Lot 108

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1955 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Catalina

SOLD $47,040


$60,000 - $80,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Known Southern California Ownership from New
Generously Equipped with Rare Options and Accessories
Comprehensive Frame-Off Restoration in Original Colors
Class Award Winner at the 2004 Pontiac-Oakland Club National Meet
1950s Automotive Americana at Its Finest

Technical Specs

287 CID OHV V-8 Engine
Single 2-Barrel Carburetor
180 BHP at 4,600 RPM
4-Speed Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension
Rear Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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The Star Chief Custom Catalina presented here embodies all that was new for Pontiac in the 1955 model year. Fresh styling was inspired by the show cars of the GM Motorama, including the panoramic, wraparound windshield. Complementing the design was Pontiac’s all-new Strato-Streak V-8, which provided 40% more horsepower than the previous year’s straight eight.

Always a Southern California car, this Star Chief was acquired from the original owner’s family around 1997 by its current owner, who treated it to a comprehensive, frame-off restoration in 2003. Subsequent concours competition garnered class awards at the 2004 Pontiac-Oakland Club national meet and the 2005 Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance. More recently, it was part of the “Cars of 1955” featured class at the 2015 Concours d’Elegance of America.

Heavily optioned with power steering, brakes, and windows, this Catalina is further equipped with factory air-conditioning, leather upholstery, and a Chieftain radio. Dual radio antennas, illuminated hood ornament, whitewall tires, and wire wheel discs adorn the exterior, which is finished in Turquoise Blue and White Mist, matching this model’s depiction in the 1955 Pontiac prestige brochure. The approximately 3,700 miles enjoyed since the 2003 restoration speak to this Catalina coupe’s roadworthiness. Accompanied by owner’s and shop manuals, this ideal example of 1950s Americana is sure to provide its next owner with many miles of comfortable, air-conditioned pleasure.