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1956
Pontiac
Star Chief
Stock # 4120-DFW
Engine 316 V8
Transmission 4 Speed Automatic
Color Red
Interior Red
Mileage 89,999 (Unknown)
Chassis
Front Suspension Type Single Shock w Coils
Rear Suspension Type Leaf Springs w/ Shocks
Front Wheel Specification 15"
Rear Wheel Specification 15"
Front Tire Specification 215/75R15
Rear Tire Specification 215/75R15
Front Brakes Specification Power Drum
Options
Power Steering Power Brakes Vinyl Interior Heat Defrost CD Player AM/FM Radio
Advertised Price
BEAUTIFUL 50'S PONTIAC! 316 V8, AUTO, PWR STEER, PWR BRAKES, TERRIFIC COLORS!

Move over Chevrolet, there's a significantly cooler American Tri-5 that the classic car hobby is finally starting to respect. Cars like this stunning 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Catalina Coupe Custom represent a striking alternative to the ubiquitous '50s vintage cars seen at every car show. Typically priced much lower than a comparable Chevy Bel Air, you get more luxurious styling in a bigger package, more horsepower from a 316 cubic inch “Strato Streak” V8, and a more mature and refined look that might appeal to those of us with a bit of gray around the temples.

Based on the Pontiac Chieftan, the Star Chief was Pontiac's prestige model that rode on a wheelbase that was 2-inches loner than all other Pontiacs and featured loads of style. The mid-50s was a crucial time for Pontiac that ushered in a completely new design for its already successful Chieftain, and 1956 further revised the bold looks under the tutelage of General Manager Bunkie Knudson and his all-new design team. Examples like this gorgeous 2nd generation hardtop with its heavy-duty bumper-grille combo, enclosed circular parking lights, and bomb-type bumper guards were instrumental in starting off Pontiac's Tri-5 excellence with ... Please ask for the full description.

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1956 Pontiac Star Chief
$54,995
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1956 Pontiac Star Chief

$54,995
SOLD
Stock
4120-DFW
Engine Size
316 V8
Transmission
4 Speed Automatic
Miles
89,999 (Unknown)
Location
Fort Worth
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BEAUTIFUL 50'S PONTIAC! 316 V8, AUTO, PWR STEER, PWR BRAKES, TERRIFIC COLORS!

Move over Chevrolet, there's a significantly cooler American Tri-5 that the classic car hobby is finally starting to respect. Cars like this stunning 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Catalina Coupe Custom represent a striking alternative to the ubiquitous '50s vintage cars seen at every car show. Typically priced much lower than a comparable Chevy Bel Air, you get more luxurious styling in a bigger package, more horsepower from a 316 cubic inch "Strato Streak" V8, and a more mature and refined look that might appeal to those of us with a bit of gray around the temples.

Based on the Pontiac Chieftan, the Star Chief was Pontiac's prestige model that rode on a wheelbase that was 2-inches loner than all other Pontiacs and featured loads of style. The mid-50s was a crucial time for Pontiac that ushered in a completely new design for its already successful Chieftain, and 1956 further revised the bold looks under the tutelage of General Manager Bunkie Knudson and his all-new design team. Examples like this gorgeous 2nd generation hardtop with its heavy-duty bumper-grille combo, enclosed circular parking lights, and bomb-type bumper guards were instrumental in starting off Pontiac's Tri-5 excellence with a bang. Crisper, smoother, and featuring a lower bodyline than its predecessor, it features lots of iconic trim, a flashy hardtop profile, a and enough familiar DNA to make it a handsome alternative to the more common Chevy. Flashy two-tone paint jobs were all the craze in the 1950's, and we absolutely love how the upper white on the roof and front end sweeps down to the middle of the front doors while the contrasting red covers the rest of the smooth sheetmetal - a perfect choice for any lover of the era. The two colors really hug the curvaceous sheetmetal, and although the colors are not original to this particular vehicle, the builders did an awesome job with the upgrade and the result is a top driver quality (borderline show quality) basecoat/clearcoat finish that really turns heads. Any signs of use are hard to find, although this isn't some perfect show pony, this Poncho was built to cruise. It fits together quite nicely, with great gaps and doors that close with reassuring solidity, and since there are practically zero reproduction pieces for this car, you know it has led a good life to look this good today. Trim and brightwork are dynamic, from the tapered slash moldings and 'Sweepspear' trim on the profile, the trademark hood accents, to the highline windshield stainless and taillight visor 'hoods', all of which are dead giveaways that this is a top-of-the-line luxury vehicle. A small fortune went to the chrome shop, where the bumpers, grille, and the rest of the ornamentation were restored to excellent standards, helping this car put any Bel Air to shame when parked next to one another. And because this is the highest trim level Pontiac, you get a big continental kit out back that includes a wheel cover featuring a trio of iconic chrome stars, along with fender skirts over the rear tires, finishing the elegant look perfectly. My goodness is this a beautiful car.

One look inside and you can see why so many people fell in love with the simple elegance and beautiful design of Pontiacs from the 1950s. The restored two-tone seats have been reupholstered in luxurious high-end vinyl, using a pattern that's right for the era and remains all-day comfortable and featuring embossed stars on the front seatbacks that mimic the iconic chrome pieces on the exterior. The chrome-laden and supercool two-tone dashboard is all stock, hiding behind that incredibly cool dual-ringed, jet-age steering wheel. Thick dark red carpets on the floor use a plush weave and nap while the matching two-tone door panels feature chrome accents and help tie the whole cabin together wonderfully. Original gauges are crisp and clear inside a that amazing bezel, and one look above at the taut headliner lets everyone know that nothing was overlooked during the rebuild. Options are sparse inside (as was the case for most cars in this era) although you do get a powerful heater/defroster and a Pioneer AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit that's stashed away inside the glove compartment. Out back, the neatly finished trunk was painted to match the red portion of the car and offers matching carpets and an original jack set.

The Pontiac was only a little bigger than the Chevy, but the 316 cubic inch overhead valve V8 was definitely stronger than Chevy's 283, and factory performance rated at 227HP is downright impressive. Add in the factory-style Carter 4-barrel carburetor and original air cleaner set-up, and you have a low-profile cruiser that can run with the best of them. It's neatly finished with Strato Streak valve covers, black-painted inner fenders and a white firewall, and factory components everywhere you look that give this '56 massive curb appeal. It's backed by the virtually indestructible Strato-Flight Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic transmission with controlled coupling whose crisp shifts are a true mechanical pleasure. It starts quickly and pulls hard through the factory gears with a terrific V8 soundtrack from the factory dual exhaust pipes that exit underneath the rear bumper. Power steering and power brakes ensure a wonderful ride quality each time, and despite the big body, this Poncho actually handles quite well. A clean and incredibly solid frame/undercarriage reinforce the idea that this has always been a solid car, and with factory chrome wheel covers and 215/75/15 whitewall radials, it rides and handles superbly.

It's hard to call a Pontiac unusual, but this Star Chief Catalina Coupe Custom will stand apart from the vastly more common Chevys and Fords, and for all the right reasons. Call today!

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Features

  • Power Steering
  • Power Brakes
  • Vinyl Interior
  • Heat
  • Defrost
  • CD Player
  • AM/FM Radio
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SPECS

Exterior Color
Red
Interior Color
Red
Front Suspension
Single Shock w Coils
Rear Suspension
Leaf Springs w/ Shocks
Front Brakes
Power Drum
Rear Brakes
Power Drum
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