Acquired from a church estate and restored to perfection this rare Pontiac is one of the nicest 50’s era wagons we’ve featured. Beginning with the rarity of the car and understanding how few likely remain it’s hard to imagine that there are many 1957 Pontiac wagons as nice as this one. Officially called a Pontiac Star Chief Safari “Transcontinental,” this was the top of the Pontiac wagon for 1957. Only 1,894 of these wagons were produced and the price tag of $3,636 was second in the Pontiac lineup only to the Bonneville convertible that was priced at a hefty $5,782! You can find this fine wagon on Hemmings with a $41,500 asking price.
By 1957 car colors and two-toning were becoming very bold but this Pontiac looks terrific in a more restrained “Silver Beige Metallic” and “Kenya Ivory.” The 3 bar spinner hubcaps may be the correct wheel covers for the Star Chief but these Pontiac wheel covers still look great.
A full restoration was done of the car about 10 years ago and has been mostly in storage since then. The interior looks absolutely flawless and plenty comfortable for the longest of road trips. A new leather interior along with a new headliner and high end wool loop carpeting were added during the restoration.
Power steering and power brakes will help this Pontiac cruise and stop in comfort. The engine was completely rebuilt and has just 1,000 miles on the clock.
Cargo space detail is often overlooked in station wagon restorations but this one looks outstanding. At $41,500, this Pontiac doesn’t come cheap but it is probably well below what the restoration cost was.