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1950 Pontiac Streamliner Deluxe Convertible

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Today's Down on the Street car gets the official Jalopnik Best Hood Ornament Ever Award. I mean, it's a jet plane with a glowing Indian head grafted on! What could the designers have been thinking when they came up with this thing? Best of all, the front view looks like a tiki head! And, of course, there's a lot of vintage Pontiac goodness behind the Glowing Indian Head Airplane as well...

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This '50 Pontiac is a little bit banged up, but there's no rust and all the parts seem present and accounted for.

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Check out the stars! The proud proclamation of the number of cylinders! And this is no boring ol' V8, mind you- this car has a straight-8 flathead. It goes without saying: Cherry Bombs needed.

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Let's take another look at that hood ornament. Check the gallery below for yet more of them. I couldn't tear the camera away from the thing, must admit.

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The convertible top, well, it needs some work. The climate here is easy on steel, but tough on cloth.

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Actually, this car may be a Chieftan, not a Streamliner (some sources indicate there were no Streamliner convertibles, but others indicate the Silver Streak was a Streamliner-only emblem), but I just can't be sure. Pontiac experts, please weigh in with your opinons on this burning issue.

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Parked in the yard, we see a Corvair van...

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...and in the driveway, a Pacer! Yes, this Pontiac's owner has quite the collection of classic machinery!

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To do that, Murilee, you would have to throw safety and aerodynamics (gas mileage) out the window. Where do I sign up?

I used to have a '53 Buick Special with the straight 8 engine (with the Dynaslush, er, Dynaflow tranny) and it was sweet. It was a marvel to watch running when I had the valve cover off to adjust the valves.