When it comes to General Motors in the 1950s, most people immediately think of the Bel Air. The Bel Air was Chevrolet’s most popular car during the mid to late 1950s and today it remains one of the most recognized and well represented classic cars out there. Few people realize and appreciate the beauty of the sister brands to Chevrolet in cars such as this 1956 Pontiac Star Chief convertible.
This beautiful purple Pontiac belongs to John Rudder of Port Angeles, Washington, and he’s had the car for 20-years this year. John bought the car in 1998 and they drove it to Reno in 1999. It’s a show stopper now, and would you believe it’s got 60-thousand miles on it since it was restored? “I drive my cars,” John said. “We take this to Reno every year.” This car may be a trophy qualifier, but she’s definitely no trailer queen!
When John bought it, the Pontiac wasn’t nearly the caliber of car that you see here. “It was pink and white,” John said. “It was a basket case. It ran, but that’s about all it did. The floors were gone.” Even though it was a big project, John paid a pretty decent price for the car. “I traded a ’69 Pontiac Grand Prix with a 421 and a 4-speed for this.” While he traded into a bit of work, he made out good on it in the end.