell there has been some investment that has gone into this significant Pontiac over the years. The turquoise is correct for this car, and it has the kind of smoothness and shine that comes from a modern respray. It's also now joined by a terrific white that separates alone the trim line. The curvaceous sheetmetal remains in great shape with good gaps and doors that close with reassuring solidity. These Pontiacs were starting on their journey to becoming GM's performance brand, and so this coupe hints at that with the addition of 15-inch Cragar SS wheels.
One glance inside will convince you that someone really spent some time a few years ago coordinating the restoration on this coupe. The turquoise and white two-tone from the outside is masterfully continued on the interior. This combo looks fantastic on the button-top seats, which tells us a there was a serious investment here. The overall appearance matches quite nicely on the door panels, carpeting, and dash, for a true uniform appearance everyone loves at car shows. Pontiac's gauge package was one of the most handsome of the day with nice symmetry and a half-circle speedometer prominently mounted in the middle. The amount of the brightwork on the dash means upgrades like the AM/FM/cassette player and trio of auxiliary gauges do a fine job of blending in with this largely original interior.
More of what makes this Pontiac great is under the hood. 1955 was the first year of the new OHV built by Pontiac for Pontiac, and this powerplant was how the brand began to establish its reputation for providing performance in the GM lineup. But while the first version only displaced 287 cubic inches, this one celebrates the time when Pontiac got deeper into the horsepower wars with an enlarged 455ci V8. There are a few signs that this is a later motor, but most people peeking inside will find it hard to recognize the performance upgrade from just looking in the engine bay. After all, the correct light blue block and all the gloss black components just look like the product of a careful and original restoration. But you'll certainly feel and hear the upgrade thanks to the Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor and rumble of the dual exhaust. There's even power steering and a two-speed automatic transmission to make it's easy to enjoy this vintage Pontiac to the fullest.
Authentic, powerful, and uncommon – you're looking at an exceptionally desirable vintage coupe at a very affordable price. That's why you know you have to be quick to get this Chieftain home. Call today!!!