1957 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina – video walkaround

With missile-shaped side trim and fins, Pontiac for 1957 presented their new Star Flight styling. It was quite a big restyle despite sharing the same basic body structure as the 1955 and 1956 models.

The hood had been cleaned up with no silver streaks nor ornament.  The inside got a complete new look too, with a new, horizontally themed instrument panel and much greater choice of upholster choices.

The 2-door Catalina was the best selling Chieftain in 1957. In fact, it was the best selling Pontiac model with 51,017 of them sold that year and costing $2,529.

The Chieftain came standard with a 347 cubic inch Strato-Streak engine outputting 252 horsepower. This was paired with a 3-speed manual transmission. Alternatively, for $231 it could be had with a Dual-Range Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.

This particular car is fitted with factory air conditioning which is relatively rare and cost $431 when the car was new.

Enjoy the video below

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