Modern Mechanics: 1956 Pontiac Star Chief

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May 24, 2023 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price, so we’ve moved this vehicle to our “Rides Still Available Page.”  Click the blue button above or below to navigate to this ride’s bid page, where you can either select the green “Buy Now” button or place a realistic counteroffer in the “Bid” box. is excited to offer the online reserve-price auction for Lot 210, a driver-quality 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Two Door Hardtop, on behalf of the current caretaker.

Bidding opened Wednesday, May 3, 2023, and continues through 5:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.

This 1956 Pontiac Star Chief resides in Knightdale, North Carolina, as part of a private collection.

The Deets

Year: 1956
Make: Pontiac
Model: Star Chief Hardtop
Location: Knightville, North Carolina
Mileage: TMU
Exterior Color: Olympic Blue and White Two Tone
Interior Color: Blue & White Vinyl
Engine: 301 cu in Pontiac V8 from 1981 Trans Am
Transmission: 3-Speed Automatic (TH350)
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel: Gas

Current Bid = $2,000

Pontiac used the “Star Chief” brand new across six generations spanning 1954 and 1966. The first generation lasted only one model year (1954) as Pontiac’s top trim model.  1955 saw Pontiac launch a completely redesigned full-size lineup featuring Pontiac’s new Strato Streak V-8 power. Built on the same chassis as Chevrolet’s 150/210/Bel Air line,  1955 Pontiacs featured two wide “Silver Streaks” running the length of the hood. The hood ornament “Indian” was amber plastic lit up when the headlights were turned on.  For 1956 the design was lightly revised, with heavier-looking bumpers and a vertical slash on the front door above the swage line.

The seller notes their Star Chief now features a 301 cubic inch Pontiac V8 mated to a TurboHydramatic 350 automatic transmission.  We will have more details about this classic Pontiac by Thursday, May 4, so please check back soon!

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Interior Gallery

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Underhood And Undercarriage Gallery

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Tires And Wheels Gallery

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If you have any questions about this 1956 Pontiac Star Chief, please comment below or call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking, and happy bidding!


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