BaT Auction: 1940 Pontiac Torpedo Coupe at No Reserve

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This 1940 Pontiac Torpedo Coupe was reportedly sold new in Bogota, Colombia, and remained with the family of its original owner until acquired by the seller in 2014 after 15 years of storage. The car is powered by a 249ci straight-eight backed by a 3-speed manual transmission and retains factory-style hubcaps, rear wheel spats, and lighting. Service under current ownership included fuel and brake system work as well as reupholstery of the trunk in tan tweed. This Torpedo is offered with transferable Georgia registration in the seller’s name.

The car was reportedly repainted in its original green prior to current ownership. Close-up photos are provided of the finish and exterior trim, including the enameled hood trim and badging. The left rear fender is a slightly darker shade than the rest of the bodywork.

BaT Auction: 1940 Pontiac Torpedo Coupe at No Reserve

Factory-style trim includes the bumpers, overriders, lighting, and rear wheel spats. Steel wheels are fitted with Pontiac hubcaps, bright trim rings, and wide whitewall tires.

BaT Auction: 1940 Pontiac Torpedo Coupe at No Reserve

The cabin features tan cloth upholstery with matching carpets and retains a cracked factory steering wheel with a Pontiac horn button. Lap belts have been fitted for front seat occupants. The trunk has been reupholstered in tan tweed due to wear in the original materials.

BaT Auction: 1940 Pontiac Torpedo Coupe at No Reserve

Stock instrumentation in the faux-wood dash is said to be functional, including a 150 mph speedometer and gauges for fuel level, oil pressure, and temperature. Just over 40k miles are shown on the 5-digit odometer. The seller notes that the car retains a factory 6-volt electrical system, and neither the radio or clock are working.

BaT Auction: 1940 Pontiac Torpedo Coupe at No Reserve

The 249ci Silver Streak flathead straight-eight sends features a single-barrel carburetor with a factory air filter housing. The seller has had the fuel tank boiled as well as adding an electric fuel pump. The radiator and braking system have also been flushed.

BaT Auction: 1940 Pontiac Torpedo Coupe at No Reserve

Power is sent to the rear wheels via a column-shifted 3-speed manual transmission. Additional photos of the underside are provided to show the front suspension, rear axle, frame, floors, and body mounts.

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