1952 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe

It's always great to see low-mileage original survivor cars even if they aren't in such mint condition as their fully restored counterparts.

This low-mileage 1952 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe 2-door sedan with only 45,000 miles on the clock is no exception.  This solid black, three owner car spent the first fifty years of its life with the same family. It has certainly been loved and cherished over the years.

Not too much had changed from the look of the 1951 models except some exterior trim and the grille / bumper combination had slight revisions.

1952 Pontiac Chieftain

rear view

The side view highlights the nice lines of this Pontiac.

1952 Pontiac Chieftain side view

Side view

Under the hood there is a 268.4 cubic inch high-compression eight-cylinder engine. This is paired with the new for '52 Dual-Range Hydramatic-Drive automatic transmission, a combination that produces 122 horsepower (4 more hp than with the manual transmission). This combination would have added another $253 to the base price of this Chieftain.

1952 Pontiac 268 cubic inch engine

L-head 8 cylinder engine

Inside you can see the instrument panel and the Dual-Range Hydramatic-Drive selection mounted on the steering column.

1952 Pontiac Chieftain Dash

Instrument panel

The cars were referred to as Series 25 when fitted with a six cylinder engine and Series 27 when fitted with the 8 cylinder version.

Pontiac sold 251,564 Series 27 Chieftain Eights fitted with a Hydra-Matic transmission. This figure covers all the models within the series. If you wanted to buy a Chieftain Eight Eight 2-door sedan like this when it was new it would have cost you $2,031 for the Standard version and $2,136 for the Deluxe. This excluded luxuries like a heater which would have cost an additional $45.

This car 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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