1948 Pontiac Silver Streak
Due to the depression Chevrolet and Pontiac Divisions were merged
together as a cost saving measure, and at one point GM execs
considered killing the Pontiac brand all together. A well heeled
gentleman named Frank Hershey swooped in and kept the brand alive.
He created the Silver Streak which was essentially a silver band
running down the center of the hood which would distinguish
virtually the same parts from Chevy and Pontiac with something as
simple as a chrome band! Now Pontiac had a visual brand
For consignment, a 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak which is in very good
condition, has styling to beat the band courtesy Harley Earl, a
beautiful color combo, lots of chrome, and a very comfortable
interior which drips Art Deco design motifs. Our consigner states
the engine underwent a complete rebuild with less than 200 miles
clocked on it since the rebuild. New brakes, and that rear wiper,
which was certainly a first, all in working condition. With this
car turn the key and go and show.
One would be tempted to start upfront, however the distinguishing
factor to this car is it is a post war car, and a year prior to the
newly introduced post war designs. The torpedo back with its long
smooth line that takes a deep dive smoothly downward and including
on the way a rounded curved rectangular rear glass complete with a
rear windshield wiper, (remember its 1948 WHO came up with that?).
It also includes its namesake the tri bands of curving downward
chrome beginning just below the rear glass and heading toward the
trunk lever hence the name silver streak. A wrap around bumper with
some added trimmings in top frames the bottom of this car.
Presenting in two tone black main and silver accenting on the doors
and just above the bulbous fenders on back the paint is nearly
perfect. Moving forward there is a black painted bulbous rear
fender which neatly frames the rear doors which conform in their
lower shape to the fender. A britework gravel guard adorns the
front of each rear bump out, and this car is complete with fender
skirts somewhat hiding chrome plated wheel discs on all 4 corners.
As we move to the front fender more curvaceous lines than a pinup
gal and some spear moldings throw in just to add a bit of motion
when standing still. The front fenders are indeed impressive as
they spill into the front doors and dive downward mid door to the
small but still remaining running board. Upfront the silver painted
hood is beautifully rounded and is housing a 4 bar front grille and
another curved bumper with added guards and signal lights on the
lower bar just absolve the bumper. Noticeably evident is the silver
streak making its way from the grille to the split windshield. On
top of the bands is an art deco styled Chief face complete with a
winged headdress in chrome. Wide whites wrap those chromed dishes
and a hint of red is on the wheels just as a small band prior to
Inside a metal dash has a faux wood grained wrapped dash which has
some beautifully bezeled instruments in front of the warm white
bakelite wheel and its central chief badge. Vertical ribs curve
downward on the radio speaker just below the original push button
radio. A lineup of bakelite knobs also in warm cream are on the
bottom of the dash. Door panels are using fuzzy broadcloth in tan
and stitched with a square pattern. Bands of chrome separate the
uppers and lowers from the tan squared pattern panel and present in
gray fuzzy broadcloth. Shiny knobs and actuators and cranks are
present in the doors as well. Inside, like new gray broadcloth is
tufted and buttoned on the backs and has an overstuffed seat.
Bolsters are a tub within which these gray couches sit. In the back
plenty of luxurious legroom is covered in clean gray carpeting, and
another tufted and buttoned gray broadcloth couch is for the rear
passengers. Mohair covers the headliner and appears to be
Under the hood within a pristine engine bay is a 248.9ci Inline
6-cylinder mill. It is topped by a rebuilt 1-barrel carb with an
oil bath air cleaner. On back is the newly introduced 4-speed
Hydramatic automatic transmission which links in the very back to a
4.11 rear axle. All looking good under this hood and our consignor
states the engine was completely rebuilt by Willow Automotive in
Willow NY approximately 200 miles ago. To keep things running tip
top, the engine was treated to all new belts and hoses, a recored
radiator, a rebuilt starter and rebuilt generator in 2021.
Thick spray on undercoating has done its job as it is virtually
structurally rust free. A few spots if surface rust is united on
the exhaust, driveshaft and rear pumpkin. The rockers are solid,
brake lines are looking very nice, and they pump hydraulic fluid to
the 4-wheel drum brakes which have had their drums turned and new
shoes installed in May 2022. Independent coil sprung front, and
leaf springs for the rear provide the glide as you snake your way
through those country backroads.
I hopped in this classic mass of Detroit Iron, and was immediately
struck how comfortable the seats were. Also, the dash is striking
with its instrument cluster and radio setup. With a few quick
movements the engine came to life thanks to a new battery in 2021.
All was working save for the horn and the radio would not turn on
(possibly a tube?), and even the rear wiper is functional. It's a
smooth runner, a great eye-catching cruiser and a not oft seen car
as it is not known how many exactly were produced, but it was only
one year prior to the post war intros that hit the floors in
Two tone silver and black, the silver streaks running through the
center of the hood and trunk lid, a torpedo design, 4 doors and
wonderfully comfortable interior , and bumpy out bulbous fenders to
die for this car exudes late 40's styling. Look up in the sky!!!
It's a bird, no it's a plane no...it's a Silver Streak and it's
driving down the highway at amazing speed. The car dinner bell is
ringing for someone. Come on in chief.
P-Pontiac, MI Assy Plant
50458-Sequential Unit Number
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barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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