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1953 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Convertible / P8XH88350 Vehicle Information

1953 Pontiac Chieftain photograph

1953 Pontiac Chieftain photograph

1953 Pontiac Chieftain photograph

1953 Pontiac Chieftain photograph

1953 Pontiac Chieftain photograph

1953 Pontiac Chieftain photograph

1953 Pontiac Chieftain photograph

1953 Pontiac Chieftain photograph

1953 Pontiac Chieftain photograph

1953 Pontiac Chieftain1953 Pontiac Chieftain1953 Pontiac Chieftain1953 Pontiac Chieftain1953 Pontiac Chieftain1953 Pontiac Chieftain1953 Pontiac Chieftain1953 Pontiac Chieftain1953 Pontiac Chieftain
Sold for $39,760 at 2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction.
Sold for $35,653 (£25,875) at 2021 Bonhams MPH March Auction.
Pontiac were all-new once again for 1953. The only series offered was the Chieftain line, but it appeared in two trim levels, Special and Deluxe. The revised body design consisted of a one-piece, curved windshield, reshaped rear fenders and a bolder front grille. Inside, the dashboards were given 'Panorama View' instrument clusters.

One of the new models was the Custom Catalina, available with both six and eight-cylinder power. It a well-appointed and stylish two-door 'hardtop' design that had pillarless doors. A distinguishable feature were the horizontally grooved chrome plates at the leading edge of the rear roof pillar, and it could be had only in Laurel Green, Milano Ivory, or a two-tone combination.

Deluxe models had new, slimmer side trim. The wheelbase grew to 122 inches and the powertrains were carried over from 1952. The L-head straight eight engine accounted for 90 percent of production. 82 percent of the cars had the automatic transmission.

This particular example is a Chieftain Deluxe Eight Convertible Coupe powered by a 268.4 cubic-inch L-head engine fitted with a single Dual Downdraft Carter carburetor offering 118 horsepower. There is a 4-speed Hydramatic transmission and four-wheel drum brakes.

This car has been in the same family for the car's 55 year existence. It has been garaged kept and is in fine condition. It is finished in Continental Maroon Paint and has a convertible top with power folding mechanical system.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2018


2021 Bonhams MPH March Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
£30,000-£40,000 
Sale Price :
USD $35,653 (£25,875.00)

2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $35,000-USD $45,000 
Sale Price :
USD $39,760

1953 Pontiac Chieftain Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN DELUXE EIGHT CONVERTIBLE COUPE
Chassis#: P8XH88350
Sold for USD$35,653
  2021 Bonhams MPH March Auction
1953 Pontiac Chieftain image  1953 Pontiac Chieftain image  
1953 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN CUSTOM WOODY WAGON
Chassis#: K8XH22575
Sold for USD$25,300
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Eight Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: P8XH88350
Sold for USD$39,760
  2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1953 Pontiac Chieftain image  1953 Pontiac Chieftain image  
1953 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN CUSTOM WAGON
Chassis#: K8XH22575
Sold for USD$16,500
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain
Sold for USD$8,250
  2017 GAA : November
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain
Sold for USD$9,500
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina Two-Door Hardtop
Sold for USD$23,100
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain
Sold for USD$23,500
  2016 GAA : July 2016
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Eight Custom Catalina
Chassis#: P8XS31497
Sold for USD$33,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain
Sold for USD$17,000
  2015 Mecum : Kansas City Spring
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Wagon
Sold for USD$16,000
  2015 Mecum - Rogers'Classic Car Museum 2015
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Convertible
Sold for USD$31,000
  2015 Mecum - Rogers'Classic Car Museum 2015
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain
Sold for USD$20,000
  2015 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Station Wagon
Sold for USD$22,000
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Custom Station Wagon
Sold for USD$52,250
  2014 Auctions America : California
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain
Sold for USD$8,900
  2014 Leake Auction : Dallas Spring
 
1953 Pontiac Catalina Two-Door Hardtop
Sold for USD$26,675
  2012 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Station Wagon
Sold for USD$24,914
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina Rat Rod
Sold for USD$6,000
  2011 Leake Car Auctions - Tulsa - 39th Annual Leake Auto Auction
 
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina Rat Rod
Sold for USD$7,900
  2011 Leake Auction, San Antonio, Texas
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1953 Pontiac Chieftain's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Pontiac Chieftain 2017 GAA : March$8,500  
1953 Pontiac Chieftain 2016 GAA : July 2016$6,000  
1953 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN 2015 Leake Auction Dallas$21,000  
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Woody WagonP8XH135308582014 Mecum : Anaheim$51,000  
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Convertible 2010 Mecum Auctions Monterey$23,500  
1953 PONTIAC CHIEFTAN 2009 Silver Auction Hot August Nights$19,750  
1953 Pontiac Cheiftain 2009 San Diego, CA$4,400  
1953 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN CVTBL 2009 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions February 2009$28,000  
1953 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN DELUXE CONVERTIBLE 2002 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$28,280  
1953 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN DELUXE CONVERTIBLE 2002 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$27,000  

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1953 Pontiac Chieftain

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