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1953 Pontiac Chieftain

The 1953 Pontiac model lineup consisted of the Chieftain, powered by either a six- or eight-cylinder engine, with Special or Deluxe trim levels. Pontiac's were all-new for 1953 with one-piece windshields, a wraparound rear window, 'stepped' rear fenders that hinted at the forthcoming tailfins, new hood ornaments, a new grille design that incorporated parking lights, large chrome headlight housings, and Panorama View gauge clusters. The six-cylinder engine had a 239.2 cubic-inch displacement with four main bearings, solid valve lifters, a Carter two-barrel carburetor, and delivered 115 horsepower with the synchromesh transmission and 118 hp with the Hydra-Matic. The 268.4 cubic-inch L-head eight-cylinder engine produced 118 horsepower with the synchromesh and 122 hp with the Hydra-Matic. The standard models were called the Specials and included hubcaps, straight upper beltline trim, short arrow-shaped side trim, and rubber gravel guards. The Deluxe Chieftains had stainless steel gravel guards with rear fender extensions, chrome full wheel discs, dipping belt moldings, and long 'dual streak' body moldings. Eight-cylinder cars had an '8' emblem located between twin 'Silver Streaks' on deck lids.

1953 Pontaic body styles included a two- and four-door sedan, a Deluxe Catalina Coupe, Deluxe Convertible, and Deluxe Station Wagon with either six- or eight-passenger seating. Prices ranged from $1,950 for the two-door sedan and rose to over $2,500 for the station wagon with eight-cylinder power. The Custom Catalina Coupe had horizontally grooved decorative trim plates located at the rear roof pillar edge and only available in Milano Ivory, Laurel Green, or two-tone combinations of these colors.

Nearly 82 percent of the 1953 Pontiac models were equipped with automatic transmissions.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2020

Related Reading : Pontiac Chieftain History

As World War II ground to a halt in the late 1940s, production once again resumed at the Pontiac Motors Division of General Motors. Commissioned by the Government in 1942, Pontiac had assisted in the creation of rocket bombs throughout the duration of the war. Embroiled in the midst of the hysteria of a Communist Witch Hunt, in 1951, America also found itself of the long-lasting Korean War. At this....
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1953 Vehicle Profiles

1953 Pontiac Chieftain vehicle information

The Pontiac Sedan Delivery was based on the station wagon model, with the rear side windows replaced by sheet metal. Designed for light delivery duty, these vehicles were very popular with florists, grocers, drug stores, hardware stores and package ....[continue reading]

1953 Pontiac Chieftain vehicle information

Custom Catalina Hardtop

The Custom Catalina was a limited production offering by Pontiac for 1953. All Custom Catalinas were available in two colors: Laurel Green and Milano Ivory - or a combination of the two colors. All Custom Catalinas are distinguished with a distinctiv....[continue reading]

1953 Pontiac Chieftain vehicle information

Deluxe Convertible

The 1953 Pontiac was all-new on a two-inch longer wheelbase with a new grille; modest fins; a flatter, blunter decklid that increased trunk capacity; and side chrome trim extending into the front door with a second lower strip sweeping to the tail la....[continue reading]

1953 Pontiac Chieftain vehicle information

Deluxe Convertible

Chassis Num: P8XH88350

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 ....[continue reading]

 
Custom Catalina Hardtop
 
Deluxe Convertible
 
Deluxe Convertible
Chassis #: P8XH88350 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1953 Chieftain
$2,800-$12,680
1953 Pontiac Chieftain Price Range: $1,960 - $2,800

Chieftain

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
120.00 in.
6 cyl., 239.20 CID., 90.00hp
6 cyl., 239.20 CID., 93.00hp
8 cyl., 248.90 CID., 103.00hp
8 cyl., 248.90 CID., 106.00hp
$1,590 - $2,185
271,373
120.00 in.
6 cyl., 239.20 CID., 100.00hp
6 cyl., 239.20 CID., 102.00hp
8 cyl., 268.40 CID., 118.00hp
8 cyl., 268.40 CID., 122.00hp
$1,960 - $2,615
418,619
122.00 in.
6 cyl., 239.20 CID., 115.00hp
6 cyl., 239.20 CID., 118.00hp
$1,960 - $2,800
172,656
122.00 in.
6 cyl., 239.20 CID., 115.00hp
6 cyl., 239.20 CID., 118.00hp
8 cyl., 268.00 CID., 122.00hp
8 cyl., 268.40 CID., 127.00hp
$1,967 - $2,580
354,453
122.00 in.
8 cyl., 287.20 CID., 173.00hp
8 cyl., 287.20 CID., 180.00hp
8 cyl., 287.20 CID., 200.00hp
$2,100 - $2,960
122.00 in.
8 cyl., 347.00 CID., 227.00hp
8 cyl., 347.00 CID., 252.00hp
$2,460 - $2,900
7,359
122.00 in.
8 cyl., 370.00 CID., 240.00hp
8 cyl., 370.00 CID., 270.00hp
$3,025 - $3,025

Industry Production

#1#2#3Pontiac
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)217,303
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)334,041
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)405,730
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)554,090
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)287,744
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)418,619
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)271,373
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)370,159
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)446,429
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)304,819
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)235,419

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