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1940 Pontiac

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My father bought a new 2-door 1940 Pontiac. It had an unusual rear end design with a more squared-off trunk and two small rear windows. In fact, I have never seen another one like it, and have not seen a picture that illustrates it. Just wondered if this sounds familiar to any other Pontiac owners. Thank you for your thoughts.

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I did find an old picture of the Pontiac. I believe that I was mistaken, and that the rear window is one piece, not two as I thought. I do not know how to post a photo here, but if you want to give me your email, I can send it as an attachment in jpeg format. thanks for responding.

John Church

jwc1934@aol.com

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Regarding post on 1940 Pontiac, another person suggested that the trunk area of the car looked liked a 1939 Pontiac. I am guessing that during the transition to the 1940 model, Pontiac used a 1939 trunk and rear panels on an otherwise 1940? Might be a rare thing if we had it now!

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If you can find some pictures of the side of it, it would be easier to identify. 39 Pontiac taillights were round units in sort of a teardrop shaped housing mounted on a little pedistal on the fender. Looking at my copy of 75 YEARS OF PONTIAC OAKLAND, by John Gunnell, I think the car is either the Deluxe 6 or Deluxe 8.

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thank you for your interest. The car I've referred to had the 1940 style tail lights rather than the 1939 style. It was a 6 cylinder, two-door. In all photos that I have found, the two door had the rounded trunk, and had the gas cap on the right side. An interesting little mystery and I appreciate all thoughts. Happy Holidays!

John Church

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The fuel filler on the passenger side means it was a Special Six, A-body car built on the shorter wheelbase (116.5") Chevrolet chassis. The Deluxe Six was a B-body and built on a 120" chassis like the Deluxe Eight and had the fuel fill on the driver's side. The Torpedo Eight was the new for 1940 C-body and had the fuel fill on the driver's side under a door.

The January issue of the Early Times newsletter will feature a complete rundown on the 1940 model year.

I own a 1940 Deluxe Eight 4 door Touring Sedan; the Style No. is 40-2819.

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