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PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN: BUYER'S GUIDE

Median Price: £23,363  •  Highest Price: £100,068  •  Lowest Price: £2,780  •  Sell-Through Rate: 76%

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Pontiac Chieftain

Source: Worldwide Auctioneers

How much is a Chieftain worth?

In our experience, we've seen plenty of Chieftain's go under the hammer and based on analysing every sale you can expect to pay £23,363 for one in average condition - that places it amongst the most expensive 50% of collector cars across our database.

As Pontiac's go, a Chieftain is on the lower end relative to other Pontiac models. In fact this model is £3,232 below the median Pontiac price of £26,595.

What is the maximum to pay for a Chieftain?

Across the 113 Chieftain's we've seen sell, the highest price ever recorded for this model is £100,068. It was sold by Barrett Jackson in the US on 21 Jan 2017.

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What is the lowest to pay for a Chieftain?

Well, that depends on where you draw the threshold.

The lowest sale of all time for this vehicle is £2,780. Barrett Jackson sold the car at auction in the US on 25 Sep 2014.

When looking at more recent sales the lowest recorded price is, as you would expect, higher. Analysing every sale since 2020 shows that the lowest price between 2020 and today is £7,105, Mecum sold this car in the US on 10 Jul 2020.

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What is the background of the make / model?

Pontiac produced this model between 1949 and 1958.

Pontiac was a brand of American cars owned by General Motors from 1926 to 2010. It was named after the city of Pontiac, Michigan where it was founded. Pontiac was known for producing performance-oriented vehicles such as the GTO and Firebird, but declining sales and financial troubles led to its discontinuation in 2010.

How common is a Chieftain?

We've seen plenty of these go under the hammer at auctions around the world, 149 to be precise. It's among the 6% most common collector cars to sell at auction.

Of those, 149 times the model has gone to auction 113 have sold. In other words, this model sells on 76% of times it goes to auction - that's above the average sell-through rate we traditionally see.

How does the Chieftain compare to other cars?

We know from reviews of this model by our 42,000+ strong community how this car performs across multiple variables. Those variables stack up to give a TCVScore which is a relative score of how good a car is across 5 variables in comparison to all other cars.

For the Chieftain, it scores a 56 out of 100 - that places it in the bottom 40 - 50% of all cars in our database.

How the car scores across all variables is below:

Styling: 6/10

Cool Factor: 5/10

Practicality: 5/10

Handling: 6/10

Speed: 6/10

To understand more or add your own review, click the link below.

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Why this article was created

Well, we've got one of the largest databases of sold classic car prices in the world so we thought we ought to help and put that data to good use. To be clear though, this article is not intended to be a full tour of every nook and sill of the Chieftain, rather it's meant to act as an introductory guide and overview of the market for this model.

It is here to provide you guidance on how much you should and shouldn't be paying for one based on the 149 we've seen previously.

If you're after more detail, we've got you covered. Click the button below to be taken to a the price guide for this model so you can see every single sale, price trend over time and lots more.

How this article was created

This article was created by looking back at sales of Chieftain since the beginning of our database in 1992. We've scanned over 30 auction houses and results from over £15 billion of sold cars around the world to understand the where the market is at for this car.

The Classic Valuer takes that data and analytics which enables it to generate these articles at scale, for further information regarding the Chieftain please visit the price guide linked below.

About The Author

Giles Gunning | The Classic Valuer

Giles Gunning

Giles is CEO of The Classic Valuer - one of the world's largest databases of sold classic cars in the world going back over 30 years covering over 11,000 models. Giles and The Classic Valuer are regularly referenced in key classic car publications including Classic & Sports Car.

Giles grew up around the iconic historic motorsport venue at Goodwood and enjoys his 1972 Alfa Romeo 1600 GT Junior around the Sussex roads. His primary car goal is to purchase back a selection of his grandfather's car's including his 1931 Riley Brooklands.

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