Curbside Classic / Jason’s Family Chronicles: 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Sedan – A Spark In The Night
Basic wheelcover design and contours, remind me very much of this ubiquitous late ’70s Pontiac style, seen everywhere at the time.
Reminds me of my grandmother’s neighbor. Mrs. Smith used to love to go fishing. She was an older woman like these. This was back in the 1970s that I remember this.
Grandma seems happy that parking is so close to the water.
I suppose a flathead six resides under the Pontiac’s hood. Anyone have an idea of the market share of Pontiac six vs straight eight in 1949?
From the Standard Catalogue of American cars, total Pontiac production for model year 1949 was 304,819. 235,165 had the straight eight, with the remaining 69,654 being sixes. Newly available Hydra-Matic was very popular, the take rate being 78%.
Looks like the two ladies are wrapped up for an autumn day, but I’m getting a Florida vibration here!!
Maybe a retired school teacher and her Mom passing some time near one of numerous lakes (and sink holes) in Florida.
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“Hilda, I think we got enough fish. Let’s go home.”
“Keep fishing Mabel. Company is coming for supper tomorrow.”
Chrome infused Chevy with a flathead, fancy wheel covers & an Indian head hood ornament. Shiny metal attracts fish and fisher-persons alike.
Love the sweater on the front woman. Home sewing at its best.
Seems like an unusual car color. At first I thought the picture was colorized inaccurately, but looking it up, it appears there was a 1949 Pontiac color called “Mayan Gold,” which seems more brown that gold, and I’m assuming this is an example. Great color – and great shot too.
My grandfather replaced his stodgy ’49 Star Chief, with a ’57 Montclair full of futuristic alchemy.
He gave the Star Chief to my mom, who kept it until the floorboards rusted thru in 1961. My dad then replaced the Star Chief with an Austin 850 Mini. Another outrageous transition ….. into another view of the future !
I loved them all!
Love the sun visor, a factory option on many new cars during the forties and early fifties. By 1954 or so they disappeared, never to return.
Pontiac was seen at the time as an old ladies car, a view that was radically changed by Bunkie Knudson with the Wide Track ’59s and later on by John DeLorean and the GTO. This pic certainly seems to back up that earlier reputation.
Reminds me of when I was in high school and my very pretty right-out-of-college English teacher caught my eye.
Oh, she also had a brand new 65 red GTO!
Looks right .
I never understood why folks over dressed like this back in the day .
They are dressed in simple basics of the time, including inexpensive Keds on the woman in front. Being practical ladies they also have a backup sweater in case it gets chillier. It might have been worn by one of them earlier when it was cooler. Maybe you are referring to the multiple patterns on the woman in front? She liked each piece and didn’t think about the overall look.
For some reason women wore those knotted under the chin not religion/culture required headscarves back then all the time. Often it was probably to preserve a non-casual hairdo, but probably not for this lady. And their husbands wore fedoras. It all somehow pretty much ended with the Kennedy administration.
It actually lasted well into the 1960’s, I was there and didn’t get it .
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