For its third and final model year, the sporty two-door 1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari station wagon continued to provide a more elegant alternative to the Chevrolet Nomad. “About eight years ago, this Safari was the subject of a no-expense-spared, fully documented, body-off, nut-and-bolt restoration with a commitment to originality,” the seller proclaims, thus “it has been restored to a very high standard.” The seller is representing the vehicle on consignment.
It’s one of just 1,292 built for 1957, and also features a raft of desirable options including the Tri-Power version of the 347-cu.in. Pontiac V-8, Strato-Flight Hydra-Matic transmission, power steering and brakes, factory air conditioning, and a Wonder Bar AM radio. “This car runs and drives flawlessly,” the seller reports.
The Tri-Power 347-cu.in. V-8 engine was in the car when a previous owner purchased it, and it was rebuilt to 317-horsepower specs during the restoration, according to the seller. He also says that since some of the numbers on the block’s VIN stamp don’t match the body’s VIN plate, “the engine may have been replaced at some point in its life.”
Tri-Power V-8s were equipped with three Rochester two-barrel carburetors on a specific intake manifold and featured an upgraded camshaft. Regarding this engine, the seller advises to “crank it and go” on cold start and reports no leaks. He says the four-speed automatic transmission shifts “as smooth as silk and kicks down.”