Marty Martino's 1956 Pontiac Club de Mer

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1956 Pontiac Club de Mer Replica built by Marty Martino. The orignial Club de Mer was a non- running mockup. In 1958 General Motors ordered the car destroyed. Marty Martino wanted to recreate the car. Based on a 1959 Pontiac donor car he began the long journey. The car is powered by a 1959 Pontiac Strato Streak 389 engine along with its Jetaway Hydro-Matic. The OEM-style chassis is built using mid-sized Pontiac suspension clips with custom boxed rails. The body's inner structure is all steel, utilizing the 1959's inner doors, jambs, cowl sections, hinges and latches, augmented with square tubing. This has formed the basis for the one-off's authentically sculpted fiberglass outer body, replicating the design by Pontiac's Paul Gillian, giving the car that familiar General Motors solid feel. It features many unique details crafted just for this car including bumpers, lights, and interior components. Other features are the glass smooth Cerulean Blue paint, mimicking the original's metallic surface by Finish Masters expert Richard James, along with vermilion vat-dyed leather-covered custom-built bucket seats and the chrome finish on the one-off trim parts by Razor-Tec. The build took 3 years to complete. Once completed in 2009 the car was sold at the Barret-Jackson Auction in Arizona. The sales price was $ 100 000.


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