1936 Pontiac acclaimed most-beautiful street rod at Goodguys

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'Pindian' adds to its trophy collection | Goodguys photo

Robert Anderson’s 1936 Pontiac was awarded the 2018 BASF America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod award at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association’s recent 32nd West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California. 

Built by Legends Hot Rod Shop in Martin, Tennessee, Anderson’s Pontiac, named “Pindian,” was a Great 8 finalist for the Ridler Award at the 2018 Detroit Autorama and made the Top Five for Goodguys Street Rod of the Year last month in Columbus, Ohio. 

“The radical sedan has been stretched, chopped, stylized and refined into a sleek modern masterpiece,” the Goodguys said in the announcement. 

“It rides on a custom Roadster Shop chassis with a supercharged (Chevrolet) LT4 engine and beautiful one-off wheels from Evod Industries. The custom interior is highlighted by an incredible globe-shaped instrument cluster built by Dakota Digital.” 

The five finalists for the award included a diverse array of pre-’49 American vehicles. In addition to Anderson’s Pontiac, there was Pete Aardema’s ’34 Ford, powered by a big-block Chevy engine with Porsche heads; Jim Bridgewater’s ’37 Ford, built by All Ways Hot Rods and debuting at the event; Oksana Hansen’s ’32 Ford Fordor built by Tim Strange; and Greg Meyer’s ’33 Chevy roadster from A&M Deluxe Customs.

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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 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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