“the top is mostly complete, just missing misc. parts such as headliner, interior trim..”
Nice find Riggs!
Probably be a good idea to contact seller asking if all the mounting hardware and weather stripping are included too. Also note seller is in Indiana. These don't come up for sale very often and I've noticed a couple EDAG top forum requests were recently made. I believe most of us paid anywhere from 4 to 6 hundred for the 2nd go around on EDAG tops, and then you have to factor in shipping and refinishing (I rented a cargo van). The EDAG top itself is fiberglass, the EDAG windows are genuine glass (not Plexiglass), and the back window opens up via gas struts and the rear hatch window itself has a lock (so might want to ask if hatch key is included, if not a locksmith should be able to replicate since it's similar to t-top key locks). Also, I believe I PDF the installation instructions. Peter from Revenge Design may be available to help w/installation question or a resource. Approximately 100 tops were produced but I'm thinking a lot less were actually installed so it should be quite unique looking. If planning to switch from EDAG to vert every few season best to just leave the vert top installed in the boot. Otherwise it may be difficult to get it realigned when its reinstalled. And finally the Pontiac version of the Chevrolet Nomad was called the Safari.
HISTORY OF THE PONTIAC SAFARI:
Based upon the 1954 Corvette Nomad Motorama car, the Pontiac Safari wagon was produced from 1955-1957. Even though it shared many mechanical components with the Chevrolet Nomad to help spread cost evenly at GM, the Safari had a wider wheelbase, and much more luxurious appointments, with nearly all options included as standard. Harley Earl oversaw the design to include chrome trim that flowed from front to rear of the car, giving a more unified look.
Station wagon buyers looked for utility vehicles with four doors with an afordable price. Both Chevrolet and Pontiac buyers were reluctant to buy GM's new two-door luxury wagons. The Safari's sales were not very strong, just like the Nomad's. Over their three year run, the Motorama inspired Safaris sold just 9,094 cars while the Chevy Nomad moved 20,092 units. For 1958, the Safari name was applied to standard Pontiac wagons and GM's dream car station wagons were left to history.
As of 2004, it was estimated that only 302 examples of the 1956 Pontiac Safari wagon exist, and only 37 of those resided in the state of California, making this a truly rare and unique piece of Pontiac and American automotive history.