1951 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Convertible

The year was 1951 and it was Pontiac’s Silver Anniversary. However, despite the big occasion their cars were given just a minor revamp.

It was also the year that Pontiac produced their four-millionth car (an eight cylinder hardtop).

The Deluxe Convertible was the most expensive car in Pontiac’s Chieftain lineup for 1951.

Rear view of a 1951 Pontiac Convertible with the top up
Rear view with top up

Under the hood there is a straight eight “Silver Streak” engine that provides 116 horsepower. This was up 8 horsepower from the previous year. It came standard with a 3-speed manual transmission although the original owner of this Chieftain opted for a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission costing $170 extra.

1951 Pontiac Silver Streak Eight
Silver Streak Eight

Pontiacs fitted with an Eight were referred to a Series 27 whereas the sixes were Series 25. Chieftain was considered a car line and not a series.

51 Pontiac Chieftain Convertible side view
side view with top up

Production figures are difficult to pin down by model as Pontiac only kept these numbers by engine and transmission. They produced a total of 370,159 cars with 251,987 of these were Eight cylinder with Hydra-Matic transmission. Convertible production would have been just a fraction of that number. Pontiac built 6.7% of America’s convertibles during the 1951 model year.

leather interior

Back in 1951 a Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Convertible would have cost you $2388 for the eight cylinder model. If you wanted a six then they came in at $74 less.

This ’51 Pontiac Chieftain Convertible is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)


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