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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.