Garaged For Years: 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Hardtop

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Everyone knows about 1955 Chevrolets, but there were other neat cars the General produced that year as well. This 1955 Pontiac Star Chief doesn’t have much of a history, although the staging outside of the barn in the background is pretty cool looking! It¬†has been stored for a while, perhaps even in that building, in Jonesboro, Arkansas. A no reserve auction has been started here on eBay by the family of the deceased owner.

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From this view the longer wheelbase of the Pontiac (versus the Chevrolet) is clear. This car looks remarkably nice; I’m surprised the car looks to be in this nice shape without the family knowing any details. As the Star Chief was one of the top of the line cars for Pontiac in 1955, there’s a lot of fancy trim here. If you like that kind of ornamentation, this may be the car for you–it’s certainly more distinctive than a tri-five Chevy!

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The nose of the Pontiac is a little busy for me, along with the then-traditional Pontiac “waterfalls” down the hood. I can’t say I’m a fan of the little eyebrows over the headlights either, but they are certainly distinctive. And the hood ornament? Wow! The paint certainly looks nice as well.

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The interior is seriously cool, with the metal panels on the doors taking the cake.

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While the rear seat is worn, I think a good cleaning and reconditioning of the leather would certainly make it look better. Unfortunately, I’m guessing the front seat doesn’t look as good and that’s why we don’t get pictures of it.

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If this is indeed the original engine, it’s a 287 cubic inch V8. The seller tells us that the engine runs well and the car “can be driven now.” What I see is a really nice car, probably an older restoration, that’s spent a number of years being stored just waiting for someone to take it and drive it. I also see a car that I’d love to have in my garage! It’s currently significantly below the value guide I found; it will be interesting to see where the auction ends up–what do you think this one’s worth, and would you rather have the rarer Pontiac or the beloved Chevrolet?

 

 

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Comments

  1. erikj

    I love the car. Even through its redone at some point, It looks correct. I will watch the price,maybe own it. I do like it better than a 55.

  2. Mark S Member

    What a cool car I’d take this over the chev any day of the week. You won’t see any of these at the show and shine events very nice RARE car.

  3. Wayne

    Looks fantastic, but imagine how much better it would look if it was a four door without that hideously long boot.

  4. redwagon

    sweet ride. i like these and the buicks better than chev and olds.

  5. Charles

    A great find for the right buyer!

  6. Fred

    Same kind of car they took to California on I Love Lucy… After having a 1923 Caddy…

  7. Vince Habel

    My grandfather had one of these in green and white. I was 10 at the time but I was already a Studebaker guy.

  8. Wayne

    Looks like someone like stars. There have been two added on the front fenders above the wheel arch. They’re also crooked. But I’d still love to own it.

    • Craig Member

      Thats what I was thinking, but being an 8 yr. old gear head at that time I couldn’t really remember.

  9. Rando

    Beautiful!!!

  10. guggie

    My Grandfather bought one of these ,I can remember him taken my Dad ,Younger Brother and myself for a ride . He impressed us when he turned on the radio and the antenna on the back fender automatically came up,also the indian head, lite up when he turned on the head lights, that was my dream car forever sooo quiet and powerful .His was green n white as was the leather interior

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