Recently discovered in a barn this 1956 Pontiac Chieftain is a great looking car even with its worn paint. Untouched, but ready to be revived, this light blue classic looks like a great start to a fun project. With 2 days remaining and no bids, this Pontiac may fly under the radar for the reasonable price of $2,500. Find it here on eBay out of Havre, Montana. Thank you, Jaime, for the great submission!
Powered by the ’56 316 cubic inch V8 and a very cool 3-speed manual, this Pontiac has some potential. The engine bay is grody and dirty, but there is little rust to be seen. The engine appears complete, but the condition is unknown. If you intended to maintain the car’s patina, the appearance of the engine bay would probably be spot on for that sort of thing. Hopefully there is still some life in this drivetrain, otherwise, I could see someone swapping a V8 of their choice.
The interior looks pretty rough, but the interior elements are actually in fair shape. The dash and door panels are in reasonable condition, but the seats are rough. The biggest concern is the flooring. The car is described as solid, and mostly rust free other than the concern of the floors. Water has obviously seeped into this car and pooled in the front and rear floor sections. Crispy, with holes, the floors need some attention before putting this one back on the road.
The exterior has a charming appearance, reflecting its history and originality. Despite its original appearance, someone has sprayed primer on the roof of this Pontiac. To some, it may be overlooked as original patina or worn paint, but the spray paint is concerning as it has been sprayed around the windshield, and we already know this poor Chieftain had water issues. I would be concerned about the condition of the roof around the windshield section.
As a whole, the body appears very straight with only minor blemishes from its past. The brightwork on this car looks excellent, really making it stand out. You will need to find a few items for this one as it needs, taillights, backup lights, a driver side rear window, and a passenger side headlight trim ring. This would be a great restoration project or “patina queen” for the reasonable opening bid. Would you take on this Chieftain project?