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1955 Pontiac Star Chief [28]

1955 Pontiac Star Chief [28] in I Love Lucy, TV Series, 1951-1957 IMDB Ep. 4.11+

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: US

1955 Pontiac Star Chief [28]

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

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tv boy US

2009-05-15 06:54

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This was definitely a four star vehicle, it's how they got to Hollywood and was used extensively in four different episodes in 1955.

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jage750 US

2009-05-21 04:04

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Does anyone know what the original color of this car was?
I've heard light blue and I've heard gray.
Does anyone know for sure?

- JJ

car nerd US

2009-05-21 04:06

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I always assumed it was red over white. :think:

tv boy US

2009-05-22 13:49

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I could've sworn, when Lucy, Fred and Ethel are all seeing it for the first time, Ethel makes some reference to it being green. Personally I always assumed it was dark blue over light blue.

tv boy US

2009-05-22 13:50

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BTW notice the shots inside the TV studio, the car has no windshield, but in the location establishers it does? Evidently there was an issue with the window reflecting studio lights.

jage750 US

2009-05-23 05:55

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According to the website www.tvacres.com:

"When Ricky and Lucy Ricardo (Desi Arnaz/Lucille Ball) take a cross country trip from New York to California on episode #110 "California, Here We Come" (January 10, 1955) they drive a red & white 1955 Pontiac convertible passenger car. It had 180 horse power and an automatic transmission."

- JJ

tv boy US

2009-05-25 16:41

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Red & white? No kidding. Personally I always thought the "light" color looked a little too dark to be white, but then again GM used a lot of off-white, ivory shades in those days for their "white" cars and trucks.

sodapop

2009-09-08 06:02

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Does anyone know if this car still exists and who owns it?
Thanks.
David
Sodapop1957@sbcglobal.net

Commander 57 US

2009-09-08 16:15

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I hope so but doubt it.

62imperial US

2009-09-22 07:30

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I've seen a color photo taken on the set that shows it was definitely two-tone light and dark green. A white car would probably have been too bright for the way they were filming in black and white (even the appliances in the Ricardos' kitchen were painted light blue rather than white).

chicomarx BE

2010-01-27 03:59

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According to this: http://money.cnn.com/2004/01/16/pf/autos/scottsdale/index.htm

This car was on auction in 2004, but the colors would have to be reversed. :??:

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"A 1955 Pontiac Star Chief convertible used in several episodes of the show "I Love Lucy" will be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson. In the show, the car belonged to Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), who used it to give driving lessons to his wife, Lucy (Lucille Ball, for those of you only recently emerging from a lifetime spent in a very deep cave). The car later performed on-camera in an episode that saw the Ricardos and their neighbors, the Mertzes -- extra points if you know who played them -- drive cross-country to California."

Link to "www.barrett-jackson.com"

Quote Lot: 405 - 1955 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF CONVERTIBLE
Auction: SCOTTSDALE 2004
Sale Price: *$50,600.00
Year: 1955
Make: PONTIAC
Model: STAR CHIEF
Style: CONVERTIBLE
Exterior Color: SILVER
Interior Color: BLACK
Summary: This was the TV Land "I Love Lucy" give-away car used in the show moving from New York to California.
Details: This was given away by TV LAND in Hollywood! It is fully restored as the car that appeared in the 4th season of I LOVE LUCY! Episode 109 titled - Lucy Learns to Drive. Preparing for their trip west, the Ricardo's buy a new car, and Lucy wants to drive it around the block. After giving her one driving lesson Ricky is a beaten man, but Lucy is so confident that she offers to teach Ethel Mertz how to drive. The result is a complete fiasco. (The 1955 Pontiac convertible seen in this and the following episodes was a part of a product placement deal with General Motors,) First aired January 3, 1955. The same car was used in the next 4 episodes as follows. Episode 110 titled - California Here We Come. First aired January 10th 1955, Episode 111 titled - First Stop. First aired January 10th 1955, Episode 112 titled - Tennessee Bound. First aired January 24th 1955, episode 113 titled- Ethel's Hometown, first aired January 31st 1955, and Episode 114 titled - LA at Last, First aired February 7th, 1955.
*Price Includes 10% Buyers Commission


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tv boy US

2012-05-14 01:40

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It says the car was restored, so it may have been given a new color combination.

puterboy1 US

2013-03-27 01:14

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62imperial wrote I've seen a color photo taken on the set that shows it was definitely two-tone light and dark green. A white car would probably have been too bright for the way they were filming in black and white (even the appliances in the Ricardos' kitchen were painted light blue rather than white).


Where did you see this color photo?

jazzfi US

2013-12-06 20:12

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too funny... it's a b&w episode so everyone's imagination offers a different color.. i always thought blue & white because I used to own a '55 Chieftain 4-door, but it could really be any color.. a good book about ILL with color photos might offer the truth..

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