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Lot Shots Find of the Week: 1948 Pontiac Custom Street Rod

A parking lot is a parking lot is a parking lot—unless it’s the Summit Racing parking lot. On any given day or time, the lot outside a Summit Racing store can turn into an impromptu mini car show, depending on who has stopped by the store. On Wednesdays, we’ll share our parking lot find of the week—another benefit of being Powered by Summit Racing Equipment.

Important notes about 1948:

  • Harry Truman was President of the United States.
  • Man sent a very nice monkey named Albert into space.
  • The Hells Angels motorcycle gang (club?) was founded.
  • The Cleveland Indians won the World Series.
  • This car happened.

Well, not this car, exactly. This totally fantastic rodded-out 1948 Pontiac custom that rolled into the Summit Racing retail store in Tallmadge, OH this Fall while road-tripping with some friends from the Maine-based Road Scholars Car Club, a grassroot enthusiast group dedicated to preserving the hot-rodding culture and hobby.

It was the final year of this particular Pontiac A-body production run, as the Pontiac Chieftain succeeded it the following year.

We love this car. The missing hood will draw mixed reviews, but no one cares, because, you know, hot-rodding.

It reminds us of our grumpy old uncle we always bump into once a year over the holidays: Curiously dressed. A little bit mean. And, easy to love.

Even if you don’t have an uncle like that, you can probably find other reasons to love this car. See for yourself:









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