It was the first popular-priced, mass-produced engine in America utilizing an overhead-camshaft configuration.
In 1956, when 42-year-old Semon "Bunkie" Knudsen became general manager of Pontiac, along new heads of engineering, E. Estes and John De Lorean, Knudsen immediately began reworking the brand's image.
The Star Chief was created by adding an 11-inch (280 mm) extension to the A-body platform creating a 124-inch (3,100 mm) wheelbase.
The 1953 models were the first to have one-piece windshields instead of the normal two-piece units.
It came with a flathead (side-valve) straight eight.