Pontiac’s revamped ’54 lineup, introduced Friday, Dec. 20, 1953, includes a new model and several “firsts.”  At the top is a new Star Chief series on a longer 124-in. (3,150-mm) wheelbase compared with 122 ins. (3,099 mm) for other models with an overall length of 213.7 ins. (5,428 mm) vs. 202.7 ins. (5,148 mm) for Chieftains and wagons. The Star Chief’s I-8 engine delivers 127 hp, 5-hp more than lesser Pontiacs, thanks to a higher 7.7:1 compression ratio. ...

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