<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759

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1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon
Chassis no. P757H55759

Sold for US$ 46,200 inc. premium
1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon
Chassis no. P757H55759
350ci OHV V8 Engine (see text)
GM Performance "Ram-Jet" Fuel Injection
350bhp
Richmond 5-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Coil Spring Front and Longitudinal Leaf Spring Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Power-Assisted Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*One of only 1,291 produced—5 times rarer than a Nomad
*Subject of a complete, nut-and-bolt restoration
*Stock good looks, modern mechanicals
*A fabulous and seldom seen sleeper


THE PONTIAC STAR CHIEF

As the U.S. automotive market matured in the 1950s, the upwardly mobile dreams of consumers began to be addressed more directly by Detroit manufacturers. "Longer, lower, wider" was the word and by the middle of the decade the low- and mid-priced brand offerings rivaled the luxury cars of a few years before. When 'Lucy & Ricky Ricardo' bade farewell to New York City to drive to Hollywood on the I Love Lucy TV show in 1955, they did so in a 1955 Pontiac Star Chief convertible. It was sure proof that the brand had well and truly arrived and that it had been carried there by its new standard bearer, the Star Chief.

Much like its more famous sibling, the Chevrolet Bel Air, the Star Chief was offered in a range of body styles including Coupe, Convertible, and two-door wagon. The wagon, like the Chevy Nomad, received its own moniker—Safari. The Safari name would be applied to all Pontiac wagons but the Star Chief Safari represented the most upmarket version of GMs unique, sporty wagon concept.

Retailing for 20% more than the Nomad, the Safari was loaded to the gills with luxury features and a bigger engine than the Nomad. Produced from 1955 to 1957, only 9,094 Star Chief Safaris would roll off the line relative to 20,092 Nomads.

Arguably the best looking version of the Star Chief Safari, the '57 model year did away with the Indian motifs and Silver Streaks in place of a cleaner design with elegantly incorporated fins. While 6,534 Nomads would be made in 1957, only 1,291 Safaris would enter the market that year.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This rare Star Chief Safari is a classic, tastefully executed sleeper. Starting two years ago with a rust-free survivor, the wagon was torn down to the bare metal and a complete nut-and-bolt restoration flush with NOS parts was done. Externally, the car was kept bone stock with black paint and beautifully finished chrome—the product of over $20,000 spent on the chrome work alone. The modern radial wide whitewall tires are a hint at what lies beneath.

In place of the original 347ci OHV V8 is a fuel injected 350ci V8 married to a Richmond 5-speed manual and laying the power down though an original Pontiac Posi-traction rear end. Inside the interior has been finished in black and white vinyl with the unique Pontiac asymmetrical pattern. The original steering wheel has been replaced with a Corvette-style tilt steering wheel connected to a self-contained power steering box that replaced the leak-prone original. The gears are rowed with a chrome Hurst floor shifter while the revs are recorded on a knee knocker tachometer. All this get up and go is harnessed by the already quite adequate original drum brakes, but their pressure is now applied through an updated, power-assisted dual master cylinder. Tucked away out of sight is an air conditioning system by Vintage Air to keep things cool in the summer while a Custom Autosound AM/FM radio has been installed and plays through the original-style transmission tunnel mounted speaker.

With all the style of the Star Chief, the practicality of the wagon, and the get-up-and-go of a modern car, it has ample power to get a move on when encouraged and will happily cruise at highway speeds all day. The perfect car for local cruise nights, getting groceries, or embarrassing people at stop lights, if there is one thing you can be practically assured of it is that you're unlikely to see another one like it!
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<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
<b>1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari Sport Wagon  </b><br />Chassis no. P757H55759
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