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1954 Pontiac Star Chief
1954 Pontiac - Star Chief
Between 1954 and 1957,
the Star Chief was Pontiac's prestige model.
The car was easily identified by its chrome trim
along its sides and three stars on the back fender.
Only offered with the straight 8 engine,
this new top-of-the-line model had new body styling
and an 11 inch longer frame from the preceding model,
the Chieftain.
When the storyline of I Love Lucy pointed towards
a Hollywood setting in the 1954-1955 season,
the characters "drove" (in episode 100) to the West Coast
in a 1955 Star Chief convertible.
The car offered for sale here,
"Uncle Herbie" as it was known to the children of
the original owners, is a superb original example of the model.
The car, with only 39,000 miles from new,
is a perfectly rust-free, excellent driving car,
which shows well with a good quality repaint in 1994
in its original black.
It still has great depth and shine.
The interior is all original is grey/ blue with
original headliner.
A new carpet set and interior detail would lift the car
to no end.
The original, matching numbers straight-8 cylinder,
4385 cc (267.589 cu in) 16 valve engine pulls strong
with 127 bhp and 234 ftlbs of torque at only 2200 rpm.
The transmission shifts smoothly and faultlessly.
The suspension rides perfectly, and
all electrical works, including the lovely warm amber glow
from the Indian hood ornament light.
With absolutely no evidence of body damage or rust,
the car has no bondo or filler in any of the panels.
The doors, trunk and hood all fit perfectly
with excellent gaps between the panels.
The car comes with some sundry spare parts.
The car comes with its original keys, owners manuals
and even has the original side-skirts!
Sitting inside the car feels like a trip to the past.
Between the 50's style bench seating to
the 9" wide speedometer,
you won't find a more original car.
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