Lot 50
1934 Pontiac 603 Sedan
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

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Selling on Wednesday

CHASSIS NO: 838799P8

• Possibly the most expertly restored example available
• Beautiful, well-built Art Deco style
• Pinnacle of Fisher body styling
• Terrific, spot-on maintenance
• Beautiful wide-whites and blue/black paint scheme


223 cid inline eight-cylinder engine, 84 HP, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive gear, four-wheel drum brake system, semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension; wheelbase: 117”


This 1934 Pontiac 603 sedan was purchased by its current owner from eBay in March 2001. It was delivered in unrestored condition from Owensboro, Kentucky to its new home in Phoenix, Arizona. With under 25,000 miles on the odometer, the car had seen little use after several decades of storage. Despite this, the sturdy Pontiac remained solid and showed little signs of its age. With a valve job, fuel tank cleaning and a good coat of wax, the Pontiac was on the road again, motoring its way around the greater Phoenix area with a few longer-range trips thrown in here and there. Anticipating a trek to Iowa for the Pontiac Flathead Reunion of 2009, the owner decided to have the engine overhauled in Tempe, Arizona. Regretfully, the car did not make the cross-country drive, throwing a rod bearing about halfway through the journey. Determined to bring his Pontiac up to speed, the owner brought the car to Mike Graham of Graham Performance Engines. While at GPE, it was outfitted with Babbitt bearings made specially by Hart’s Machine Shop in Cecil, Ohio. Upon completion of the rebuild, Mike informed the owner that the previous rebuild was substandard and incorrectly completed. Finally, in 2009, the Pontiac was successfully driven back across country, making it all the way to Phoenix with not one issue.

Over the next several years the car continued to be driven and enjoyed, winning many awards at local auto shows including the annual BOP show in Scottsdale, Arizona. At this point the owner added turn signals, an LED third brake light, and two sideview mirrors for the sake of safety. In addition, both bumpers were re-chromed, and an accessory trunk purchased and added to the car. In 2011, the owner once again attempted another cross-country road trip, but when the mechanic over-advanced the timing, the Pontiac once again did not make it. As a result, it was brought back to Mike Graham’s Garage, and with another overhaul of the engine, the car made it all the way from Ohio to Phoenix with no issues. Over the next few years, the car underwent a meticulous restoration including soda blasting parts of the frame, countless hours-worth of re-chroming, and a complete replacement of the entire interior to its original Mohair patterns from LeBaron Bonney/Hampton Coach of Amesbury, Massachusetts. For this restoration, the owner conducted extensive research to recreate the originality that would have been seen on this car when it had been delivered new to the showroom. Everything, down to the rubber patterns on the running boards from Hunley Acuff in Georgia and the grain of the interior trim wood from Crin Dema in Illinois, had been matched. Bob’s Automobilia provided the exact front floor rubber mat, and numerous additional parts were acquired from Steel Rubber Products, California Pontiac Restorations, eBay, local swap meets, and various other suppliers. Finishing off the details, Ron Hernandez of Ron’s Pinstriping hand painted the Lemon Yellow pinstriping to match the car’s originality. The result of this impressive restoration gives the prospective buyer a glimpse of what a 1934 Pontiac Model 603 such as this one would look like exactly, the day it rolled off the assembly line in Michigan. Since then, this car has been featured in Hemmings, a print copy of the issue to be included with the sale. In 2016, the car was outfitted with an overdrive gear by the late Lloyd Young of Winchester, Ohio where he, along with renowned machinist Glenn Metzler, installed the unit themselves.

This Pontiac comes well-equipped with original options including a functionally restored Pontiac Air Chief AM radio, premium heater, Supertone dual horn, bumper guards, and a right-hand tail lamp. In addition, this car has also been outfitted with chrome wheel rings and hubcaps, a new radiator ornament, a locking gas cap, and a rare antenna system that mounts below the running board. Expertly maintained, this Pontiac recently received new shocks, new rear wheel seals, a transmission rebuild, and new brake linings and drums. A Pertronix ignition has taken the place of the old points system with a new coil and ignition switch installed. A new six-volt alternator has replaced the original style generator, along with a new wiring harness added. The windshield and rear window glass, even including the seals and channels, have also been replaced. The car has since been strictly maintained to the recommended service/lubrication schedule and it even comes with additional spare parts, literature, manuals, maintenance guides, and original advertising materials. Simply put, there is undoubtedly no better 1934 Pontiac 603 Sedan quite like this one. Don’t miss out on the chance to own this truly exquisite, skillfully restored piece of Pontiac history.