EXCLUSIVE: Pristine 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak

We don’t often think of Pontiac as a luxury brand, but for a time they built some beautiful and luxurious cars. Take reader Rasha A’s 1948 Pontiac Steamliner. Given the incredible styling and powerful inline 8, when you saw one of these coming down the road, it was nothing more than a silver streak of light! Alright, so that was just clever marketing, but all the chrome really would light up and the big 8 would get you going down the road nicely. Rasha’s car is in very nice condition inside and out. It’s been freshened up a bit but looks to be quite original and would be a lovely car to have. If you are interested in giving this survivor a new home, be sure to contact Rasha via the form below!

What Makes It Special? Always garaged and in mint condition professional appraised as category 2 out of 6 ratings, which is described as Fine condition.

Body Condition: The body is in excellent condition.

Mechanical Condition: Working condition maintained, inspected and oil changed. All standard 1948 Pontiac equipment plus (but not limited to) I-8 engine, Hydramatic automatic transmission, heater/defroster, under-hood light, reverse light, am radio, windshield wipers, full wheel covers, car cover. This vehicle has been refinished but is otherwise fundamentally original and in excellent condition showing only the most minor of wear and tear.

You don’t see cars like this too often anymore, which really is a shame. It really is a masterpiece of styling and chrome work. While not as well appointed as a Cadillac or Lincoln of the day, these were really comfortable cars, especially with that smooth Silver Streak inline 8 and it’s 108 horsepower and 190 ft-lbs of torque. Just look at that wooden dash, with a dash like that you know you are riding in comfort and style! Overall, this really is a beautiful can and will be a pleasure to own. So, be sure to contact Rasha with any questions or to make an offer.

  • Asking Price: $22,000
  • Location: Mamaroneck, New York
  • Mileage: 71,051
  • Title Status: Clean
  • VIN: P8PB2161

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Comments

  1. Wayne from Oz

    It’s not a wooden dash, it’s Woodgrained metal.

  2. TimM

    There’s enough metal in the dash board to get three Toyota’s

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  3. Rodney - GSM

    A stunning well preserved car. Just beautiful. Must be hard to let it go….

  4. JerryDeeWrench Member

    Best of all it has a tissue despncer. I love it.

  5. Smokey Member

    I love the exhaust sound from all of these early flathead straight eights, the Packards, the Chrysler New Yorkers, the Pontiacs, the Buicks, the Oldsmobiles . I would also like to include Duesenbergs, just because….and I know it’s not a flathead.

    • Barney

      The Buick wasn’t a flat head either but I agree with you, nothing runs quit as well as an in-line eight or sounds as cool

  6. IkeyHeyman Member

    With the pre-war styling, this car probably doesn’t appeal to a lot of people, but I grew up around cars like this and think it looks great.

  7. JP

    This Pontiac was built with quality not quantity!

  8. David Payne

    I grew up with Pontiacs driven by bankers, doctors, teachers, and businessmen. I disagree with people not considering Pontiac being a luxury car. They were in my part of America. In the ’50s if you had a Pontiac, you had arrived.

  9. Stevieg Member

    Listening to these comments about this car makes me not regret paying off the 1951 Pontiac convertible. I am getting more & more excited about getting my hands on it & trying to figure out how to get it driving.
    This here is a beauty! I hope whoever buys it continues to preserve it like it is.

    • Del

      A wonderfull car.

      Nada says between 16 and 27 grand.

      Price probably not out of line considering condition.

      But afraid no demand so price going to have to come down

  10. Glen Riddle

    My father had the 1946 version of this; practically the same car but his was three-on-the-tree. It’s the car I came home from the hospital in as a newly “manufactured” human in 1948…same year when the feature car was born! Of course I don’t remember his car as he traded it on a new 1952 Pontiac sedan. My parents owned 22 Pontiac sedans and wagons over 60+ years!
    GLWTS!!

  11. Kevin Tapply

    These are truly beautiful cars designed at a time when the American Automobile Industry was just beginning a huge transition. Unfortunately, the cars of this era, 1947-1955 (with a few exceptions), but especially the 4-doors, are soon to become part of a “Lost Generation”. Hagerty recently published a report on car values by year of manufacture and this era is on a steady decline in value. I truly hope that the seller can find just the right buyer for his asking price, but it’s likely to take some time.

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