1950 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina

The 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina was Pontiac's first pillarless hardtop. It was the first car to bear what would become one of the division's most familiar names, and was introduced along with the Chevrolet Bel Air a year after Buick, Cadillac, and Oldsmobile had broken ground with this body type.

The Chieftain Catalina came decked out with convertible-type interior fittings, including chrome headliner strips to simulate a true convertible's top ribs. Offered with either six- or eight-cylinder L-head engines, the Catalina was available in Pontiac's DeLuxe trim or as the even ritzier Super, the only model so designated through 1952.

Styling throughout the 1950 line was a mild facelift of the all-new 1949 look. A small-bore increase gave the hardy old straight eight a small boost in rated horsepower.

Pluses of the 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina:

  • First new postwar design
  • Good construction quality
  • Good tourer
  • Historical interest
  • Smooth looks

Minuses of the 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina:

  • Same dull old engines

Production of the 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina:

Specifications of the 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina:
Wheelbase, inches: 120.0
Length, inches: 202.5

Weight, pounds
: 3,469/3,549 (six-cylinder/eight-cylinder)
Price, new
: $2,000-$2,127 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina:

sv I-6
239.2 cid
sv I-8
268.4 cid

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