Pontiac Chieftain First generation
1949 to 1954
2-4 door sedan,2-door coupe,2-door hardtop,2-door convertible,4-door station wagon
GM A platform
239.2 cu in (3.9 L) L-head I6,268.2 cu in (4.4 L) L-head I8
1949-51: (3,048 mm)
1949-51: (5,143.5 mm)
63.3 in (1,608 mm)
The Pontiac Chieftain First generation was built from 1949 to 1954 in the USA.
From the all-new model year of 1949, the Chieftain replaced the former Pontiac Torpedo now inline with the previous Pontiac Streamliner and was until the introduction of the Star Chief in the fall of 1953, the top model of the brand. In 1949 there were sedans with two or four doors, a two-door coupe and a two-door convertible. The pontoon bodies featured a grilled shark-style grille and molded rear fenders.
In addition to a six-cylinder in-line engine having 3,920 cc displacement, the at 3,400rpm bhp 90-93 (66-68 kW), there was an eight-cylinder in-line engine with 4,079 cc, the bhp a power output of 103-106 (76-78 kW) at 3,800rpm. All engines had valves on the sides.
In 1950, there were few stylistic changes, only the teeth in the grill had become a little larger. In addition to the aforementioned body shapes, there was now a 2-door hardtop coupe. The eight-cylinder models received a new engine having 4,395 cc displacement, the at 3,600rpm 108-113 bhp (79.5 to 83 kW).
In 1951, the engine power increased again: The six-cylinder brought it to 96-100 bhp (70.5-74 kW), the eight-cylinder to 116-120 bhp (85-88 kW). In addition to the standard models, there were now deluxe versions (hardtop coupe and convertible only) and super deluxe versions (hardtop coupe only).
1952 were called after the omission of the Streamliner all Pontiac models Chieftain. The limousine coupe fell away, but there was now a 5-door station wagon with 6 or 8 seats and continued with the 120 inch wheelbase. . Again engine power increased; the six-cylinder supplied 100-102 bhp (74-75 kW), the eight-cylinder 118-122 bhp (87-90 kW).
1953,a new body style,the engine power of the six-cylinder was increased to 115-118 bhp (84.5-87 kW), the eight-cylinder remained the same. The wheelbase of the car grew 2 " The windshield was now one piece and the standard models were now called Special . Deluxe finishings were all body shapes; the hardtop coupe, there was also a particularly luxurious custom version.
From 1954 power brakes and power lift windows as options, as well as air-conditioning and comfort control seats were offered. Pontiac offered models on two different wheelbases; the Chieftain was from then on the cheaper Pontiac model on the shorter wheelbase. The cabriolet had fallen away, however. The eight-cylinder engine increased in power to 122-127 bhp (90-93 kW), while this year's last offered six-cylinder remained unchanged.
- a 239.2 cu in L-head 6-cylinder engine making 90 horsepower (67 kW) at 3400 rpm
- a 239.2 cu in L-head 6-cylinder engine making 93 horsepower (69 kW) at 3400 rpm
- a 248.9 cu in L-head 8-cylinder making 103 horsepower (77 kW) at 3800 rpm
- a 248.9 cu in L-head 8-cylinder making 106 horsepower (79 kW) at 3800 rpm
Chieftain Six Series 25 / Eight Series 27 (1949-1952)
Chieftain Deluxe Six Series 25 / Deluxe Eight Series 27 (1951-1954)
Chieftain Super Deluxe Six Series 25 / Super Deluxe Eight Series 27 (1951-1952)
Chieftain Special Six Series 25 / Special Eight Series 27 (1953-1954)
Chieftain Custom Six Series 25 / Custom Eight Series 27 (1953-1954)
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