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May 2022 Feature Car

Our May Feature Car is an exceptional survivor. Bill Januszewski is the proud owner of this unrestored 1958 Pontiac Strato Chief Sedan. This is an example of the majority of Pontiacs that roamed the streets of Canada back in 1958 and your have to admit the 58 Pontiac sedans were one of the prettiest four doors available that year. The proportions seem just right and that two tone paint just pops!  Bill tells us more about this wonderful Poncho:


This is our 1958 Pontiac Strato Chief which we have owned for more than 30 years. 



This car is an all-original survivor (not a restoration) with 55,000 miles showing on the odometer. It is an unusual 7549 EXP L model, that never got exported. Its pretty basic, 261 in3 engine with a 3-speed manual transmission.  Factory options include, clock, AM radio, two tone paint, and deluxe wheel covers.  



We are the car’s third owner.  I don’t know much about the first owner, but I know that the car was sold by Hogan Pontiac in Toronto. 






The second owner was a member of the armed forces and as far as I know he barely drove the car.  When he got posted to a new location, he would take the car with him and arrange storage.  Apparently, that happened several times but when the air force base in Edmonton closed and he got posted to Winnipeg the car didn’t go with him.







Most of my friends are aware of my fixation with 58 Pontiacs and would let me know if they saw one on their travels.  One of those friends telephoned me to let me know of a 58 Pontiac sighting at a consignment car lot in Edmonton.  Off I went to take a look.  It was a white and turquoise Strato Chief 4 door sedan. It looked pretty solid, but not cheap, so I discounted buying it.  A week or so later, I decided to take a second, closer look.  The more I looked, the better the car seemed, and I bit the bullet and bought it.



Car Details


    • With the exception of the hood, the paint is original which was repainted around 2001.  The paint isn’t perfect, there are a few chips, which, given the car’s age is not unusual.


    • There was a rust repair performed in the trunk, on the R.S. where the spare tire wheel well is.  The rusty section was cut out and a new body panel was fit and welded in place.


    • Powered, disk brakes were installed on the front.  Along with that I replaced the suspension and steering linkage.


    • The fuel tank was very recently removed, flushed, and cleaned.  The fuel level sender was also replaced.


    • Windshield was replaced.


    • Back up lights were and I also ungraded the standard stop/taillight lenses to include a chrome ring.


    • The cannister style oil filter was replaced with a higher efficiency remote mounted spin on filter.


    • The AM radio was removed and overhauled to original specifications, and it works.


    • The engine, clutch, transmission prop shaft and differential are all original as is the interior.


The car now resides in North Vancouver, BC in an underground, heated parkade.  We take it out for a spin whenever it isn’t raining, which means that it doesn’t get out much!



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I got to see this car many times in Calgary in the early 2000's while it still resided here. It really is a beautiful car.
Glad to see it at the top of the page Bill.

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That is VERY impressive!

Congratulations for being at the top of the page for May.


1966 Strato Chief 2 door, 427 4 speed, 44,000 original miles 

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what a beauty car!

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Another CanadianPoncho Icon! That dash sure would be a nice place to spend some time behind wouldn't it.

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A Strato Chief was the base model, hard to believe when looking at this beauty. What a pretty car.



63 Parisienne sport coupe (The Big GTO), black, maroon interior, 409 4 speed; former owner of a 59 El Camino, 63 Corvette SWC, 62 Chev Bel Air SC.
1963- Pontiac top selling car in Canada

Mahone Bay, NS Still not old enough to need an automatic

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Hey I turned 16 then in 58 and  got my driver's license.  My dad knew  the examiner and after I got my licence my dad was told to tell me to slow down.  At one point I was driving my mother to Coldwater  Ont and she asked why I was driving so fast.

The speedo in my 1949 Austin A40 was bent to reading empty.  

I knew I was caught and replied Dad told me to keep up with  the traffic


Mom replied you dont have to go like hell to find it!

We did many more sedate miles after that


Later got a job pumping gas at a B/A gas station after school and was taught LOF   Grease monkey talents.





Done Hurryin

Like the larger type for my eyes. 



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Very nice original car !



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Beautiful car, congrats on being Top of the

Wondering if this is same car currently for sale in Old Autos May 02 edition?...cry


......big block, 4 speed, bench seat, it doesn't get much better

 happy motoring :burnout

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