The Pontiac Station Wagon From 1956

The Pontiac Station wagon was introduced in 1956. It was the first full-size American car to offer a folding rear seat. It was available in two-door or four-door versions. In 1976, the wagon was restyled with a wider wheelbase and more powerful engine. The Safari model was longer than the previous year's model, and added more ornamental side molding and the Star Chief name on the front doors. All versions had sweepspear body rub trim and reversed vertically radiused slash accents.

The 1956 Pontiac Safari Station Wagon was built by Pontiac based on their Pontiac Chieftain model. This classic car has brought so many to their destination in the U.S.A. This painting is a detail of the Pontiac that will be a nice object in your interior. – BUY THIS PRINT AT FINE ART AMERICA ENGLISH WADM / OH MY PRINTS DUTCH / FRENCH / GERMAN

The 1955 Safari was built using the same chassis as the Chevrolet Nomad station wagon. It shared its body components with the Chevy Nomad. The interior trim was equal to the high-end Star Chief range. The 1957 Safari had a low production of 3,760, making it the least produced full-size station wagon of that year. This Pontiac is still popular today and remains one of the most desirable vehicles of the 1950s.

In 1956, Pontiac introduced a range of different models. The "27" and "28" models are based on the long Star Chief and Chieftain frames, while the shorter, cheaper Safari (2764DF) was based on the more expensive Chieftain frame. The "Catalina" designation was used for cars with a roof, but without posts. The vehicle's body type was derived from the Spanish word kusafiri, meaning 'journey.'