Wheel in the Grass
by Jim Corbran - posted 7:00 am, November 14, 2011
Although you can’t see a lot of this 1957 Pontiac Chieftain squeezed between a couple of trailers behind a Tonawanda performance shop, here it is. The Chieftain was the bottom rung of the Pontiac ladder in 1957, blow the Super Chief, Star Chief, and the new-for-1957 top-of-the-line Bonneville. While the Bonnie was the eptiome of 1957 chrome-laden behemoths, the Chieftain was the understated, but much better-selling series. The ’57 Pontiacs shared the architecture of the much-beloved ’57 Chevys, but don’t wear it quite as well — the richer but not-as-good-looking cousin who tries to compensate by wearing more make-up. Chieftain four-door sedan prices in 1957 started at $2,527 and 35,671 of them were produced. They all came with a 252-hp, 347- cu. in. V-8 as standard.
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know