1955 Pontiac Starchief Open Convertible by SunStar

1955 Pontiac Starchief Open Convertible by SunStar

1955 Pontiac Starchief Open Convertible by SunStar

The Star Chief is an automobile model that was manufactured by Pontiac in the time period between 1954 and 1966. General Motor’s Pontiac division made the Star Chief. Between 1954 and 1957, the Star Chief was Pontiac’s prestige model; the car was easily identified by its chrome star trim along its sides. When the storyline of I Love Lucy pointed towards a Hollywood setting in the 1954-1955 season, the characters “drove” (in episode 110, “California Here We Come”) to the West Coast in a 1955 Star Chief convertible, that in the previous episode “Lucy Learns to Drive” was “bumped together” with a 1922 Cadillac Type V-63. In 1954, Pontiac also introduced air conditioning with all the components under the hood, a first for the price range. Seat belts were added as options in 1956. The Star Chief was available in Deluxe and pricier Custom trim, with the top trim level hardtop called the Catalina.
Prior to the introduction of the Star Chief, all Pontiacs had shared the modest wheelbase of the Chevrolet. The introduction of this new premier model in 1954 was the first application of the longer 123.5 inch (313.7 cm) wheelbase of the junior Oldsmobiles and Buicks to the Pontiac division. The car was still on the A platform, but with 11 in (28 cm) added towards the rear of the frame. Power the first year came from Pontiac’s venerable straight eight engine, with the six-cylinder not available.
The SunStar 1/18 Platinum 1955 Pontiac Starchief Open Convertible Maroon with White is a well-detailed diecast model inspired by the 1955 Pontiac Starchief model. Just like the real Pontiac, this replica has two prominent silver streaks on its hood. It is available in a stunning maroon and white interior and exterior color theme.


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