The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 67
1956 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible

Selling on Friday

1956 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible

CHASSIS NO: P856H11306

• Lovely Bolero Red and Sun Beige paint finishes
• Clean power top works well
• Tons of high-quality original chrome throughout
• A well-maintained Pontiac that is ready to enjoy

316 cid V-8 engine, 227 HP, three-speed automatic transmission, independent coil spring front suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 124”

Who doesn’t love a big, bold convertible with bright two-tone paint and tons of chrome? It’s all here and ready to enjoy in this lovely Star Chief Convertible. Like the A-body Chevrolets with which they shared some body components, the 1955 Pontiacs were all new, and the top of the line offering is the Star Chief Convertible. Frames, bodies, and windshields were all changed, and the nameplate debuted its much-delayed but thoroughly modern V-8 in 1955. The Star Chief was the brand’s premier model and rode on a wheelbase that was two inches longer than other Pontiacs. New for the series were two wide “Silver Streaks” that run the length of the hood, and the Indian hood ornament now lit up when the headlamps were turned on. The 1956 models are easy to spot, with a bold vertical trim line starting on the doors and slashing back to the rear quarters, ending at the continental spare tire out back.

Finished in classic Bolero Red over Sun Beige, this Star Chief is a car everyone will notice. It received a 100-point, nut and bolt restoration some 10 years ago, and the paint finishes and all that ample chrome have been superbly restored to factory condition, with long straight body panels and excellent fit and finish throughout. Riding on matching painted steel wheels with wide whitewall tires and wire-style hubcaps, there is literally nothing left to do but enjoy this fine classic. The car looks great with the white power top either up or down, and it operates easily and fits tautly when in the up position.

The matching red and white seating surfaces are likewise in like-new condition, as are the carpets and matching door panels. The door panels and the ornate chrome and painted dash are stunning, and filled with clean and correct gauges and components, including the factory AM radio and clock. Pontiac entered the V-8 race in 1955, and this Star Chief has a clean and correct engine bay with the big 317 cubic-inch Strato Streak V-8 that will easily propel the big convertible to modern highway speeds. Pontiac successfully built their performance car reputation over the next decade, and this fine Star Chief represents some of the first steps taken to build even more exciting and powerful Pontiacs.

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