The Pick of the Day exemplifies exactly what is meant by a resto-mod, a 1954 Pontiac Star Chief convertible in original style and trim, albeit slightly lowered and fitted with modern drivetrain, brakes and steering so that it can be driven with the comfort and reliability of a new car.
No, it won’t win any awards for originality, and Pontiac purists might look askance, but the concept here is that you can have your cool old car and drive it, too.
The Pontiac has been “finished in Light Blue paint with excellent chrome, glass, stainless and premium black canvas power convertible top with Dark Blue vinyl boot,” according to the Eugene, Oregon, dealer advertising the convertible on ClassicCars.com.
But the car also is “very comfortable to drive with Dark Blue vinyl interior, tilt steering column, and one-of-a-kind custom steering wheel,” the dealer notes. “Runs perfect and is quiet and efficient with the 5.3 Vortec LS V8 engine and electronic overdrive automatic transmission. Drives like a dream with power disc brakes and power steering.”
“This is a perfect cruise-night, date-night, out-on-the-town night car!” the dealer adds. And one that won’t strand you on the side of the road.
There are several trains of thought on the way this car is presented: the ’54 Pontiac is a wonderful vintage car that should have been restored to original; this lovely convertible deserved to be updated for modern driving chores; or, it could be made into a groovy custom street rod with all the trimmings.
I tend to favor Door No. 2, which is what’s been done here. I drive my old cars regularly, and this one could be taken out any time for a road trip without worry, and in appropriately vintage style. All-original restoration would have turned it into a garage queen, and street rodding would have changed it into something altogether different.
Naturally, any one of these three options would be correct, depending on your taste and outlook, and what you intend to do with the car.
This resto-mod looks like it was built properly with the right components, and is fairly priced at $39,900.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.