1942-1948 Pontiac Streamliner

The 1942-1948 Pontiac Streamliner was the last prewar Pontiac and its postwar continuations in the division's upper-priced series. Fresh pontoon-fender styling was changed only in detail during these years. Top-line Chieftain models are the pick among the rare 1942’s; only 11,041 Eights and 2,458 Sixes were built.

Choicest of the choice would be the wood-body wagon and the slick sedan-coupe. The convertible was relegated to the Torpedo line. Postwar hallmarks were triple chrome fender strips and a full-width grille on 1946’s, a simpler grille for 1947’s, and a top-of-the-grille nameplate on 1948’s.

The last Streamliners appeared with "Silver Streak" chrome script, a term earlier applied to Pontiac styling. DeLuxe versions of the four-door sedan, wagon, and sedan-coupe were offered for 1948 only. The 1948’s were also the first Pontiacs to offer Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.

Pluses of the 1942-1948 Pontiac Streamliner:

  • Among GM's nicer-looking mid-1940’s cars
  • Quality materials
  • Rarity of some models
  • Solid construction

Minuses of the 1942-1948 Pontiac Streamliner:

  • High maintenance on woody wagons
  • Indifferent performance
  • Lacks the appeal of concurrent Chevy's
  • 1942’s hard to find
  • Solid but stolid engines

Production of the 1942 Pontiac Streamliner:

  • Six: 12,742
  • Eight: 26,506

Production of the 1946 Pontiac Streamliner:

  • Six: 43,430
  • Eight: 49,301

Production of the 1947 Pontiac Streamliner:

  • Six: 42,336
  • Eight: 86,324

Production of the 1948 Pontiac Streamliner:

  • Six: 37,742
  • Eight: 123,115

Specifications of the 1942-1948 Pontiac Streamliner:
Wheelbase, inches: 122.0
Length, inches: 210.3

Weight, pounds: 3,400-3,870
Price, new: $1,030-$2,490 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1979 Pontiac 10th Anniversary Trans Am:

239.2 cid
248.9 cid

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