Streamlined Find: 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak

Some cars are graced with style and innovation like this ’48 Pontiac Silver Streak. With its neat and unique streamlined design, this 2 door coupe is almost like a slick back hatchback. Earning big points in the styling department, as well as being in very nice condition, this Pontiac seems like a reasonable project for the $4,500 price tag. Check out this neat Silver Streak here on craigslist out of Boston, Massachusetts. Thanks to reader Peter Rettig for the “streamy” submission!

In my opinion the styling is fantastic, and unique. Apparently I am not the only person to share that opinion as Pontiac saw great success in 1948 as the Streamliner made up 66% of their sales. Last driven in 1989, this Pontiac has been barn stored for 28 years, but appears remarkably solid with what appears to be original paint. The 249 cubic inch inline 8 is not currently running and is backed up by an automatic transmission. After 28 years of hibernation, this Pontiac likely needs a mechanical going over to get it roadworthy once more.

One thing that is easily noticeable is that the paint looks great, but there are a few small areas where surface rust has developed. It is difficult to say whether or not the paint is original, but in this instance it looks nice enough to maintain. The only let down with the exterior is that there is some rust on the chrome. Re-chroming these rusty parts would really move this Streamliner up a notch in condition and appearance. Overall the body is very straight with no evidence of rust blisters or rot. There is a minor dent in the rear driver fender, but overall this car is very straight. The rear bumper is currently not installed, but is included. Despite the lack of interior photos, this Pontiac looks to be worth the gamble. Would you pick up this clean streamlined Pontiac?

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  1. jdjonesdr

    Straight out of Roger Rabbit. What a beast!

  2. redwagon

    always amazed at how streamlined the entire car looks – except the front end. that just looks like a chrome brick moving through time and space.

  3. Ben T. Spanner

    Wouldn’t this have a 4 speed hydromatic? Lots better than the competitor’s Dynaflow and Chrysler semi-automatics. I wonder if a later Pontiac V8 would bolt up.

  4. Vince Habel

    I am not an expert but I think this is a sedan.

    • KEN TILLY Member

      Never heard of a 2 door being known as a sedan.

      • fordfan

        Two door sedan has a post two door hardtop has no post

    • Byron T Guthrie

      The Chevy model was called the Aerosedan.

  5. Graywolf

    I would check the hood. Why would you strap the car across the hood? Hopefully it didn’t get towed to far or on a bumpy road! WOW!

    • Old Car Guy

      A lot of flippers are total idiots. There is a right and a wrong way to do things and a lot of flippers do the wrong things often to the detriment of these poor cars.

  6. Mark

    Probably holding hod only. Has tow straps front and back axles

  7. RoughDiamond RoughDiamond Member

    Gone already like a Silver Streak!

  8. Chris

    I just purchased this car. Plans are to keep it 100% as original as possible. The body is a rust free as the pictures show.

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Congratulations, Chris! Please share some pictures with us as you progress!

    • LAB3

      Looks like a nice solid car at a very reasonable price, good luck!

    • GP Member

      Good for you Chris, I like that body style. Keep us posted.

  9. Chris

    I absolutely will. Interior is non existent. Seat frames are all there and dash is intact. Has original radio and clock.

  10. Brent

    I’m pretty sure this is a Torpedo sedan coupe (I’ve got a ’47). Streamliner had slightly different window trim.

  11. Dale Leier

    I was going to jump on it but the listing has been deleted.

  12. Dave at OldSchool Restorations

    …….. This is NOT a Coupe… These are GM Sedans

    ……..Once again…..

    Just because a car has 2 doors, does NOT mean it is a Coupe…

  13. Chris

    Rolled off the trailer into my garage this week

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