Restomod Potential: 1956 Pontiac Cheiftain Wagon

Brian BirknerBy Brian Birkner

Although two door classics are quite desirable, there is still something to be said about a four door classic station wagon. The Pontiac Chieftain was offered in a two door and four door configuration, but this four door variant is a solid start to a great project. Appearing solid and clean, this wagon is offered for a very reasonable $2,500! Check it out here on craigslist out of Fresno, California.

Lacking its original drive-train, this wagon is a solid roller that could easily become someone’s weathered finish restomod. Currently using a Camaro “front clip” for the front suspension, this wagon is described as otherwise complete. The interiors condition is unclear, but the exterior looks very complete and rust free. Depending upon your flavor, a good cleaning and an engine swap of your choice would leave you with a grand looking driver with plenty of space for friends, family, and accessories. What would be your preferred engine of choice for this classic wagon?

Update: Unfortunately not long after completing this post, this sweet wagon was removed from craigslist via the seller. It would appear that we all missed out, but some lucky person just scored a great looking project that will hopefully hit the streets again!

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  1. mike D

    hopefully the buyer has awesome plans for this! going to put my 2 cents in anyways.. would probably stick with a Pontiac engine.. a 400 ci out of a derelict Catalina , Maybe? today’s crate 350 would probably move this along nicely we don’t know what the undercarriage is like, do some tweaking there from the photos the body and paint look good eventually repaint it in a gloss black, or a deep red , and leave the chrome spears ( trim) off, I think it would look classy !

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  2. Will Owen

    A bronze and cream 4-door Chieftain wagon, very handsome car, was driven by an equally handsome Methodist Youth Fellowship mom on several group day trips. In addition to her ability to inspire inappropriate Thoughts in the heads of adolescent boys, she drove the car with great verve and skill. Had I the chance, I would try very hard to find an original engine and transmission for this. Even without the long-gone and irreplaceable driver, this was the only Pontiac I ever fell hard for, and it still looks damn good. Hope the new owner deserves it!

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  3. Ed

    Dad had one in 62, red n white stick. It pulled our new Lone Star Biscane n Evinrude up Pa mountains so well. Solid tight as a drum $300! Loved it

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