DOCUMENTED 1 OWNER TEXAS CAR, WELL PRESERVED, STOCK & CORRECT, STRAIGHT 8, AUTO
This 1 owner 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe does everything right. It's got an honest '50s look that takes no liberties with the original design, a neatly restored interior that follows suite, and a torquey straight 8 that moves all that metal with relative ease, making it the ideal cruiser that's up for anything you'd like to do.
Combining the last of the old-school, pre-war curves with a sneak preview of what was to come in the later '50s, the slick four-door manages to be both sporty and formal at the same time. The Solar Gold paint job emphasizes the relatively compact roof and long body, and remains in quite good condition with only a few imperfection that naturally come with age. Sure, there are a few nicks and scratches, but considering that the 113k miles are believed original (the evidence is certainly there) it's really in amazing condition for such an original car. All the usual Pontiac styling cues are there, including the streaks running along the hood and deck lid, the Indian-head hood ornament (probably the coolest trim piece of the entire decade), and the stars embedded in the stainless side trim. The chrome is in extremely impressive condition, possibly refinished/replaced at some point, but not to where it distracts from the rest of the car. And with a proper sun visor and fender skirts, this 4-door beauty looks every bit the part of a special touring sedan.
One glance inside will convince you that someone really cared about keeping this one looking original throughout the years. That's factory replacement upholstery, which means that when it needed some TLC, they somehow managed to find vintage material that are an exact match and stitched it in place. That includes the seats, carpet, and door panels. Is it seamless? No, as the headliner could use an upgrade, but it does show a dedication that many restored cars seem to overlook. The dash is pure jet-age cool, with a giant radio speaker that looks like an airplane's exhaust, and a slick pod of gauges ahead of the driver. Stylish bright trim on the door panels give a hint of things to come in the fabulous '50s, and the back seat is incredibly well preserved. More evidence of the car's easy life can be found in the steering wheel and horn button, which are in outstanding condition when you consider that they're original. A single owner's gentle hands are the secret to that specific preservation. Only the trunk appears to be completely untouched from new, although still tidy, and carries a full-sized bias-ply spare that is likely that car's original.
Pontiac's smooth, reliable, and utterly indestructible 268 cubic inch straight-eight got a compression boost in 1950, making 120 horsepower with the same creamy smoothness usually reserved for luxury cars. The engine bay is highly original, showing signs of careful maintenance but no trouble signs, and the plugs, wires, and starter are appear to be newer, so it starts almost instantly. Paired with a 4-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission, this Poncho is a fantastic highway cruiser that doesn't mind hitting the road. The chassis is very solid, and a reproduction exhaust system gives it an appropriate muted rumble that sounds luxuriously powerful, and it glides along on the original suspension with ease. Original steel wheels have been finished to match the body and then fitted with hub caps and wide whitewall tires, completing the look perfectly.
Incredibly original and very well preserved thanks to only one dutiful owner since new, this is a fun, handsome, unusual car that's finally ready to find a new home. Call today!
- Seatbelts (None)
- Cloth Interior
- Bias Ply Tires
- Numbers Matching
- AM Radio
- Owner's Manual
- Maintenance Records
- Exterior Color
- Solar Gold
- Interior Color
- Dark Gray
- Transmission Spec
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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