All There: 1957 Pontiac Star Chief – STILL $6,800
June 25th Update: the listing for this complete 1957 Star Chief Four-Door Hardtop we first featured in early June appears to still be available for the right enthusiast capable of repairing the floors and interior on this otherwise complete car. Good luck with the purchase!
For 1957 while Pontiac’s new Bonneville grabbed much of the attention of two-door hardtop and convertible buyers, the Star Chief four-door hardtop such as this example just listed last night here on Craigslist in Cranbury, New Jersey was the division’s top sedan offering that year. The current caretaker of this complete and now roadworthy example is currently asking $6,800, which according to the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool shows it’s priced $1,700 below the current #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $8,500. If you are serious about buying this Pontiac, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller here and when you do, please remember to mention you saw the car featured here on GuysWithRides.com.
When looking for a less popular car to restore, the biggest thing you can do to save yourself a lot of time and money is to buy a complete car with all of the trim still in place. That’s what attracted us to this example. Yes, it has rust in the driver’s side floor, but a readily available reproduction for a ’57 Bel Air can easily be welded in and likely is an exact match. If you plan to keep the exterior patina as is, the toughest problem to tackle is the rust on the underside of the trunk lid. The challenge is if you find a replacement lid, you lose the patina of the original while restoring the metal of the underside is best left to someone who really knows what they are doing who can patiently weld in replacement steel without warping the panel. Otherwise, once the floor is complete, we would tackle the interior to make it passenger friendly, replace the missing heater with a VintageAir-type unit, and start enjoying this big four-door hardtop. There’s a side of us that wants to add an air ride suspension and American Racing wheels to have a commanding cruiser to roll in. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1957 Pontiac Star Chief Barn garage find. Was sitting since 1975 but has had a lot of work done, and Is now roadworthy
New dual exhaust system
Rebuilt factory brake booster/master cylinder, all new wheel cylinders, brake shoes and fresh cut drums. 347 V8 , Auto
New Fuel Pump, Gas Shocks,
Full tune up, new plugs, wires, points, vacuum advance, and rebuilt original Rochester 4 barrel carburetor
Oil Pan cleaned and resealed
new aftermarket aluminum radiator and a new water pump.
4 brand new hankook tires. Reconditioned lined gas tank, and new sending unit
New power steering box seals
Running driving and stopping car but still needs some work here and there. Frame, quarters ,and rocker panels are solid. Only rust appears to be in the drivers side front floor pan, and bottom of the trunk lid. Speedometer and wipers need work, and the heater is disconnected. Have original paperwork back to the 2nd owner who bought it used in 1960 from a Pontiac dealer in Pa. Clear NJ title in my name. $6800“
Restore or customize: what would you do with Star Chief? Comment below and let us know!