Most seventh graders growing up in the early 1960s spent their leisure time riding their Schwinn bicycles around their neighborhoods or helping their parents with farm chores like milking the cows.
For Steve Anderson, he "tinkered" around with an eight-cylinder engine past resurrection from a 1950 Pontiac Streamliner four door, similar to last week's Guess the Vehicle. "It was my first taste of wrenching and it stayed with me a long time," he said.
Anderson said his friend's father owned a Pontiac dealership in his hometown and he remembers seeing a couple of these cars around the used car lot.
This 1950 Pontiac Silver 8 Streak was last week's Guess the Vehicle.
Other correct guessers who remembered these cars were Tom Erickson, Harry Austin, Larry Roscoe and Ted Toensing.
Larry Mongan, Emily, who submitted the photograph taken in Idaho, said the car had Silver 8 Streak on each of the front fenders. He said information on the car's window said it was stored for 30 years and it was selling for $14,000. The original title was dated June 7, 1950 and the car was purchased at a Ford dealership in Lander, Wyo.
Anderson had several facts on these cars, including they had a 120 inch wheelbase, the curb weight for the car with the eight-cylinder engine was 3,499 pounds, the 268 cubic inch eight-cylinder engine produced 108 horsepower and '50 was the last year of the four-door Streamliner.
Erickson said the mystery vehicle was very basic because there was no chrome guard on the leading edge of the fender. Erickson and Toensing also knew that '50 was the last year of the four-door Streamliner.
Toensing also guessed the car to be a Silver Streak. He said Pontiac advertised its dashboard, "The most beautiful in the industry."
Roscoe said these Streamliners had options galore, including wheel covers, an exterior visor, grille guard and a four-speed hydramatic automatic transmission for $149.
This car is in the junkyard of Woody's Auto Parts in Merrifield. Can you guess the year, make and model as well as any other information about this vehicle? You can respond by e-mailing Clint at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 855-5888 and leaving a message.
Austin said the Indian head hood ornament which Pontiac used for several years assisted him in his guess.
What car had a CB radio
as an option?
This week's trivia question is "In what car was a CB radio available as a factory installed option for $195?"
The answer to last week's trivia question, "When was the first Chrysler automobile invented?" is June 6, 1925.
The automobile was introduced by Walter Chrysler and this expensive car cost $1,500.
Correct guessers were Austin and Toensing.
Austin said this vehicle was named the Chrysler Four, Series 58.
A Web site said this car's top speed was 58 mph. More than one million people visited showrooms in the first four days the corporation displayed this automobile.
Crosby to host car show
The fourth annual Crosby Classic Car Show is Aug. 21 at the Hallet Community Center in Crosby.
Area car shows Aug. 19-20 include the 13th annual Fuzzy Dice Cruise Nite & "Summer Celebration" Car Show in Virginia. The St. Cloud Pan-Towners 30th annual Fun Run Show Car Tour Aug. 20 meets and starts at the Mills Fleet Farm west of St. Cloud.
CLINT WOOD, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at email@example.com or at 855-5869.
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