1958 Pontiac Custom Safari
by Lars I Elofsson (The StarMan)
edited and "webized" by Larry Gorden
The 1958 Star Chief Custom Safari station wagon was a
follow-on to the 1957 4-door Star Chief Custom Safari (the "Transcontinental").
All 1958 station wagons were called "Safari" but only the Star Chief station
wagon was called "Custom Safari".
There were two 1958 Custom Safari models produced as shown in
the Pontiac Master Parts Catalog.
Star Chief Custom Safaris were built for the 1958 model year.
Approximately 50% were model D (Body Style 2793D) and the other
50% were model SD (Body Style 2793SD).
all the Star Chief trim on the outside, a wide
stainless trim around the roof edge (copied on the Chevy Nomad wagon)
Super Chief seats, door panels and armrests.
blue, green, grey interiors to chose from
was same pattern as Super Chief
was loop curl in matching colors
instrument panel was Star Chief but without the
aluminium trim behind it -- no lower narrow trim mouldings and no
grab bar vinyl.
area had cardboard-like/rubber material same as
Chieftain with one inch stainless skid strips
color schemes same as Super Chief and Chieftain
over $100 you could upgrade from the model D (deluxe) to a Super Deluxe
The SD shared more high-end components with the Star Chief line.
trim on the outside except they added some 1” stainless mouldings on top of the doors,
around the rear windows, top of liftgate, and a small lapp joint moulding
between the doors (also copied by the Chevy Nomad)
Chief pattern seats and inner door panels (the rear doors on the Safari is
not the same as a 4dr sedan or hardtop rear doors, so the mouldings are a
little bit different in length)
colors available except Burma and calypso green
is star pattern as Star Chief and Bonneville
was lurex tread carpet
Instrument panel had the aluminium inserts with lower trim and grabber trim
area had matching lurex tread carpet with the
wide skid strips and also a narrow stainless moulding around every edge --
over 50 pieces
schemes same as Star Chief and Bonneville
Roof rack was
not standard equipment contrary to some reports. The Custom
Safari was the second least produced 1958 Pontiac model, second only to
the 1958 Golden Jubilee.
1958 Pontiac Custom Safari (Old Cars Weekly)