1951 Pontiac Chieftain Super Deluxe Eight

The award to the longest model name must surely go to this 1951 Pontiac Chieftain Super Deluxe Catalina Eight.

The Chieftain was one of two car lines offered during the 1951 model year. Pontiac also offered three trim levels: standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe. "Catalina" was a name used to identify the hardtop body style. 

The Super Deluxe was made a little more special by using exclusive colors and was only available in Malibu Ivory or Sapphire Blue or a combination of these two colors.

1951 Pontiac Super Deluxe Catalina

Rear view

Inside the Super Deluxe Catalina instrument panel is especially designed to blend with the exclusive color scheme of this model. The upper part of the panel is lacquered in gorgeous Sapphire Blue, the lower section in Malibu Ivory.  This car has the optional all-leather interior.

1951 Pontiac Chieftain Super Deluxe Interior

Matching two-tone leather interior

Under the hood, power comes from a 248.9 cubic inch eight cylinder Silver Streak engine producing 116 horsepower. This is paired with the optional Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. 

1951 Silver Streak Eight Engine

Silver Streak Engine

If you had ordered one of these Chieftain Super Deluxes new it would have cost you $2,244 for the six cylinder version and a further $76 if you wanted the eight. The Hydra-Matic transmission was another $159 on top of that.

Pontiac didn't keep production numbers by model but we do know that they sold a total of 251,987 cars equipped with an eight cylinder engine and Hydra-Matic. As this covers all models in this configuration (and the automatic transmission was by far the most popular transmission option) it doesn't really come close to telling us how many of this model was sold. As the Super Deluxe was one of the more expensive models only beaten in cost by the convertible and station wagons, it is likely to be just a fraction of this total number.

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

Recommended Reading

Cars of the 50s

Cars of the 50s by Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

Absolutely lovely book crammed full of color photographs and interesting facts.

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