1948 Pontiac Torpedo

History

Designed as a cross between a luxurious and standard vehicle, the Pontiac Torpedo is one of Pontiac's lines of muscle cars. First introduced in 1940 was the Torpedo S four-door sedan, and the Pontiac Torpedo S convertible coupe arrived in 1948. Pontiac has long been GM's brand for affordable performance oriented vehicles, and has been able to offer inexpensive yet still aggressive and capable vehicles. Their models have been famed for both their agility and sporty appeal. Pontiac has consistently created performance vehicles that have triumphantly competed with top car brands.

Near the end of the war, nearly ten million Americans were in need for a new vehicle. The majority of manufacturers had launched their '46 models in the summer and autumn of 1945, but production had been delayed due to shortage of materials and due to strikes. In August of 1946 the one-millionth post-war vehicle was built and several new vehicles, including the Kaiser and Frazer were produced in the Willow Run plant.

The Torpedo was built with 6 or 8 cylinder 3.9 liter or 4.1 liter engine from 1946 through 1948. This variation of engine featured stellar horsepower and torque that allowed to Torpedo to function extraordinarily in even poor driving conditions. The interior design of the Torpedo featured upholstery and accessories that were crafted with the drivers comfort in mind. The Pontiac Torpedo Eight Series 27 sedan came with a 248•9 CID engine and a 119-inch wheelbase.

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1948 Pontiac Torpedo vehicle information

Six Cylinder Convertible

The 1946-1948 Pontiacs were very similar to the 1942 model introduced before Pontiac, like most other automobile companies, focused their attention on the war effort.....[continue reading]

1948 Pontiac Torpedo vehicle information

V8 Sport Coupe

Pontiac produced the sleek Torpedo models from 1940-1948, initially as the top of the line 8-cylidner model. In later years they would expand to offer both six- and eight-cylinder models.....[continue reading]

Six Cylinder Convertible
 
V8 Sport Coupe
 

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Price Comparison

1948 Torpedo
$2,075-$20,000
1948 Pontiac Torpedo Price Range: $1,505 - $2,075

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Pontiac
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)418,619
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)271,373
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)370,159
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)446,429
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)304,819
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)235,419
1947Chevrolet (671,546)Ford (429,674)Plymouth (382,290)230,600
1946Ford (468,022)Chevrolet (398,028)Plymouth (264,660)137,640

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