This lovely and exceedingly rare flagship station wagon from Pontiac is offered here in high-line Deluxe trim and powered by the robust 122-hp L-head inline-eight mated to an optional Hydramatic transmission. A very well-documented example, this charming wagon was ordered new from McAndrew-Jernigan Pontiac of Tuckahoe, New York. The original sales order reveals this extremely well-equipped Pontiac was delivered with $818.45 worth of options – the equivalent of about ten thousand dollars in today’s terms. Equipment included the Hydramatic transmission, power steering, underseat heater, radio, lighted hood ornament, rear fender shields and much more. All told, the first owners, Henry and Catherine Gaisman, of Hartsdale, New York, paid $3,962 for their shiny new Spruce Green Pontiac Wagon. Records on file show that Mr. & Mrs. Gaisman cherished the Pontiac for decades, with service receipts in their name going up to at least the mid-1980s.
Subsequent owners clearly treated the Chieftain with similar respect, and the car has survived the years in marvelous condition, with light restoration work performed as needed, and the car appears to have never been disassembled. This charming example of 50s Americana represents the golden age of the station wagon, when style and quality ruled. It is ready for its next devoted custodian to continue enjoying it just as the Gasiman family had for over three decades.
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