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- Star Chief
- Tartan Red
- Seller: streetsideatl
- Phone: 877-367-1835
The 1957 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible is a pretty big deal. It was the final step into Pontiacs transition into both premium and performance. So when you can get your hands on a very correct convertible with a tri-power V8, then you know this is quite an attractive offering.
The Pontiac division was heating up during this era, and this car is a big reason why. It had an instant presence on the streets when it arrived in '57, and that has only grown in the last seven decades. It was born a black car (always desirable) but this was also given a restoration about a decade ago. Now it has a full upgrade to a well-done red. Plus, the brightwork is key to a cool '50s classic, and this has a ton of it. The long grille that integrates into the wraparound bumper, factory wheel covers, classic badging, artful side mirrors, and big rear bumper showing off the continental kit - it's all part of a striking total presentation. But our favorite part is the side trim. It starts at the front fender introducing a white streak for a hint of two-tone. It has that perfect rocket-like shape that looks like it's firing us off into the jet age. And within that is a large rear section with namesake stars and trim that also forms the taillights. So yes, the stylists were absolutely in charge during this time. But a Pontiac like this had to this impressive. You could get a cool convertible at Chevrolet, but a loaded Bel Air drop-top still wouldn't come close to this premium Pontiac's price. And the cost distinction back then made this a rarity that only get more unique with age.
The white convertible top and whitewall tires look nice against the red to help give the exterior the all-American appeal of a Coca-Cola bottle. So with this much charm on the outside, we're glad to see the roof power down and continue this two-tone style. This car has been under the same care since the restoration, and so the quality endures. The carpeting is near perfect, the two-tone door panels are clean/complete, and the two wide rows of bench seats make this comfortable for family and friends. There are even well-placed upgrades, like the color-matched seatbelts and an upgraded AM/FM/CD stereo hidden away in the glovebox. You'll love slipping behind the white factory steering wheel, and it combines with the smooth red dash to continue this car's two-tone appeal.
While we love how this one looks inside and out, what makes the '57 car so important is the motor. Pontiac was in the early days of making its own OHV V8s, and this was enlarged to 347 cubic-inches for '57. Plus, it's the debut year for the triple set of dual-barrel cabs. So it's really great to see a period-correct block with a Tri-Power setup under the hood of this classic. We even have photos to show that this was rebuilt likely around the time of the rest of the restoration. Add in a Hydramatic automatic transmission, power steering and you've got a great and powerful cruising classic.
The sale comes complete with the service manuals and title documentation. This is the classic convertible with rarity, beauty, and power. That's why you know you have to be quick to get this Star Chief home. Call today!!!