1948 Pontiac Silver Streak

Chassis Num: C8PA1338
Sold for $46,750 at 2014 RM Sothebys.
After World War II, Pontiac introduced their new line for 1946, as every other automaker did. Pontiac's new line was essentially a 1942 model with a new grille, fenders, and trim. With the newly returning servicemen and their families buying anything they could get their hands on, Pontiac sales were strong. The refreshed 1942 Pontiac design stayed in production for three years.

The streamlined Torpedo design was aggressive and had a purely American appearance. Under the hood was the straight eight and the iconic 'Silver Streak' on its hood.

This Torpedo Eight Deluxe Convertible has been with the current owners since 1990. It is finished in Reo Red with a correct imitation leather and cloth interior and khaki cloth top. There are numerous options, including a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, dual spotlights, a radio, and fog lights, as well as the Deluxe model's chrome fender moldings, gravel guards, and plated wheel discs.

The car has been given a restoration and has recorded 1,649 miles since that time.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014
Station Wagon
Chassis Num: P8PB27656

Pontiac: A Brief History

Introduced by GM in 1926 as a 'companion' car to the Oakland, Pontiac replaced that marque in the automaker's lineup starting in 1932.

After a shaky start as a stand-alone badge (this being the height of the Depression) Pontiac began to hit its stride in the mid-'30s when it gained its own personality, thanks to the addition of the famous 'silver streak' trim stretching from the cowl to the bottom of the radiator.

Pontiac continued to produce solid, mid-priced cars in both six- and eight-cylinder models through the 1930s and into the early 1940s, until war production brought the assembly line to a halt, as it did wîth the rest of the Ú.S. auto .

In 1946, a face-lifted Pontiac emerged, lòòking much like its predecessor except for a more lavish use of chrome trim. Additional mild face-lifts followed for 1947 and 1948 wîth the '48s carrying the most elaborate grille treatment yet. Buyers must have liked what they saw because Pontiac racked up record sales of 235,500 cars for that year.

The 1948 Pontiacs
Pontiac offered four different series of cars in 1948: the Torpedo Six, on a 119 inch wheelbase; the Streamliner Six, on the larger 122 inch wheelbase; the Torpedo Eight, again on the 119 inch wheelbase; and the Streamliner Eight on the bigger wheelbase. DeLuxe station wagons in six- and eight-passenger models were available only the Streamliner series and at $2,490 were the most expensive Pontiacs for that year.

This Car
A scarce sight even when new, this 'woody' has some outstanding attributes, including its remarkable-originality. Únlike many wood-bodied cars, this one has been conscientiously maintained and preserved rather than restored. The result is a car wîth original, untouched wood throughout that still shows very well throughout.

A Pontiac woody was never a high-production vehicle. Most of the few that were built were on the six-cylinder chassis. This car is one of a handful built on the eight-cylinder chassis, and is also fitted from new wîth a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, which is rare on any car from 1948, not to mention a woody wagon.

It was repainted to a high standard in correct medium gray some time ago.

Source - Gooding & Company
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