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Dusty Barn Find: 1932 Pontiac Series 402 Coupe

This 1932 Pontiac Series 402 Coupe is a sad-looking sight covered in dust in this shed. A previous owner treated it to a restoration in 1978, but it had been sitting in this location for years. A new owner has removed it from hiding and performed a remarkable transformation. He is ready to let someone else complete this process, so he has listed the Pontiac, which is located in Golden, Colorado, here on eBay. Bidding has reached $10,700, but this is still short of the reserve. If you are interested and want to bypass the auction process, there is also a BIN option of $15,000.

Now, isn’t that a remarkable transformation? When the owner dragged the car from hiding, the first thing that he did was treat it to an old-fashioned clean. After washing away decades of dust, he performed a buff and polish. This revealed two-tone blue paint that has survived extremely well since it was applied in 1978. It isn’t perfect, because there is some checking and a few other marks. However, if the Coupe is considered a driver-quality car, there is nothing that requires immediate attention. The owner doesn’t mention any rust issues, and there are none visible in the supplied photos. The chrome and trim are in excellent order, as is the glass. It looks like the wheels have held up well over the past few decades. This is always a consideration with older wire wheels because the spokes can be vulnerable to failure if they start to corrode. The tires are said to look good, but because they are more than 40-years-old, I would be inclined to replace them for safety’s sake.

One area of the Pontiac that won’t need to be touched is the interior. This was refurbished by the previous owner when the repaint was performed, and it still looks fine. The upholstery shows no wear or stains, while the headliner is just as impressive. I love the look of the dash because not only do the gauges look crisp and clear, but the Art Deco highlights add a touch of class.

This is as close as we get to seeing the engine, which is a shame. The Pontiac is powered by a 200ci flathead six-cylinder engine that should be producing 65hp. That power finds its way to the rear wheels via a 3-speed Muncie manual transmission. At 2,689lbs, the Coupe is not particularly heavy. That means that even though the motor’s power output is relatively minor, the Pontiac would have been considered to be a spritely performer in its day. When the owner purchased the vehicle, he performed all of the tasks required to return the car to a roadworthy state. He flushed and cleaned the fuel system and treated the car to an old-fashioned service. It had been sitting for more than 20-years, but it soon roared back into life. The owner says that it now runs and drives well, and if the buyer replaces the tires, this old girl is good to go

This 1932 Pontiac Series 402 Coupe is a great old classic, and it warms my heart to see it returned to a roadworthy state. The owner claims that there may only be around 70 of these left on the road today, which is a possibility. The company produced 39,059 examples of the Series 402 across all body styles in that model years, but finding a breakdown of numbers is difficult. So, if you are searching for an older classic that is slightly unusual, this could be the car for you.


  1. 86_Vette_Convertible

    A little maintenance, respoke the wheels and you have an immediate parade car. I like it but don’t have room for it.

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  2. Don Page

    1932 was the only year that a Pontiac was available with a V8 engine, until 1955. They used leftover Oakland flathead V8 engines. Very few were built and they called it Model 302.

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  4. Francisco Andrade

    Item no longer available. Someone got her.

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  5. BigDoc BigDoc

    So long to a nice car.

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  6. Tort Member

    With a BIN price at 15K it’s no surprise it’s gone. Nice car at a good price.

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