The Pontiac Star Chief was produced between 1954 and 1966, slotting as the top trim level for the Pontiac Chieftain. The nameplate saw a variety of body styles come and go over the years, including a coupe, station wagon, sedan, and convertible, and it’s practically dripping with iconic style and road presence, as evidenced by this particular 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible.
This gorgeous droptop is covered in two-tone paint, mixing Orange Sherbet and Ivory with a dusting of metallic finish to give it a truly eye-popping aesthetic. Up top is a powered convertible roof, while Coker whitewall tires fill the corners.
This 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible simply rocks the classic ‘50s look, from tip to tail. Up front is an iconic Silver Streak hood, with 1956 being the final year the nameplate offered the styling feature. There’s complementary polished metal trim elsewhere as well, with a number of details running front to back, including in the tail fins, bumpers, and tail lamps.
The orange and cream color theme continues into the cabin space, where we also find additional polished trim work across the dash. Modern Dynamat insulation was added under the carpet in the trunk to keep it quiet and comfortable in the cabin, while the retro-style radio hides a modern AM/FM radio tuner.
With the introduction of the second-generation Pontiac Star Chief in 1955, the nameplate replaced the previous straight-eight engine with a new V8. As such, this example from 1956 has a period-correct 316 cubic-inch motor, which sits cradled in a body color-matched engine bay. The engine was upgraded with a new alternator and aluminum radiator, and breathes through a dual exhaust system. Routing the muscle rearwards is a TH400 three-speed automatic transmission.
This 1956 Pontiac Star Chief is perfect for cruising, and is sure to draw loads of attention wherever it goes. The convertible is now up for sale in Lutz, Florida, and is listed at $49,995.