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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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I’m guessing that General Motors was skimping on the quality of their chrome-plating back when this 1957 Pontiac Chieftain two-door Catalina was built. Either that, or the fact that the back bumper has sat so close to the grass here in Saratoga Springs for so many years that ground rot has taken over. In 1957 all Pontiac hardtops were called Catalinas; it wouldn’t become a model name until 1959, when the entire line was overhauled with new “Wide-Track” styling. The ’57s top-of-the-line was the Super Chief, and its distinctive seat pattern was called the “off-the-shoulder” look, for obvious reasons. A new Cheiftain like the one above would have set you back just over $2,600 (before options) back when new. Over 40,000 of them were produced. I saw this one in town last summer when attending a Hemming’s Motor News car show in the park. You can see the entire brochure here.

off-the-shoulder look

off-the-shoulder look

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know