Car Craft
Click here to find out more!

1955 Pontiac Chieftain Sedan - Junkyard Crawl

Canadian Bacon

By Steve Magnante, Photography by Steve Magnante

With so much awesome iron flowing out of Detroit, it's easy to forget that most U.S. automakers also set up shop in other countries. The products of these offshore excursions ranged from virtual carbon copies of machines issued stateside to some downright bizarre crossbreeds. Here's a Canadian-built '55 Pontiac Chieftain sedan we found among the Tri-Five Chevy stash at Desert Valley Auto Parts (dvap.com).

Groovy Factoids
• To preserve and support local industry, most national governments institute so-called local content laws mandating that a predetermined percent of vehicle components be sourced from within the country rather than imported.

•'55 Chevy 265 engine blocks are cast without provisions for an oil filter. If an oil filter was desired, an AC-type S-6 external filter was mounted atop the engine near the front of the intake manifold. For 1956, Chevy revised the V-8 block to mount a canister-style oil filter on the driver side oil pan rail. As such, '55 265 blocks are highly sought after by concours restorers. The rest of us run from them.

By Steve Magnante
Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!
0 comments
Car Craft