1953 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Eight Convertible Coupe
Chassis no. P8XH88350

268.4 cu in L-head Inline 8
Single Duel Downdraft Carter Carburetor
118bhp at 3,800rpm
4-Speed Hydramatic Transmission
Independent Front Suspension with Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*One family car from new
*Highly original example
*Recently refreshed Convertible top and mechanism
*Comes with books, tools, and build sheet


In 1953, Pontiac rolled out a revised body design with a one-piece, curved windshield, reshaped rear fenders and a bolder front grille. Dashboards were given “Panorama View” instrument clusters. The traditional silver streaks on hood and trunk lid, first applied in 1935, became two parallel, separate lines, cradling the Indian Head hood ornament between them. New, slimmer side trim adorned the upscale Deluxe models. The wheelbase was increased to 122 inches, while the power trains, a six and a straight eight, carried over from 1952. The L-head straight eight engine was by far the most popular, comprising 90 percent of production. A whopping 82 percent of those had automatic transmissions, so popular had the no-shift gearboxes become.


Remarkably, just one family has had the pleasure of wheeling around this classic piece of American iron throughout the car’s 55 year existence. Since being delivered new, this Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Convertible has been garaged kept, and as a result, presents in fine condition. There is only one adjective that wholly summarizes the vehicle’s finest attributes-original. The body is clean with no major corrosion and the Continental Maroon Paint present well given its age; even the chrome still shines to this day. The story remains the same inside; A seam separation in the driver’s seat and a worn rear carpet show the most signs of usage, but the dash, instrument panel, and all the buttons have remained clean. The convertible top and power folding mechanical system both received attention recently, and we are told by the consigner that the car is an honest runner that drives with ease. Odds and ends that have accompanied the convertible over the course of its half century on Earth include the spare tire, jack, tools, and the glovebox still holds the original books, dealer pamphlets, and build sheet.

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