1947 PONTIAC SEDAN
Chassis No. AYT900
Yellow and tan with tan interior
Engine: six-cylinders in line, sidevalve 222ci, 93.5hp at 3,400rpm; Gearbox: three-speed manual; Suspension: front, independent coil springs, rear, semi-elliptic springs; Brakes: hydraulic drum. Left hand drive.
When General Motors introduced the Pontiac marque in 1925 to plug a price gap just above the popular Chevrolet models, it became the first car to be planned and built using components from other GM divisions. The first Pontiac was a six-cylinder and for the next twenty years the division's good-looking sixes and straight-eights fitted neatly into GM's line-up, always more exclusive than Chevrolet, but never competing with the Cadillac flagships. It was a very successful policy; The Pontiac was ranked America's fourth best-selling make in the 1935 model year. In 1937, together with Oldsmobile and Buick, it was given new all-steel Turret Top styling on the closed versions, and there were hydraulic brakes and improved independent front suspension. Its Silver Streak styling was an early brainchild of Virgil Exner's, working under GM styling supremo Harley Earl's strategic guidance. Market studies revealed that the trim added to the pontiac's appeal and it long remained a feature.
With the introduction of the Streamliner in 1941, Pontiac's sales rose to record breaking levels. After the enforced break of World War II, production began again in 1946 with Streamliner and Torpedo eights and sixes as before. The two-door sedan, strongly detailed with its forward-jutting "b"-post and smoothly sloping rear roof, influenced automobile designers all over the world for the next decade.
This Pontiac Torpedo received a major mechanical restoration in 1986 through 1987. The entire engine underwent a nut and bolt overhaul including boring the block, installing cam bearings, reconditioning the push rods, regrinding the crank, refacing the lifters and all new pistons. A complete valve job including installing valve seats and guides, and cylinder head resurfacing was completed by Tyree's Classic Auto Restoration in Denair, California. The current owner purchased the car in June 1993 for his sixteen year old daughter. The Pontiac then was overhauled for safety purposes, including replacing the brake shoes and hoses, wheel cylinders, with attention to steering and fitting seat belts. There is a file of invoices for the Pontaic dating back to 1986, with the total amount spent equalling a little over $11,000. The special features on the car include a new radio and tape deck installed in the glove compartment, original black California license plates and rear wheel fender skirts. This Pontiac appears to have been well taken care of and is a fun example of an enjoyable 1940's classic.