1939 Pontiac 2-Door Sedan - $36,900
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The sleek 2-door sedan look will stand out at shows and this car’s road manners are better than almost any other rod we’ve ever featured.

There are really two kinds of hot rods: those that are built for speed and those built for comfort. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, of course, but this handsome 1939 Pontiac is built for the guy who likes the look of a vintage car with the performance comfort of a modern car. And with a supercharged small block, it’s no slouch in the performance department, either. Beautifully built by a well-known professional (who even hosted his own radio show about cars), it’s one of those rare fully-functional rods that simply works like it’s supposed to. Get in, turn the key, drive cross-country. This car really does make it that easy.

The late ‘30s made for some great cars. By that time, cars were big, comfortable, and stylish, and each brand still had their own distinctive look. This 1939 Pontiac offers a wonderful streamlined look with distinct styling details that make it stand out from its corporate cousins. 1939 was the final year for headlight buckets separate from the front fenders, and the deeply Vee’d nose and “waterfall” style grilles add to the highly detailed look. The bodywork is 100% OEM steel, no fiberglass, and you can see that GM stylists went out of their way to create something special. The roof has been chopped ever so slightly and was so neatly done that you’ll need a stock one to really see how it was done—they even managed to keep the front crank-open vent windows! Some of the trim has been shaved, but details like the original grilles, hood vents, and stand-up taillights are original 1939 Pontiac items and the hood ornament represents the Pontiac “Silver Streak” theme that would be part of their marketing for decades. The handsome blue and gray paint job will look elegant and appropriate for decades to come and even though it was finished nearly 20 years ago, it still looks spectacular. Seriously, this car looks like it was finished two years ago, not two decades ago!

Other things you might have missed: check out the headlights, which have not only been Frenched into their buckets, but also feature indicator lights discreetly fitted to their sides. The bumpers are original 1939 Pontiac pieces, complete with accessory bumper guards and all refinished for show. The hood opens normally, but the hood sides are also removable and the car can be driven with the hood sides removed for a totally different look (and to show off the supercharged small block). There are blue-dot taillight lenses out back as well as a recessed power antenna on top of the trunk, a nice detail. Finally, the running boards were just fitted with correct rubber mats to make them a bit more useful.

The gray cloth interior uses a power track under the original bench seat and comfortable upholstery to make this the idea long-haul cruiser. A ‘60s Impala steering wheel dresses things up a bit, but that’s the original dashboard so it looks right at home in the vintage Poncho. You’ll note a polished stainless insert holding a full array of Stewart-Warner gauges, as well as a boost gauge underneath. Ice cold A/C was neatly installed in a custom housing under the dash and painted to match the bodywork so it looks like it belongs there and the radio is a freshly installed Boss multi-function AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo with a fold-out touch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and even a back-up camera. It’s pretty trick. A tilt column, cruise control, two-speed wipers, plush carpets, and even a digital clock in the center of the dash make this vintage Pontiac as practical as your late-model daily driver. Again, check out the clever details like the multiple courtesy lights that are all fully functional, the 4-point harnesses up front and OEM-style lap belts in tack, and the power seat controls on top of the dash. The headliner was upholstered to match the rest of the interior and is in fantastic condition, and all the garnish moldings were painted to give a contrasting look. Even the trunk is neatly detailed with gray carpets, a spare tire cover, and a fire extinguisher. This is perhaps the most well-thought-out rod we’ve ever seen!

Power comes from a 350 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 that runs a GMC 4-71 blower with a Carter AFB 4-barrel carburetor for fuel. Inside you'll find a 4-bolt main block and a steel crank to stand up to more boost than it's making today, plus a Wolverine cam and a set of Harland Sharp roller rocker arms on a set of ported 202 heads. It’s not at all radical, with a nice idle and no fussiness on the road. Turn the key and it starts! However, it does offer a big hit of torque at any speed and you can’t get your foot on the floor fast enough to outrun the needle on the boost gauge, which snaps up to 6 PSI the moment you crack the throttle. This thing moves RIGHT NOW! Lots of polished aluminum and chrome dresses up the engine bay, and you’ll note once again that thoughtful details abound, from the built-in courtesy light to the neatly routed and labeled wiring, to the color-matched power brake booster and master cylinder. The A/C system uses R134a refrigerant to make it easy to service and a big electric fan keeps everything cool. This car has made multiple long-distance trips without incident and the proven hardware should last almost indefinitely if you keep using synthetic oil as it has from day one. You want a rod you can drive without anyone complaining about the ride? This is it!

Underneath there’s a reinforced frame with a late-model GM front subframe that includes power brakes and power steering, so it’s as easy to handle as any modern car. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission has a modest shift kit so it snaps through the gears without being too aggressive, and 3.23 gears in the GM 10-bolt out back means this is a superlative highway cruiser. Long-tube headers feed a custom dual exhaust system with mellow-sounding mufflers and the suspension uses tube shocks at all four corners for a great ride. This certainly doesn’t feel like an 80-year-old car from behind the wheel! The stance is just about perfect—a little aggressive but with enough ground clearance so you don’t have to worry—and it sits on fresh chrome wheels with baby moon hubcaps and staggered 205/70/14 front and 235/75/15 rear blackwall radials.

This Pontiac also includes extensive documentation, including receipts, manuals, and instructions for all the various components.

This is one heck of a car with all the modern conveniences packed into a right-sized package. The sleek 2-door sedan look will stand out at shows and this car’s road manners are better than almost any other rod we’ve ever featured. If you want a true no-compromises old car that anyone can drive, you won’t be able to do much better than this. Call today!

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Vehicle: 1939 Pontiac 2-Door Sedan
Price: $36,900
Stock Number: 116060
Mileage: 37,511
VIN: 392511
Engine: 350 cubic inch supercharged V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3.23
Wheelbase: 120 inches
Wheels: Front: 14x6, Rear 15x7 chrome wheels
Tires: Front: 205/70/14, Rear: 235/75/15 radials
Exterior Color: Silver Blue
Interior Color: Gray cloth
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