Barrier's slick 1940 Pontiac Silver Streak shows just under 36,000 miles on its odometer and is another call-back to his youth, when he owned another one like it. The St. Clair Poly Blue paint is mostly original, with a few touch-ups.
The steering column of the Plymouth is equipped with a pair of common aftermarket accessories: a turn signal switch and a rubber-bladed cooling fan used to defrost the windshield in the winter and cool off the driver in the summer.
The spare 17-inch wire wheel is mounted above the rear bumper, leaving no room for a trunk. Barrier has located a set of optional 16-inch wire wheels and plans to mount radial tires on them to make the car more roadworthy.
Plymouth's 6-cylinder flathead engine debuted in 1933, this `Silver Dome' version displacing 189 cubic inches and producing 70 horsepower. The cast iron head is painted silver; an optional higher compression aluminum head, ironically, was painted bright red.
A standard-issue tail light was mounted on the driver's side of the Plymouth; the owner had a stanchion cast for an optional passenger-side tail light, which mounts the correct lens, complete with painted white Plymouth logo.
The 1940 Pontiac sedan features beautifully styled twin grilles and center molding that runs up over the hood, all the way back to the cowl. Note the unusual front bumper arrangement, which includes conventional ends but an open 3-bar design in the center.
Interior room was spacious in the Pontiac sedans of the day, as illustrated by the wide-open floor plan in the rear of Barrier's 1940 Silver Streak. The upholstery in the 72-year-old car is believed to be the original material, which is in remarkable condition.
Power for the Pontiac is supplied by a 222 cubic inch flathead 6-cylinder engine churning out 87 horsepower. Also available in 1940 were a pair of inline flathead 8's producing over 100 horsepower each.