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Lot 353
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Station Wagon


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection

• Older restoration with nice patina
• Equipped with rare power steering
• Inviting cabin with two-tone upholstery
• Wonderful post-war American automobile

268 cid eight-cylinder engine, 120 HP, Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, disc brakes, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 122”

By the time the late 1940s arrived, automotive legend, Harley Earl knew it was time to give the Pontiac lineup a facelift. Appointed by Earl, Herman Kaiser restyled Pontiac’s offerings for the 1949 model year and ushered in two new models, the Streamliner and Chieftain, both sharing the same 120-inch wheelbase. The cars featured a full-width body and curved two-piece windshield, which made the interior feel twice as big. The Chieftain was instantly promoted to the top model, and it replaced the Pontiac Torpedo. It wasn’t until the 1951 model was offered that the Chieftain saw much of a change. The new year would be the first time it was offered as a Deluxe or Super Deluxe for both the six- and eight-cylinder vehicles. By the end of the 1952 model year, Pontiac dealers were out of cars and the Chieftain was still in high demand. 1953 would be the most dramatic restyle Pontiac had done and would be the first year the Chieftain would rock its iconic dual streak trim that ran the length of the hood and trunk. Along with the facelift, an enhanced interior and optional power steering marked big achievements for the 1953 model.

This 1953 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Station Wagon sits on blackwall tires nicely complemented by a dark metallic green and faux wood paneling exterior. The wood can be seen around the windows flowing to the back where it covers the entire rear. The brightwork presents nicely and can be seen running from the front to the rear of the body. Leading the way and starting the iconic dual streak trim on the hood is a light-up Chief Pontiac hood ornament that illuminates when the headlights are turned on. The interior window seals are lined with a faux wood which blends nicely with the checkered, stitched two-tone green bench seating. The door panels, roof liner, and dash are all finished in an attractive green that matches the exterior. A great option for the family to jump in and go on a weekend getaway, thanks to its spacious interior, its 268-cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine and power steering will also ensure you get there in a safe and timely fashion. At its introduction, Pontiac was still a top-five automaker, meaning parts are relatively easy to source when needed. That makes this Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Station Wagon an excellent choice for someone looking to experience what post-war American automobile ownership is all about.

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