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Seller Location: San Antonio, TX
Car Location: Motostalgia Austin, TX
Seller Type: Venture Collector
1 to 6 Grade Condition: 2+
1948 Pontiac Torpedo
Designer: Harley Earl


08/2015 e-Auction Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000


Chassis Number: K8PA3979
Engine: Inline 6 Cylinder
Single Barrel Downdraft Carburetor / 65  bhp
Hydromatic Transmission
Front Disc Rear drum Brakes
Mileage: 53,345 Showing Not Documented


  • Last year for the Torpedo
  • Recent Professional Restoration
  • Reliable Driver and Comfortable Cruiser


The Model - Another of Harley Earl’s designs, the Torpedo, has an eight year production run that would be built first on the C body platform and in its second generation on the A body platform. Most of the second generation bodies were styled as notch backs, however a few did receive a fastback upgrade that set them apart from the crowd. Ending in 1948 the Torpedo would be called the Chieftain in 1949.

The Car - Recently Restored to the high standard this Pontiac’s cream paint shows very well and fresh. All metal body is very straight with no apparent signs of bondo or body work.   As the top quality restoration focus was turned to the interior, period correct materials and colors were used to finish the seats and door panels in gray cloth accented with a brown painted dash. The straight six cylinder engine runs very strong properly showing just the right amount of patina to bring you back to the good ol’ days. With all of the hard work out of the way, this Pontiac is simply ready to be enjoyed.

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