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Lot 49
1946 Pontiac Streamliner Station Wagon


Selling on Wednesday


• One of the most sought-after Pontiacs of the era
• An original woodwork example in excellent condition
• Beautifully finished and accurately presented
• Room for eight passengers in woodgrain luxury

248 cid inline eight-cylinder engine, 103 HP, three-speed manual transmission, front independent coil springs, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, drum brakes; wheelbase: 122”

1946 was a very pivotal year for America, as the euphoria of ending World War II was now becoming the reality of turning the American economy back to civilian mode. During WWII, all civilian automobile production came to a halt, materials were hard to come by, and the labor force had been drafted by the military effort. Once over, Pontiac cranked up their factories, and it made sense to build updated versions of their existing pre-war lineup. No one knew it at the time, but the era of true wood-framed cars was quickly coming to an end, to be replaced by Di-Noc inserts and steel frames. But without a doubt, in 1946, owning a new Pontiac Streamliner was a sign of certain wealth and success.

This highly original Pontiac Woodie Station Wagon was beautifully restored throughout, with careful attention to detail and originality. Our consignor reports all the woodwork is original, with a recent refinish, and it certainly looks factory new. From the mahogany panels to the structural ash and the very cool rear split tailgate, it’s easy to see where the appeal of a true coachbuilt automobile comes from. Just check out the Ionia factory finger joints for evidence of the original craftsmanship these cars received. Woodie aficionados understand how critical it is having the original wood on a true wood-bodied car for both the accuracy and the intrinsic value of such a notable classic.

The correct Sable Black paint was expertly applied, and the car still exhibits very nice panel gaps and door fit. It has a fine deep shine that accents the original woodwork, as well as the restored chrome bumpers, crisp trim, and that cool “Chief” hood ornament. The vinyl roof is newer and, with fender skirts and wide whitewall tires, it’s a classic look that would be right at home on the ranch or the country club. The interior is nothing short of spectacular, with real wood door panels, lots of ash trim, and a classic dashboard full of chrome and Art Deco touches that look like new. A fully restored steering wheel matches perfectly, the original radio and heater are still in place, and the incredible saddle-colored simulated leather upholstery looks great on all three rows of seating. Seating for the driver and seven close friends with still more room for all the gear through the unique split tailgate access in the rear. The engine bay is a bone-stock restoration of the original 248 cubic-inch inline eight. Clean and highly correct, it shows the quality of the skilled craftsmen who restored the engine. It jumps to attention quickly, and idles silently, and it is no surprise that this fabulous Woodie gets a ton of attention at any AACA of POCI tour.

With the original Ionia woodwork still in place, and the definite style and grace of a true coachbuilt classic, this lovely Pontiac Streamliner stands ready for any tour or concours. It has the driving manners of a more modern car and exemplifies the very best of both eras. Upon inspection it is evident that it has been very well kept and maintained in it’s current Arizona home. Tremendously fun to drive and immediately recognizable, it’s a stellar example that will be a delight to share with all your friends.

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