What carries the same iconic silhouette of a Chevy Nomad but far rarer? The 1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari. And because you want to show off-this seldom-seen and vividly-painted classic, it has been upgraded with the best cruising features like air conditioning, an overdrive transmission, a powerful V8, and more.
You know these are rare, but according to the model code on the cowl tag, there were less than 1,300 produced... and that was 65 years ago. So you can understand how .....
special it is to find a '57 Star Chief Safari in this condition today. The curvaceous sheet metal remains in great shape with good gaps and doors that close with solid confidence. And the distinct glass with wraparound rear looks clean and the weather-stripping is pliable. Brightwork is a hallmark of this era, and so you know it's awesome to see it so complete and bright. So you can really appreciate the unique front bumper design, rear slats on the hatch, and the full-length trim that shows off the hallmark Star Chief stars and frames the tailfin. And speaking of the rear trim, the white insert is the perfect complement to classic whitewalls. The full package is set on a bold pink finish that has the kind of glow you know a custom 1950s machine deserves. It has the best era-correct cruiser details with smooth wheels and two-tone pinstriping. The whole car is built to be a driver, but you also know that they restored it to make sure it impresses right down to the details. That's why the dual Indian Chief hood ornaments above the headlights still give an amber glow when you turn on the lights.
The interior continues to show off this Pontiac's thoughtful investments. So you not only have a bright white interior with supple Ultraleather upholstery, but Pontiac fans will recognize that the stitching is done in the Sar Chief's cool/correct asymmetrical pattern. It's such a detailed package that you even have the Pontiac logo in the rear cargo carpeting. So you just know this is a great place to show some awards you're likely to take home. In fact, this car loves to keep its vintage style on full display. That's why you have the AM radio still in place for a display and the dome lights in the roof and floor shine brightly when you open the door. But this one clearly also wants to be enjoyed. You have nice upgrades like power windows and cold-blowing air conditioning. And it has a true driver nature with the Lokar floor shifter and classic steering wheel now mounted on a tilt column.
When you lift the hood, the bold pink inner walls radiate against the polished pieces of the motor to create a very cool display. And the motor is worth showcasing. This Star Chief was born in the beginning era of Pontiac's new OHV powerhouses. Now it takes advantage of the evolution by upgrading to a larger powerhouse of the same lineage. The Pontiac 400 cubic-inch V8 is famous for power, and this one has even been upgraded further with an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor, an aluminum intake, and headers feeding the dual exhaust. There are also good supporting components, like an MSD ignition and an aluminum radiator w/electric fan. It's all there to remind you that this Powerful Pontiac likes to be a good all-around cruiser. That's why you also have features like power steering, power brakes, front discs, and a four-speed automatic transmission with highway-ready overdrive.
We've told you all the great details on this one, but you already wanted it the moment you realized how rare this 1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari really is. So you also know this is a case of calling today or regretting it tomorrow!