Faux Woody: 1952 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe 8 ‘Tin Woody’ Wagon

  • June 16, 2020
Why We Like It

The first generation Chieftain is a bit of an anomaly in the world of woodies, primarily because of rarity (less than 1,000 made), but also because the exterior didn’t have any wood at all, hence the name ‘Tin Woody’. Instead, the appropriate exterior panels were painted to look like wood, which was desirable for Pontiac because it was cheaper to produce, but also for owners because it was easier to maintain.

This near-perfect example is finished in ‘Cherokee Red’ paint with contrasting black and natural-colored faux wood paneling and brown interior. We love the third-row bench seating, slatted (real wood) headliner, light-up Pontiac Chief hood ornament and that wild exterior visor (in retrospect, not all 50’s design innovations made total sense). The seller states that this California car is fully restored, including the original 268 cu in. 4.4L inline-8 and 4-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission.

Finding comps for these is difficult to do, but the owner is asking between Hagerty’s #1 and #2 cars, and while there are no photos of the engine compartment, if it’s as clean as the exterior and interior, then we feel this is a very appropriate price.

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