At first glance this 1953 Pontiac Chieftain looks like it was left in someone’s yard or behind an old gas station for some time, baking in the sun. While that certainly builds character and a nice patina on a car, the fresh two-tone blue paint job features simulated patina plus air brushed wood accents. It’s really an artful job, because onlookers will be completely fooled.
You get the look of an unrestored car, while the body panels are extremely solid. It also means you don’t need to obsessively care for wood paneling, but instead have the look without all the maintenance. Shiny chrome on the bumpers, headlight bezels, trim, etc. plus factory hubcaps and whitewall tires make for a well-composed presentation. There’s even a windshield brow, which is period-correct and completes the look.
A new brown interior really punches things up a few notches. The seats and carpeting are fresh and clean, plus they match the brown dash well. The factory controls and gauges are all present, while some aftermarket modern white-faced gauges sit below the dash in an inconspicuous spot. The backseat folds up, expanding the already large cargo area in the rear, plus the fold-down tailgate is carpeted, so sitting on it is comfortable.
Not only is this Chieftain charmingly attractive, it’s packing a nice 400ci V8. It breathes through an aluminum intake and 4bbl carb, too. The Turbo 350 automatic transmission is perfect for cruising with one arm resting on the door, nice and slow. You also get the reassurance of power steering and power disc brakes. And, if you get stuck in slow-moving traffic, the oversized aluminum radiator should keep that engine cool enough. There’s also air conditioning for when you want to cruise with the windows up.
Made from 1949 to 1954, the Pontiac Chieftain made its mark as a wide and stylish car. What made 1953 important was a big facelift for the car, adding things like the dual streak trim on the hood You can add this classic Pontiac to your garage through Auto Investors.
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