1953 Pontiac Chieftain AmbulanceSOLD
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Estimate: $30,000-$40,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $41,250

122hp, 268.4 cu. in. flathead straight 8 cylinder engine, Hydra-matic automatic transmission, front independent and solid axle rear suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122”

Like most cars immediately after World War II, 1946-1948 Pontiacs were slight reincarnations of the 1942 models in both their styling and engineering. They were still good cars, but it wasn’t until 1949 that Pontiac had anything fresh to offer. There were two lines, Streamliner and Chieftan. Numerous body styles were available and each could be had with either a six or eight-cylinder L-head engine. During 1949, the company built the three-millionth Pontiac made since the marque was introduced in 1926.

For 1953, Pontiacs were all new once again. The Chieftan line was the only one offered, however two trim levels, “Special” and “Deluxe” could be configured to any buyer’s needs. The new design featured one piece windshields, wraparound rear windows, new hood ornaments, ignition key starting, stepped up rear fenders that somewhat resembled Cadillac’s tail fins, larger chrome headlight doors, new grill styling that incorporated parking lights and “panorama view” gauge clusters. The Chieftan was the only model offered, however there were several version and Pontiac was able to sell 38,914

The example presented here was acquired by Mr. McMullen in 2002. His friend, Robert Pass, found the car advertised by a used car lot in his hometown of St. Louis. It was once restored to a driver level, however it has been several years. The bright red paint chrome and stainless trim are presentable, but showing some age. Inside, the carpets and details are red while the big bucket seats are covered in gray vinyl custom upholstery. The engine bay and chassis are solid, but not detailed in any way. The dash chrome shows some signs of aging and there is a console mounted under the center of the dash housing numerous switches and buttons for sirens, lights and beacons. The cab is much more inviting than the rolling gurney, which was definitely used in period and will surely make you appreciate modern medicine. This highly original example is in fit running and driving condition and will certainly be a conversation piece wherever it goes.

Reference Number 8717

as of 4/18/2007

Car 1953 Pontiac Chieftain Ambulance
VIN P8XS4736 
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