Long past are the days of cruising in the sun, with the top down, for this 1957 Pontiac Star Chief. After spending an undetermined amount of time in Virginia, this Pontiac was purchased in 2009 and taken to New Jersey. With a quick glance this Pontiac appears solid, and hopeful as a project, but this Pontiac is rough. Described as an “ambitious project” this poor old Star Chief is in need of a miracle. Packing a 347 V8 with 3 “Deuces”, there may still be some useful items on this old Pontiac. With 6 days remaining, this Star Chief has been bid up to $1,525. Find it here on eBay out of Riverton, New Jersey.
Barren and dirty, this engine bay has little other than the engine and radiator. The 347 cubic inch V8 sports a 3×2 carb set up, but little else. In unknown condition, this V8 may be an iron lump at this point. The interior of the water inlet to the engine looks crusty. The engine bay itself is in fair shape with little evidence of rust, or missing paint. Up to this point this Star Chief still looks relatively solid, and hopeful.
Upon moving to the interior you will begin to see where all of the trouble resides in this old Pontiac. The convertible top looks to have been missing for quite a while now. The interior is still present, although it has not survived very well. Little of the interior would be of use to anyone, other than if you needed a seat frame, or some other generic clips and screws. The dash board is likely the best out of everything, wearing most of its trim, and gauges. You will begin to see where the real trouble starts when looking at the interior floors. Cringe worthy, and devastating, little of the interior floors have survived. Perhaps the most shocking is the driver side rocker completely rusted in two. There is plenty of rust in the floors, and this “Ambitious Project” seems more like a sinking ship with a Dixie cup to bail out the water. The lower portion of the doors are rusted, and the driver side rocker area in the quarter is rough. The passenger side appears to be a little better off, with a more solid quarter, but there is little else of the main body that is useful. Perhaps the hood, front fenders, trim/grill, and trunk lid are in fair enough shape to use.
A sad sight for a cool car. We always wish that cars like this Pontiac could be saved, but we also wish that they were in better condition. Likely destined for parts, we can always dream that the right ambitious person will take on this sad old Pontiac. What would you do with this 1957 Pontiac Star Chief?