1940's Classic Pontiacs
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1940 Torpedo 8 Touring Sedan
“I just acquired a 1940 Torpedo 8 touring sedan. It is all original except for the wheels. I have not decided whether to update the
power train or to do a 50's style hot rod tribute using the original straight 8 flathead.
It will be a fun project either way. ”
Owned by Gary in Washington state.
“This is a recently acquired 1940 Pontiac 2 Door.
It is a good runner but is missing a few chrome parts.
I will keep you updated to the progress
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Owned by Jim in Arkansas.
“I purchased my 1940 silver streak 2 door sedan in 2007 in Indiana from E-Bay. It was partially customized, with caddy taillights and filled rear fender seams. The original headlights had been removed and fenders smoothed over. The previous owner had done some nice body work,
but never bothered to do anything about the rusted under carriage.
I have taken the body off and sand blasted the entire frame, and underbody. Replaced the front floorboards and trunk floor. The car has a 1978 Chevy Nova front clip. My son and I have installed a 1966 326 V-8 from a GTO, and a 400 transmission. It has a 1967 Camaro gas tank.
We have a lot of work to do yet, but is coming along well.”
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Contact Owner Dave
“1940 2527b business coupe special series six. This car is an old hot rod from the 50s. It had a Bonneville v8, automatic and Bonnie rear end. I rerodded it with Chevy 350-350 turbo, Camaro front and z28 rear end. It had been off the road parked on a farm used for hay storage since 1962.”
Contact Owner, Mark
Pontiac production was suspended
during the years 1943, 1944, and 1945
due to World War II.
“Pontiac's war effort officially began on March 6, 1941 – nine months before Pearl Harbor and nearly eleven months before automobile production was halted.
On that date, Pontiac Motor Division received approval to begin preparations for quantity production of the complex Oerlikon anti-aircraft cannon for the United States Navy. . . . . ”
“When Pontiac production resumed in the latter months of 1945 the biggest problem was finding enough material to satisfy the public's pent up desire for anything that moved. This problem was soon further complicated by the months long U.A.W. strike at General Motors.”
» “The model line was very close to that offered in 1942 . . . ”
Source: PONTIAC: The Complete History 1926-1979
"The first postwar Pontiac was built Sept. 13, 1945. The full model line was back in production
by June 10, 1946. Calendar year production was 131,538 cars. . . .”
“The early postwar Pontiacs sometimes had the words ‘Silver Streak’ on the hoods, but the proper model names are Streamliner and Torpedo.
Silver Streak is not an official model name.”
Source: standard catalog of PONTIAC 1926-2002 2nd edition.
July 20, 2007 – Note from “Steven”
Subject: Abandoned Pontiacs
“The odd-looking Pontiac ('49? 5?-?) looks to be a Pontiac Sedan Delivery (made through 1953 in the US, 1958 up here in Canada...) which has been modified for hearse or other funeral-parlour service.
Similar Pontiac-based hearses, made from Pontiac sedan deliveries, were offered by a few coachbuilders who sold cars for funeral service.”
Steven C. Barr
Oshawa, Ont'o., Canada
– Thanks for your input, Steven!
July 3, 2007 – Note from “Chris”
Subject: Abandoned Pontiacs
“looks like a 48 silver streak to me”
– Thanks for your input, Chris!
“1942 4 dr. Torpedo with very rare trim #19.
I can not find any other photos of 1942 Torpedo with #19 trim package, only one left?
Just found this one on the Tulalip indian reservation,
and I already have nos parts collection started.
If anyone can get photos of another 42 with #19 trim I would love to see one.”
Owned by Ed in Washington
“Mine is a 1942 Pontiac. I bought it for my Dad for Fathers Day in 1979,
and it became mine upon his passing in 2001. My son and I have brought it to its
current condition. It now has a 305 Chevy/700R4 with all the creature comforts
of a modern car. It gets driven almost every day, weather permitting.”
Owned by Tom in Michigan
“This newly restored 1942 Pontiac Streamliner Chieftain Straight Eight four door sedan was purchased new at the dealers, Park Pontiac, by my Grandparents in 1941 in Charleston, West Virginia.
I belonged to POCI in 2006 and I had the only one in the Club.”
Email Tim for further info
Pontiac Classics of 1946
“I am the 2nd owner of this 1946 Steamliner 4dr, flat head six. It only has 47,000 original miles on it.
This picture was taken at a 4th of July car show at the Wheeling Heritage Port along the Ohio River.”
Owned by Rick in West Virginia
Pontiac Classics of 1947
128,660 produced in 1947
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Pontiac Classics of 1948
“Pontiac 1948 convertible
I want to repair the car but I don't find an internet site that has parts for this car. Can anyone help me?”
Owned by Diego in Colombia
“I have a 1948 2507d Pontiac Torpedo.
I have owned it for 16 years; rescued it from an old junk yard.
Currently in the build process. So far I have installed a mustang 2 ifs
and getting ready to install a small block 350 and turbo trans.
I'll update as I go.”
Owned by Jason in Wyoming
“I recently came to posses this 1948 silver streak and am looking for more information.
From what I understand this car is made in Canada, and that's all I know, lol”
Owner is looking for more information, where to find parts, etc.
Click to E-mail Owner, Jeana, in Canada
Michael, in California,
inherited this Classic
when his Dad passed in 2001.
He asked for help in identifying the year.
This response came from Indonesia:
“Pontiac Silver Streak 1948”
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“My car is a 48 Silver Streak barn find with 12,000 actual miles.
All original with 1 repaint not original color which was black.
The original seats are under dealer installed seat covers.
It is still 6 volt w/straight 8w/hydromatic trans
that runs like new. It's all there just old.”
Click to E-mail Owner, Rick
“I am the third owner of this 1948 2 door Torpedo Coupe.
It's mostly original including the flathead 8 cyl engine and the Hydramatic Transmission. I purchased the car in 2000 at the Rhinebeck Antique Car Show. The original owner kept the car until 1970, the second owner did some restoration work and owned the car for thirty years.”
Owned by Joseph in New York
Pontiac Classics of 1949
“1949 Pontiac Sedan Delivery made into an Ambulance by Barnett Coach Works.”
“1949 Pontiac Chieftain 2 dr .sedan. 6cyl., 3 spd., 46k miles
this is the cheap model with no factory options except a radio.”
“The car is a 1949 Pontiac Chieftain standard 2 dr. sedan. Not that 49 Pontiacs are scarce but you donít see too many of the ‘Business’ models.
The only factory accessory is a radio. As you can see, it has NO body side mldg, flared rear window molding, fender skirts, sunvisor, back up lights or amber (light up) hood ornament.
It has the 239 ci. 6 cyl., 3 speed stick shift, body color headlight rims, no clock (delete plate), 2 spoke steering wheel with center horn button, rubber floor mats instead of carpeting, gray striped wool seat upholstery,
black rubber rear fender stone guards & dog dish hub caps. I put the porta walls on. There are 48,650 original miles and the VIN # and engine block #ís both match.”
Owned by Jack in New Jersey
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