“The Chieftain debuted as a 1949 model and rode on the General Motors A platform with a 120-inch wheelbase,” AutoHunter notes in the car’s listing. “A second-generation model launched six years later.
“Cosmetic updates came with each subsequent year, including “Star Flight” styling that adorned the 1957 models, bringing revised bumpers and redesigned rear fenders.”
This 1957 custom example incorporates a 1979 Cadillac chassis taking the frame, floor, trunk pans and other components from the Cadillac and retrofitting it to this Chieftain.
Other exterior modifications include lowered rockers, Frenched headlights, dual spotlights, lengthened tail fins and fender artwork.
The interior houses a split bench, tilt/telescoping steering column and steering wheel all taken from the 1979 Cadillac. Hard to miss, the upholstery is done in a green wavy pattern accenting with white piping and a white headliner.
Interior amenities include Air Tique heat and air conditioning, an upholstered custom center console with a Kenwood audio head unit and rear air shock controls.
Power comes from a replacement 425cid V8 sourced from the ’79 Cadillac and linked to a column-shifted automatic transmission.
The odometer shows just under 6,000 miles, although true chassis mileage is unknown.
This custom Chieftain’s auction ends October 1 at 12:00 p.m. PDT.
Visit this vehicle’s AutoHunter listing for more information and gallery of photos.