Even more rare than a Chevrolet Nomad, there were only 4,042 1956 Pontiac Safaris produced, versus 7,886 1956 Nomads! This fancy two door wagon can be found in Huntington Beach, California and is listed for sale here on eBay for a buy it now price of $22,000–or you can make a lower offer and hope it’s accepted!
Although there are some localized rust out areas, as a whole this looks like a pretty solid restoration project. I say restoration because I’m having a tough time imagining anyone driving it as-is cosmetically. The seller tells us that the car will need some rust repairs on the floor boards, rocker panels and a few other areas. Somehow I’d like to know more than that before dropping that kind of money, and that’s why the seller has left their phone number in case you want to contact them directly.
At first I thought the fenders might be from another car, but then I realized that was the two-toning–which now has me wondering if the hood is from another car! Based on this picture and others, the hood should be that same cream or white color on the upper surfaces.
Unfortunately, the interior appears to be a shadow of its former self, at least from the few pictures we have. I wonder if it’s been left out in the open? There seems to be a lot of surface deterioration where I wouldn’t expect it. Then again, when is the last time you’ve seen a Safari up for sale below $25k? All the trim is present, just not on the car, so that will save you a lot of time, trouble and money, even if you have to have some of it restored!
I’m hoping this is the original engine! It does run and the car does have power steering and brakes. But that’s all we know about the running condition–it would be nice to know a lot more! What do you think about this project–is it worth the asking price? With an NADA low retail of $38,500 and a high retail of $198,300 (!), the answer may be yes!