1956 Models and Body Styles

These are the fifteen models, identifying Body Style Numbers, and production numbers for Pontiacs that were offered in 1956. The Body Style Number can be found on the car's Fisher Body Data Plate.

The "27" and "28" model designation (first two digits of Body Style Number) refers to the series and identifies the frame for the car.  The 27 series are built on the shorter Chieftain frame and the 28 series on the longer Star Chief frame.  The Safari (2764DF) is somewhat of an anomaly because it is built on the shorter frame but uses the more expensive Star Chief components and trim. "Catalina" designation is used for cars with no post between front and rear side windows (usually called "hardtops").

Model Body Style Body Style Number Factory Price Shipping Weight* Production Total Comments
27 Chieftain Catalina Coupe 860 2737 2,366 3,617 46,335 860  2-door hardtop
  Catalina Coupe 870 2737D 2,476 3,617 24,744 870  2-door hardtop
  Catalina Sedan 860 2739 2,439 3,682 35,201 860 4-door hardtop
  Catalina Sedan 870 2739D 2,530 3,682 25,372 870 4-door hardtop
  Two Door Sedan 860 2711 2,236 3,557 41,908 lowest price
  Four Door Sedan 860 2719 2,294 3,617 41,987  
  Four Door Sedan 870 2719D 2,409 3,617 22,082  
  Four Door Sta. Wagon 860 2762FC 2,648 3,812 12,702 3 seat wagon
  Four Door Sta. Wagon 870 2762DF 2,744 3,762 21,674 2 seat wagon
  Two Door Sta. Wagon 860 2763F 2,564 3,717 6,099 2 seat wagon
27 Star Chief Custom Station Wagon (Safari) 2764DF 3,124 3,762 4,042 2 seat sporty wagon, most expensive
28 Star Chief Convertible Coupe 2867DTX 2,853 3,917 13,510  
  Catalina Coupe Custom 2837SD 2,661 3,687 43,392 2-door hardtop
  Catalina Sedan Custom 2839SD 2,731 3,767 48,035 4-door hardtop
  Four Door Sedan 2819D 2,523 3,697 18,346  

    * Shipping Weight is with automatic transmission.


The following is from an early 1956 sales brochure with the blue text added to show the "Body Style" and "Body Style Number".  It shows all the models.  Note the inconsistent and confusing use of the term "sedan".  The "Catalina Sedan" body style is a four-door hardtop (no post between front and rear windows) and is not what is commonly referred to as a sedan (has post between front and rear windows).  The cars under the heading "Four-door Catalinas" in the brochure are the "Catalina Sedan" body style.  The cars under the heading "Sedans" in the brochure do not include the Catalina Sedan body style (because they aren't really sedans).  Did they do drugs back then or was it the moon shine?

In the page below, note the incorrect coloring of the post (B pillar) on the Safari.  The Safaris were all painted with the post the same color as the top.