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Stunning resto-mod: 1951 Pontiac wagon


There are times when we search through the ClassicCars.com website for Pick of the Day candidates and click quickly through the advertisements. There are other times when we find a car so stunning in its appearance that we have to stop and read about it. The Pick for today is such a car.

It’s a 1951 Pontiac wagon that has been given a resto-mod transformation.

“The engine, transmission, suspension, brakes, wheels, electric system, air conditioning/heat, fuel system and sound system are all in top working order,” the private seller says in the advertisement. 

And the results appear to be spectacular. 

The seller says $33,000 was invested into the build, and that doesn’t include sweat equity. 

“A binder with all the material receipts will accompany the car,” the seller’s advertisement promises.

The ’51 Pontiac body was chopped and mounted on a 1973 Pontiac Grand Prix chassis. The grille was taken from a 1954 Buick, the front bumper from a 1947 Plymouth, the license-plate holder from the 1941 Ford.

The engine is a 1971 Pontiac 400 V8, with 650 Edelbrock car and Edelbrock manifold, Thorley headers, and is linked to a Turbo 400 automatic transmission. The wagon has disc brakes, power steering and a stainless exhaust by Ferrari Hot Rods.

The interior is leather, with neoprene seat covers. There’s a 5-inch Pro Comp tach in a custom bezel, tilt steering column, 10-inch Alpine subwoofer and 400-watt Orion amp, even a video screen that retracts into the dash.

And the list goes on. 

That eye-catching color is Sunburst orange metallic with ghost flames on the front fenders and custom pinstriping. The odometer shows 42,500 miles.

The car is located in Huntington Beach, California, and the asking price is $29,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. That is a rare Pontiac Sedan Delivery, not a wagon. Although a lot of work was put into the car, I think it would have been a better restomod without chopping the body so much.


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