CHASSIS NO: P755H114639
• Captures the essence of 1950’s motoring
• V-8 power with power steering and brakes
• Eye-catching color combination
• Original equipment in working order
• “Silver Streak” styling
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287 cid OHV V-8 engine, 180 HP, Carter WGD two-barrel carburetor, Hydra-Matic three-speed automatic transmission, independent front coil springs suspension, Hypoid rear axle with long leaf parallel rear springs, four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 122"
Pontiac for 1955 saw more changes in its overall styling, engineering, and power than it had in the previous 30 years of its history, combined. Advertising for the day extolled the newness of Pontiac, especially the newly designed Chieftain 870 series, the deluxe version of this best-selling series. While a total of over 350,700 Chieftains in all eight body styles were produced, just over 72,600 opted for the stylish new Catalina hardtop. One of the few styling touches left from the previous models were the two “Silver Streaks” of bright trim placed on the hood. New panoramic windshields led to the total redesigned front-end appearance. The illusion of massive amounts of chrome made up the front bumper and headlight, and grille surrounds completed the look with the supersonic jet plane-inspired hood ornament. Interiors were colorful and totally new with plenty of chrome to impress the driver and passengers of this quality-built vehicle. For those who enjoyed knowing what their car was doing, full instrumentation was provided. But the biggest news for 1955 Pontiac was under the hood with all-new Strato-Streak V-8 engine. This engine was revolutionary for Pontiac with features such as ball-pivot rocker arms that provided better oil dispensing and quiet operation, a “quad-gallery” engine lubrication system and the wedge-shaped combustion chambers that provided for plenty of power being generated from the burning of the fuel. Also new was the 12-volt electrical system which meant that power options such as the heater-defroster blower, head and taillights and the all-important radio, had plenty of electrical power to operate all at the same time if needed. To accompany the new engine was a redesigned chassis that featured larger brakes, a recirculating ball steering gear mated to the new vertical kingpins for easier handling and new parallel rear springs spread out over three inches wider to offer more stability for the entire car. The list went on and on for the improvements Pontiac presented for 1955.
For your consideration is an authentic example of the 1955 Chieftain Catalina two-door hardtop. Starting in 1950 with the first Pontiac pillarless coupe design, the name Catalina had been used to describe these handsome vehicles and, with the new power and design, one could say that was the first year that Pontiac really started to build “excitement”. Assembled at Pontiac’s headquarters in Michigan, this solid coupe is believed to have spent most of its life in the dry climates of Texas and Oklahoma. The consignor believes he is only the third owner of this fine car which was treated to a cosmetic redo a few years ago. At that time, a color change to the current scheme of Bolero Red with Arctic White was applied and the interior was done in a striking combination of gray fabric with red vinyl in the same stitching pattern originally used in these hot-selling cars. The owner indicates this car acts like it wants to get out and run with the best of them and is capable of highway speeds all day long. Best of all, it is reported that everything is in working order, even the original Deluxe pushbutton radio. During a recent test, the radio responded immediately and had excellent tuning and tonal quality, while all of the instruments were showing proper fuel-level, charging system, oil pressure and engine temperature. In addition to the aforementioned radio, this Chieftain hardtop is also equipped with factory power steering and power brakes, original heater-defroster plus back-up lights, full wheel covers, fuel door protective trim and interior courtesy lights. The fit and finish of the body is seen with the ease of opening and closing the doors as well as the hood and counter-balanced rear deck lid. When new, these cars were promoted as being new from tires to top, and when you inspect this Catalina hardtop, it will be easy to envision miles of satisfied cruising waiting in your future.