1960 Pontiac Star Chief

In Dragging and DRIVING, a book I reviewed about young people in the 1960s introducing them to driving and owning automobiles, it was written that the first car a young person owned was often something they could buy for a couple dollars off a used car lot. Sometimes it was the old family car passed down to them. Once in their possession, it wasn’t unusual for that old car to soon have mag wheels, a wild paint job, and whatever hot rod goodies could be installed.

While walking around the 2015 Tottenham (Ontario) Classic Car and Truck Show, I found a car that certainly looked like one of those former family cars that had been hotted-up by a new owner. This 1960 Pontiac Star Chief looked pretty sitting in the field in silver paint and sporting American Racing 5-spoke mag rims. The Star Chief had become a mid-range, 4-door only offering by 1960, slotted under the Bonneville. The name would last until 1966, when it was renamed Executive. It should be noted that the Star Chief is not common in Canada. In the 1950s and 1960s, prior to the Auto Pact, GM built many Pontiac cars in Oshawa, ON using Chevrolet chassis. Though the cars were styled similarly, the truth is American Pontiacs had Pontiac-built engines and tended to be larger cars, while the Canadian cars were Chevy-powered and on a shorter chassis. Where the model line in the US included the Catalina, Star Chief and Bonneville, the Canadian line-up were called Strato Chief, Laurentian and Parisienne.

Shot with my usual rig of a Nikon D3200, 18-55 lens, the settings were ƒ/8, 1/250 sec exposure and ISO 100. This is available as garage art by contacting shootyourcarmister@gmail.com. For comparison, the original shot is below.

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GTO: A Source Book/GTO Volume II: A Source Book
Standard Catalog of Pontiac 1926-2002
American Cars of the 1960s

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