Custom Cruise Friday
During the “Golden Age” of automobiles, cars were built from big hunks of steel and had curb weight on par with a World War II battleship. The coupes and sedans of this era were built by true artists and reflected the style of the time period. This week’s Custom Cruise Friday Blog comes to us from Don Wheaton Service Department regular Dave Jeffares and his 1947 Pontiac Special Deluxe. An interesting fact about Pontiac cars produced in Canada versus those built in the States, is that the vehicles are wildly different. A Pontiac car built in Canada shared a frame and several components with Chevy cars. Pontiacs built in the U.S. were completely original vehicle with little to no commonality of parts.
Jeffares acquired his 1947 Pontiac while on a trip to Saskatchewan to bring his daughter to school for her Grade 10 year in 1987. As a long time collector and automotive enthusiast, Jeffares always checks out the local old car auto trader publications when he travels. In addition to bringing his daughter to private school he was able to get the car for an excellent price while avoiding a bidding war. It would appear that the car’s original owner was a bit of a wheeler and dealer. The owner tried to start a bidding war in his front yard between two prospective buyer before his wife put a stop to it because Jeffares had already put a deposit down and the original owner’s wife thought he should have right of first refusal.
“My wife and kids thought they were going to find me capsized on the side of the road,” Jeffares said. “Of course I was home when the finally caught up to me.”
The original owner and his son restored the Pontiac sedan back to near showroom quality in the early 70s and in due course got the vehicle in such reliable shape they drove the car from Saskatoon to Toronto and back, a round trip of 52 hours and nearly 6,000 kilometers. Jeffares keeps the sedan in daily-driving condition. In fact, he is a regular on the antique auto show circuit in and around the Edmonton area. As a member of a local antique car club, he and fellow club members bring their restored classic vehicles to local senior living facilities. When the residents come out to look at them it is an instant trip down memory lane.
“I was asked to drive a couple to the church for their Golden Anniversary reception,” Jeffares said. “When the couple came out they spent the first few minutes just staring at the car.”
The surprise for the lucky couple as well as Jeffares, was that his 1947 Pontiac was a near clone of the car that the couple took on their honeymoon 50 years before. Granted the vehicles weren’t an exact match for one another, but it was close enough for nostalgia’s sake on a special day for some special people.
Powering the 1947 Pontiac Special Deluxe is a straight six engine with a single barrel carburetor and a three speed transmission on the steering column, or “Three on the Tree” in automotive parlance. Jeffares has most of the needed maintenance and repairs done at the Don Wheaton Service Department. One of the most distinctive and striking features of the car is the “Indianhead” hood ornament and bold metal striping down the vehicle’s centerline.
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