Garaged Drop-Top: 1927 Pontiac Sport Cabriolet

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Over the past few years we have seen the death of many historic American brands, including iconic brands such as Pontiac and Oldsmobile. This 1927 Pontiac Sport Cabriolet was built during the company’s second year of operation and is still in impressive condition. It has been parked on blocks in this Oregon garage since 1960 and was cared for on a regular basis for all these years. It is now running and driving, but could use a little work. It is currently in Portland, Oregon and can be found here on eBay.

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Pontiac is most known for the muscle cars it built during the late ’60s and early ’70s, but when GM introduced the marque in 1926 it was initially to be a budget brand. Over the following years it developed into GM’s performance branch. For the ’27 model year, Pontiac introduced two new body styles. One was this two door Sport Cabriolet with rear rumble seat and the other was a two door Roadster.

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The previous owner tried to take good care of it and turned the motor by hand several times a year and changed the oil every ten years. When the seller got it, they changed all the fluids and were able to get it to start right up. They claim the motor runs nicely, but the fuel system has been left untouched and will need to be gone through. The exterior is in need of the most attention, as the current paint job isn’t the best. This Pontiac should be wearing Duco brand lacquer paint, but someone brushed on its current paint and didn’t do the best job. It presentable as is and shows great patina, but could benefit from new paint.

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This is a beautiful vehicle and has potential, but it needs some attention. It’s sad to see brands like Pontiac go the way of the Dodo Bird, but all we can do about it is be grateful for the gems that were built by these iconic brands and make sure they aren’t forgotten. Hopefully someone will snatch this one up and get it back on the road. Are there any takers?

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Comments

  1. J. Pickett

    Make sure it’s safe and drive it as it is. Once you start getting into things like the paint, one thing will lead to another. They are only original once.

  2. tim policandriotes

    My dad has a red one like that .He had a 28 sedan in high school so he bought several to relive his past.Has a 27 Taxi cab too.Can’t show him this ,no more room in the building LOLO.

  3. Dolphin Member

    Compared to that recent Dodge Coronet, this is a total contrast, and is exactly the right way to sell this terrific vintage Pontiac: lots of really good quality photos, including enlargable detail shots of the engine and underside, a reasonable starting bid, and a good description of the car that respects the car, the sales process, and potential buyers’ intelligence. This is the way you want to see a car like this sold. The right buyer should have no hesitation to travel to see and maybe buy this car.

    Did I say this is a terrific Pontiac? We had some flathead straight-8 Pontiacs in our family many years ago and liked them a lot—very solidly built and they ran forever. This one is a straight-6 flathead, which should have enough power to drive this light Cabrio down the road well. The ‘Chieftan’ mascot, the elegant radiator surround, and the fold-back soft top really set this car apart and make it even more desirable.

    I hope this Pontiac sells to someone who will recondition the mechanicals that need it, then maybe clean it up a bit without destroying the patina, and then just drive it. If the reserve is reasonable, someone could get a great vintage car that they can enjoy for years without spending much. This is the kind of car you can really enjoy seeing at your local Show ‘N Shine to see what the fine old Pontiac brand was all about back in the 1920s.

    • paul

      Right on & yes very cool grille ornament, never seen that one.

    • Rick

      Even though it’s called a cabriolet, the top actually doesn’t fold down, it’s for looks only.

  4. scot c

    ~ recondition mechanically and drive it. great radiator cap. can i bid on that?

  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    Now this is a barn find I really like to see. I hope that the new owner tries to keep it as original as possible. That includes all that modern stuff that found its way into the engine compartment.

  6. SLXTC

    The Pontiac Chief.
    Haven’t seen him in a long time.
    What a kuwell head.

  7. Chris H.

    My brother still has the 37 Pontiac that we restored with my dad many years ago. It has about 18,000 original miles, and the interior is untouched.

  8. Chris

    I’m curious about the wheels especially if they are entirely original, they appear wood, but did cars in the ’20’s come with metal wheels that looked like wood? What is the cost for four new wheels if they really are wood? But this is a pretty car, along with the landau top, the grill and hood ornament really make it special.

    • Craig

      Wood wheels They even look true….flat….not wobbly

  9. twwokc1

    Hope the new owner just sorts it out, drives & enjoys it. There is a story here and the car needs to be left alone to tell it.

  10. FRED

    MAKE IT SAFE AND DRIVABLE AND DRIVE,DRIVE,DRIVE. I WOULD EVEN MAKE IT MY DAILY DRIVER.GREAT FIND AND BEST OF LUCK TO THE NEW OWNER..DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT, IT’S TOO NICE TO BE LOCKED AWAY IN SOMEBODY’S COLLECTION UNLESS THE COLLECTOR DRIVES HIS CARS LIKE JAY LENO DOES.

    • Steve

      2013 …… Still didn’t find the CAPS lock huh ….

  11. Steve

    Kudos to the seller’s excellent photos and details .
    Some could learn a lesson .

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