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History Does anyone remember Dick Krieger's 'Big Chief' Pontiac Bonneville show car?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Ocean56, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. Ocean56
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
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    Ocean56
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    from Michigan

    I know that Dick is no longer with us, but I wonder what happened to that car?

    It was a '65 Pontiac Bonneville coupe (maybe convertible) that was mostly stock in appearance...but with WILD Native American murals, and INCREDIBLE detailing (the bumpers were intricately engraved, for example).

    I saw it in the mid to late '70's in Lima, Ohio, at a show held at the Allen County fairgrounds.

    Is it still out there? Anyone have any pics?...:)

    Edit: He also had a custom GTO called the 'Golden Goat'....
     
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  2. Ocean56
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    I know it is...I just started wondering whatever happened to that particular car. The detailing he did/had done to it was amazing!
     
  3. texasred
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    from Houston

    mid to late 70s with murals and engraved bumpers it sounds more like a lowrider than custom, maybe you could find it on a lowrider site..
     
  4. My BIL's brother owns the car. It is in the Seattle area. He has it in his garage where it is kept in clean dry storage, but never goes out.
    Everything on that car that would fit into the chrome tank was chromed! Really over the top.

    ~Alden
     
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  5. Ocean56
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    Thanks for the reply! I knew someone out there must know something about it!
     
  6. I know that the car ended up on eBay in the last few years. Any idea about its current whereabouts? I would like to do a feature on it for Poncho Perfection Magazine.
     
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  7. This may or may not help you. Also, you may need a Russian translator.

    The 1967 GTO, known as "The Golden Goat" that Dick also owned ... is or was, as of 2014 ... in the Sochi Auto Sport Museum. Also referred to as the AutoBeagle Collection.

    Maybe the Bonneville ended up there too ? Wish I could help you, a bit more, but that's all I got, Dick Tracy. Good luck.

    Screenshot_20190704-144150_Instagram.jpg
     
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  8. junkyardjeff
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    I think it sold cheap and no clue on where it went.
     
  9. Anyone got a photo?
     
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  10. rgtpday
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    rgtpday

    I have owned the Big Chief for the last 12 years. Got it in an eBay auction. Currently for sale in Seattle Craigslist, just search for 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix show car "Big Chief".
     
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  12. rgtpday
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    rgtpday

    20200121_113048[1].jpg The Big Chief has sold and got on a truck to Minnesota today. Look for it on I-90 over the next couple of days.
     
  13. KoolKat-57
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    There you go, the power of the H.A.M.B. only took 7 years to find the answer!
    BUT IT WAS FOUND!
    KK
     
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  14. Holy crap! There's a lotta salt, brine and sodium chloride between Warshington and Minnesota and that's an open transport!
     
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  15. brigrat
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    Minnesota? Isn't that Moriarity's home state?
    Does 2+2=4?
     
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  16. egads
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    Looks in pretty good shape for a 50 something year old build. :)
     
  17. Moriarity
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    haha yup, but I didn't buy it.....and I never would have sent a car like that open transport in the winter.....
     
  18. Agreed!

    Love the car & the history, as I have a 66 Catalina & a 64 Grand Prix.

    It makes me cringe seeing it on that multi-car open trailer. Not only because of the salt & brine, but being the last car on the bottom, it gets the "whip action" & everything that leaks from the cars above ends up on it. Brake fluid & gear oil do a number on paint & vinyl/conv. tops!

    God Bless
    Bill
    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum...ar-transport-hauling-open-or-enclosed.614419/
     
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  19. rgtpday
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    rgtpday

    Sorry, gang, talk to the buyer, not the seller! ;) I paid a bundle for enclosed transport 12 years ago when I bought it, and I did cringe when that open truck showed up for the new owner. The picture may not do it justice, the truck was parked on an uphill slope, and I did spin the tires more than a little getting the Big Chief on the truck!
     
  20. junkyardjeff
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    So it actually runs,I figured it was just for show and was a non runner. I never seen that car move on its own power.
     
  21. rgtpday
    Joined: Jan 12, 2020
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    rgtpday

    Just heard from the new owner, the Big Chief rode open only to Spokane, where it was transferred to enclosed transport. No snow exposure, arrived at new home as nice as it left my place.
     
  22. Gearhead Graphics
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    Photos of the car? Sounds like something I'd like to see more than tiny pics of
     
  23. rgtpday
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    rgtpday

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