Pontiac was one of the last brands to offer new models following the war, but when it did, it gave them cleaner, more integrated styling with a handsome front fender line which continued down the side to flow into the rear fender. The Chieftan replaced the Torpedo and was lower-slung because of a new chassis design which incorporated an X-brace for improved rigidity. The front suspension featured double wishbones while the rear had leaf springs, but all were designed to be soft to give the Chieftan the best possible ride quality. The straight-eight engine had made its debut in 1933 so was old, but by 1949 it was up in displacement and, thanks to the long-stroke crankshaft, torquey at low revs. The convertible was the most expensive model in 1949, and continues to be the most 'in demand' Pontiac today, with values up to $30,000.
Pontiac Chieftan (1949) Specifications
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