Tin Woody: 1950 Pontiac Streamliner Deluxe Station Wagon – Sold!

Mar 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

1950 marked a milestone year for GM station wagons as production shifted from labor-intensive and expensive-to-produce wood bodies to all-metal shells using woodgrain trim such as this example listed on Craigslist in Bern, North Carolina where the caretaker of the past eights years is asking $21,500.  Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Streamliner priced $300 above the current #3 “Good” estimate of $21,200.  

Excerpt from Hagerty Insurance:

Pontiac’s lineup was restyled in 1949 by Herman Kaiser along Harley Earl’s guidelines. The cars featured a full-width body and curved two-piece windshield common to Cadillac and Oldsmobile. Two models were built, the Streamliner and Chieftain, and both rode on a 120-inch wheelbase. Both could also be ordered with either a 239-cid six-cylinder L-head engine that made 90 hp, or a 248-cid straight-eight mill that developed 104 hp. Transmissions were the Hydramatic automatic (78%) and three-speed manual.

The Streamliner was Pontiac’s entry-level model. Pontiac Streamliners could be ordered as two-door sedan coupes, four-door fastback sedans, and an eight-passenger station wagon that could come with or without a Di-Noc exterior. DeLuxe trim could be added to any body style, which ultimately amounted to the addition of a full-length side spear and gravel guards to the rear fenders. Unique to the 1949 Streamliner was a sedan delivery body style, of which nearly 2,500 were manufacture. The car was aimed at the fleet market, much like Chevrolet’s sedan delivery, only it offered a V-8 option unlike the Chevy.

The 1950 Pontiac Streamliner was little changed from the previous year, except that the station wagon migrated to the Chieftain model, and the remaining cars wore a bolder grille. The 1951 model year marked the end of the fastback sedan body styles, leaving just a coupe. Options included a big sun visor and traffic light viewer, seven-tube radio, and Remington auto-home shaver. The price of 1950 Streamliner station wagons fell from $2,543 the prior year to $2264 for standard Sixes and from $2,690 to $2411 for Deluxe Eights due to the fact all-metal construction did not require final work be completed at either  Hercules Body Company or Iona Manufacturing.

This tin woody makes a compelling alternative to a traditional “Woody” wagon as it has the look with nowhere near the maintenance required.  With a freshly rebuilt straight eight connected to a freshly rebuilt transmission, as the new caretaker you’ll receive the benefit of those repairs without the cost.  Based on the pictures and description provided, we get the impression the current caretaker has his Streamliner well sorted and ready to start the cruise season.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Very nice running car. I’ve owned it since 2012, and have put @ 21,000 miles on it as a good weather driver. I’ve done everything necessary to fix stuff that didn’t work, along with a new interior, radial tires, and a brand new rebuilt straight 8 engine in October. The Hydramatic trans was rebuilt a couple years ago. Rides nice, doesn’t overheat.
Call Tom for further info. or email through CL. NO TEXTS PLEASE.
Will consider reasonable offers.

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