You know custom builds like this are rarely this affordable, so this 1949 Pontiac Streamliner is a great opportunity. With air ride controls, a custom interior, a unique exterior, and small block power, this is already quite alluring. But when you throw in extras like the flame-thrower exhaust and Chip Foose signature on the dash – well now you know how special this irresistible deal really is!
The Streamliner design is the perfect place to begin a full custom build. Not only does it have a great aerodynamic silhouette that lives up to its name, but there’s always a unique attraction of bringing a less-seen Pontiac to the car show. This one really grabs attention, because they made sure to customize the build from every angle. Up front, the custom grille and wraparound bumper have an amazing chrome smile. Plus, with frenched headlights, cat eye covers, windshield cover, dual spotlights, and custom vents in the hood – this one make a lasting first impression. The side is extra smooth with the shaved door handles, chrome wheels with half-moon covers, and the rear fender skirts. It all ends with a custom chrome bumper and rear glass that has an etched design. And this full custom presentation is wrapped in a very cool matte blue that provides a terrific showcase for all the custom pinstriping. While this one has cool lake pipes on the side, you know the exhaust is coming out of the rear… and just so everyone else knows it, too, there are provisions for a flamethrower system on the rear dual exhaust. Inside the full custom treatment continues. The darker blue and white pinstriping of the exterior seems to have been the inspiration for the interior color combo. Plus, while Pontiac might have been known for their easy cruising in the ’40s, they never offered pillow-top seating for individual comfort like this. The full flame Colorado Customs steering wheel and Hurst shifter instantly make this feel sporty. And as you gaze across the dash, there are a ton of great upgrades like the AM/FM/CD stereo, air ride controls, and provisions air conditioning. But the custom piece on the dash you’ll love the most is Chip Foose’s signature. It proves that he was a fan of this one, and it truly makes this Pontiac a one-of-a-kind.
Under the hood is one of the best upgrades of all. A small block Chevy is exactly what we love to see for both power and reliability. It has been given plenty of flair with the bright air topper, steel-braided hoses, and the blue and chrome valve covers. Because they are so adaptable, this 350 cubic-inch V8 has nice upgrades that include an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor, Edelbrock intake, and glasspack-style dual exhaust to give this kind of rumble you expect this custom to have. But more than just nice performance, you’re looking at a classic that was built to cruise with a Powerglide automatic transmission and power steering. Plus, the full air ride controls mean once you arrive at your destination, you can watch jaws drop as you lower the whole suspension for the perfect stance. This has the appeal of a lead sled Mercury with even more distinction.
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