1956 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible, Barn Find, Great for Restoration, Rare

Price: US $17,000.00 Item location: Joshua Tree, California, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Pontiac
  • Model: Other
  • Type: Convertible
  • Year: 1956
  • Mileage: 54,364
  • VIN: L856H5286
  • Color: Red
  • Engine size: V-8
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: automatic
  • Drive type: Automatic
  • Interior color: Black
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1956 Pontiac Other

Low Reserve for this gem.

This action is for a 1956 Star Chief Convertible,a very rare vehicle. The car is complete except missing the carburetor. The car does need to be restored. The motor turns by hand freely and the spark plug look great. The floors in the front and rear passenger areas need to be replaced. The floors are common and the same as the coupe non convertible. The railsrails under the floor are still complete and strong. There is minimal rust in the trunk and under the hood. All quarters, endersshow little surface rust except for one on the rear where there is a couple inch area.This is a perfect car to restore with extremely straight lines overall. There is only one small dent on the driver rear above the tail light. Refer to the picture. All the convertible top components are intact and theframe is in excellent condition. The front and rear seats are complete, he dash iscomplete with a full extra cluster and gauge set included. The vehicle has brand new rear leaf springs. The vehicle was last registered in 1972 based on the tags and has been in and out of storage since. This is a perfect restoration project. These cars are worth 80K plus when complete. If you know this car you know the value. Please contact me for further information and or more pictures. Thank you

Tag information as follows;

1956 Pontiac Star Chief convertible coupe with a black and ivory interior, he body is a two tone colorBolero Red and Nimbus Grey with a dual range hydra matic transmission, nderseat heater and defroster and latex foam cushions.

History of the 1955-1957 Pontiac Star Chief

Like the A-body Chevrolets with which they shared some body components, he 1955 Pontiacs were all new. Frames, odies, nd windshields were all altered, nd the nameplate debuted its much-delayed but thoroughly modern V-8. Overnight, ontiac’s engines went from 115- and 118-hp six-cylinders and 122- and 127-hp eights, o the 173-hp, 80-hp and 200-hp “Strato-Streak” V-8s that displaced 287 cubic inches.

The Star Chief was the brand’s premier model, nd rode on a wheelbase that was two inches longer (124 inches in all, xcepting the station wagon) than other Pontiacs. The Star Chief was offered as a 4-door sedan, convertible coupe, Catalina 2-door hardtop, nd a Safari station wagon, nd in either Deluxe or Custom trim depending on what type of upholstery buyers desired. Prices started at $2,362 for the 4-door sedan, hich was quite a step-up from the upper-end Chevrolet Bel-Air sedan ($1,932), nd neatly placed at the exact same price as the least expensive Oldsmobile 88 sedan.

For 1956, ontiac made detail changes to the cars, ut the most important news was under the hood, here the V-8 engine was bored out to 316.6 cubic inches, ith power now rated at 192, 16, 27 or 205 hp depending upon selected transmission and carburetion. A 285-hp option also joined the lineup in January, ith this engine featuring a 10:1 compression ratio, “hot” cam, pecial lifters, nd dual four-barrel carburetors.

The 1957 model year saw Pontiacs grow in length, ith a substantial restyle, lus a new Bonneville convertible line taking the top rung away from the Star Chief series. This year, ontiac engineers stroked the engine out to 347 cubic inches, ith power ratings for the Star Chief being 227, 52, 44, 70, nd 290 hp (the first of Pontiac’s famous tri-carburetor engines). Advertisements touted the Star Chief’s “man-sized comfort” and “barrel-chested Strato-Streak V-8,” which neatly captured the car’s appeal.

Today the Pontiac Star Chief is a highly collectible car. Like Tri-Five Chevys, ach model year has its own adherents, ith 1955s being popular for fewer embellishments and 1957s liked for their extra glitz. Safari wagons are particularly prized due to their rarity (fewer than 10,000 were built), hough other Star Chief body styles are rather easy to find. Performance was great for its day and still holds up well in modern traffic, nd ownership is relatively straightforward from a maintenance standpoint, ll of which results in a fun and rewarding car to have.


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