Post-War Pontiac designs were quite something to behold, and the Chieftain was their full-sized car from 1949 to 1958 that embodied everything about American motoring, right down to sheer size and road prominence. If you’re a fan of Fifties cars with those imposing, bulbous body styles, may we present this worthy 1954 Pontiac Chieftain Sedan for your considering. Having done just 62,176 miles, it’s in great condition inside and out, and awaits its next owner.
Stretching 203 inches long for 1954, this 1954 Pontiac Chieftain Sedan presents all those bulbous curves and lushly chromed elements in a silver paint job. This design is the work of the legendary Harley Earl, the man who pioneered tailfins, wrap-around windscreens, and the use of clay modelling in the automotive industry. Everything on this car is in pristine order, right down to the badges, rear wheel spats, and white roof. Even the tires are period-correct whitewall units. Likewise, the gray interior on this 1954 Pontiac Chieftain Sedan is in great order, with the front and rear bench seats harking back to a simpler era where it was not uncommon to find three adults up front, and four or five in the rear. The dash showcases the period art deco style, with chrome trims, a push-button radio, central clock, and ventilation system controls. The thin-rimmed steering wheel is a delight to hold, and the gear shifter is mounted to the steering column. Wind up windows and ash trays complete the interior amenities, as were typical of the time. The trunk contains the spare wheel, and the trunk liner is probably one of a handful of parts that show the age of this car.
V8s were the powerplant of choice in the Fifties, although the Chieftain also offered an in-line six for the less adventurous, as well as an in-line eight between 1949 and 1951. 1952 to 1954 saw the 268ci (4.4L) I8 lurk beneath the hood, as it does on this 1954 Pontiac Chieftain Sedan, and it produced 127hp when new. This car sports a Hydramatic automatic transmission to send power to the rear wheels, and drum brakes take care of stopping duties.
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