1956 Pontiac Star Chief Safari
316 cid, V-8, 227 bhp

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The Safari wagon was built from 1955 through 1957. The Safari was Pontiac’s version of the Chevrolet Nomad, except that while the stock Nomad was a stripped down version with a six-cylinder engine the stock Safari had an eight cylinder and luxurious interior appointments.  Although the Safari shared a basic body with the Nomad, it was several inches longer and rode a longer wheelbase.  For 1956 there were major physical changes including a new grille and side trim. Rather than sharing its rear fenders with the Nomad, the Safari had rear fenders styled like the Pontiac sedans, hardtops and convertibles. There were only 4,042 Custom Safari wagons built in 1956 and were listed at $3,129.


  • 2-door hardtop station wagon
  • Pontiac version of Chevrolet Nomad
  • 4,042 produced