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Pick of the Day: 1937 Pontiac ‘Silver Streak,’ but now aqua in color

Car has been modified inside and out, and is powered by a small-block Chevy V8

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“Like a Dick Tracy comic book gangster car pulled from the pages and come to life, this absolutely one-of-a-kind 1937 Pontiac Sedan was nicknamed  the ‘Silver Streak’ by GM when they launched the 1937 complete platform ground-up redesign,” writes the private owner and seller of the Pick of the Day. 

“Just don’t call this body-off full-steel restomod that began its new life in 2007 an antique,” the seller continues, explaining that while the car is “dripping with grace and style — it has NO LEAKS, rattles or squeaks of any kind.”  

“Performing like a modern-day vehicle that drives like a dream in town or at full highway speeds, she has made half a dozen cross -ountry trips floating across the landscape in perfect comfort at 75mph,” the seller says. “Some of those trips were to collect trophies, and some were just to see what lies beyond. Whether on the road, out for a quick jaunt or at the valet lane, you will garner more attention in this vehicle than a brand-new exotic or super car.”

Pontiac, Pick of the Day: 1937 Pontiac ‘Silver Streak,’ but now aqua in color, ClassicCars.com Journal

The car, appearing to be in spectacular condition in the photos that are part of the advertisement, apparently has been driven only 2,750 miles since its modification and rebirth.

According to the Standard Catalog of American Cars, for the 1937 model year Pontiac gave its Deluxe Series 26 vehicles a one-piece solid body with turret tops. 

“The hoodline was higher and the radiator grille was narrower,” the catalog reads.” Silver Streak moldings ran down the center of the hood and over the grille in waterfall fashion… New, one-piece front fenders with split-pear shape were used… A wider windshield with a rakish 39-degree slant gave a more-modern appearance. The six-cylinder hood ornament was a flat, solid Indian head.”

The Henderson, Nevada, seller of this restro-modded Silver Streak notes that it is “a turquoise head-turner that makes best friends everywhere she goes, the vehicle is mechanically flawless and ready to drive cross-country or to the far side of the moon.”

Pontiac, Pick of the Day: 1937 Pontiac ‘Silver Streak,’ but now aqua in color, ClassicCars.com Journal
Pontiac, Pick of the Day: 1937 Pontiac ‘Silver Streak,’ but now aqua in color, ClassicCars.com Journal

The color is actually Ford’s Aqua shade. Speaking of color, the headlamps are “angel eyes” with illuminated rings that can be turned a variety of colors.

Originally equipped by Pontiac with an 85-horsepower, 222cid inline 6-cylinder engine, the car now draws power from a 350cid Chevrolet V8 with a 4-barrel Edelbrock carburetor and linked to a 3-speed Turbo automatic transmission.

Suspension is independent from a Chevrolet Camaro up front, and it has disc brakes. The rear is from a Pontiac Firebird with a 2.73 ratio and drum brakes. Steering and braking are power assisted. Vintage aluminum Boyd’s wheels wear BFGoodrich tires. 

The steering wheel is from Boyd’s as well. The interior is finished in British wool tweed and the interior door skins have embossed Pontiac chief logos, as does the trunk. The interior is cooled by Vintage Air and has a power driver’s seat, windows, locks and a Stewart Warner “Wings” gauge set. Audio is via a 7-inch Kenwood DVD touchscreen with front and rear cameras. 

The seller, who says the car recently was appraised at $55,000, is asking $47,999 from its next owner. 

To view this vehicle, see Pick of the Day.

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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.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Ruined the car, painted all the chrome and put ugly
    Wheels on and steering wheel. Looks right out of the ninety-nine year not 2007. Those cars would of been crashed. Ugly,ugly

  2. Never paint the chrome on any car! Surprised they didn’t paint the chrome hood ornament. Wheels look like crap! At $48 K no thanks. I’m sure a super car would get more looks than this.

  3. If one can not say something nice about a person’s remodeled car then say nothing- everyone is a critic- opinions are like arm pits they all stink- Robert/bob we can’y please everyond

  4. Sometimes folks can take auto restoration too seriously. This looks like a fun car and a quality build. More than that though, the guy who restored this had a blast doing it I am sure. I hope he get’s what he is asking.

  5. Not sure how you make “ half dozen cross country trips” and have only 2750 miles since built. Unless you live in Switzerland

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