1949 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe sedan, part of the 1949-1950 Pontiac Chieftain line
1949 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe sedan

The 1949 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe was the cream of the crop in Pontiac's first new postwar generation. Clean, modern styling was courtesy of Harley Earl's staff, and similar in general concept to that seen on GM's other new model lines this year.

All Pontiacs now rode the same 120-inch-wheelbase chassis. The former top-line Streamliner series moved down to take over for the old Torpedo, while the new Chieftain moved in above it. Both series were offered with the familiar inline flathead engines from earlier years, and there were DeLuxe trim models in each.

Pluses of the 1949 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe:

  • First new postwar design
  • Good construction quality
  • Good tourer

Minuses of the 1949 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe:

  • Lackluster engine

Production of the 1949 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe:
50,000 (estimated)

Specifications of the 1949 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe:
Wheelbase, inches: 120.0
Length, inches: 202.5

Weight, pounds: 3,345-3,670

Price, new
: $1,805-$2,206 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1949 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
sv I-6
239.2 cid
90/93
1949
sv I-8
248.9 cid
104/106
1949

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