Pontiac Strato-Streak

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Pontiac Strato-Streak
Body and chassis
ClassConcept car
Body style4-door hardtop
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
EnginePontiac straight-eight engine[1]
Wheelbase124 in (3,149.6 mm)
Height54.7 in (1,389.4 mm)
PredecessorPontiac Bonneville Special
SuccessorPontiac Club de Mer

The Pontiac Strato-Streak was a show car built by Pontiac for the 1954 General Motors Motorama. Its design was inspired by Pontiac's Catalina and mechanically it was based on the Star Chief's underpinnings, it had a 124 in (3,149.6 mm) wheelbase and was only 54.7 in (1,389.4 mm) high. The Strato-Streak was designed as a fiberglass 4-door hardtop, with four swivel bucket seats for easier entry, no center "B" pillar and with the four doors of the sedan opening from the center outwards. As the rear doors opened into the wind, these were fitted with special locks to prevent opening unless the car was stopped and in neutral.[1]

The interior was done in beige leather and gold metallic nylon. The controls for safety and convenience accessories were located on the drive shaft tunnel.[1] It was initially finished in metallic green, but was repainted iridescent metallic red and renamed the Strato Streak II.[1] The "Strato-Streak" name was later used on Pontiac's all-new small block overhead-valve V-8 engines from 1955 to 1957.[2] The concept car was used to introduce the all-new Pontiac V8 engine and introduce a Space Race inspired marketing approach.[3]


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  2. ^ "1955-1957 Pontiac Strato-Streak". HowStuffWorks. 2007-09-06. Retrieved 2019-09-24.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Pontiac Strato Streak Concept - Wikicars". wikicars.org. Retrieved 2024-05-16.