One of the things I struggle with as a vintage car enthusiast is why some cars are placed on such high pedestals in value and reputation while similar but possibly less common models aren’t held in anywhere near as high regard. This 1955 Pontiac Star Chief is an example of that, because if it were a Chevrolet or a Ford, it would undoubtedly sell for much more than this will. It’s listed for sale here on eBay, with an opening bid amount of $500, although there is a reserve. The Star Chief’s home right now is Flora, Mississippi.
The seller is apparently in the partially finished project unloading mode, as there is a Corvair convertible and a ’57 Nomad that they also have for sale. Some work has been done on this car as well, with the body completely reworked, stripped, and primered in preparation for repainting. There’s only one spot of rust, where water must have leaked in through the rear window and collected on the rear shelf. A plasma cutter and welder will make short work of it.
While I’m thinking of it, you’ll need to source a rear window and some other glass as well. Heck, if you’re refurbishing it, you might want to replace all of it. But what I notice here is how the silver streaks on the hood make this a very distinctive vehicle. You may be wondering about that gaping mouth? As it turns out, the seller has already done some work there for you as well.
I’m betting this was a pretty steep bill at the platers, don’t you think? Apart from the chrome headliner bows, the seller thinks all the chroming is done. I’m guessing the silver streaks on the hood are stainless steel–any Poncho fans know for sure?
The original V8 engine runs well and the car can be driven, although the seller recommends going through the brakes and giving the engine a tune up before driving it on the road. The original hub caps and fender skirts come with the car, and I should note that it was originally painted a very distinctive copper and ivory two tone, and the interior matched it. Frankly, I hope the eventual purchaser duplicates the scheme, because I think it would be gorgeous once completed. But I suppose you could drive it almost as is once the glass was replaced and the brakes were taken care of. In my opinion, that wouldn’t be doing this potentially gorgeous car justice, but you may feel differently–tell us in the comments what you are thinking!