Like almost every other American motor manufacturer, Pontiac recommenced civilian production in 1946 with what were essentially 1942 models. Two ranges were offered, Torpedo and Streamliner, both of which were available with six- or eight-cylinder engines, the latter being the larger and more expensive. Pontiacs of this period are often referred to by the ‘Silver Streak’ name, a reference to their multiple chromed hood strips. This styling device was first introduced in the mid-1930s but the ‘Silver Streak’ name would not actually appear on a Pontiac until the 1948 range was announced.
This model of Pontiac, commonly known as the Silverstreak, was originally introduced in 1941 although production ceased the following year due to America’s entry into World War 2. The model, little changed, went back into production from 1945 to 1948. Available in both 6 cylinder and 8 cylinder variants in a range of body styles from Woody station wagons to Streamliner Coupes.
South Africa had long been a good market for GM who had established a factory in Port Elizabeth in 1926 where this car, an original right drive, 6 cylinder model, was built in 1948. The current owner brought it to the UK in 2008. He undertook a significant mechanical rebuild including the engine, steering, suspension, brakes, exhaust, upgrade to 12v etc. and there are bills for parts and labour of around £12,000 including a new set of white wall tyres. The car had already been nicely reupholstered in South Africa although the respray carried out the same time does have some blemishes. It was MoTed and UK registered in May last year and has been used regularly on the road since then.