1939 Streamliner C-16

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RECREATING HISTORY! The Pinnacle of Automotive Craftsmanship and Heritage: A Rare Opportunity

In the realm of classic automotive marvels, few vehicles encapsulate the spirit of innovation and timeless design as the award-winning straight 16cyl. powered Streamliner C-16, now available for sale. This exceptional vehicle, crafted by Glenn and Kalle Billqvist and influenced by the iconic Mercedes Streamliners W154 from 1937-1938, exemplifies both engineering excellence and aesthetic grace. With over 8000 hours of detailed work, the Streamliner C-16 was finally ready for its first appearance.

At the heart of this masterpiece lies a meticulously hand-built body, harmoniously blending steel and aluminium to forge an elongated, aerodynamic silhouette measuring 6.2 meters in length and 2.2 meters in width. The streamliner's imposing stance is further accentuated by its expansive fenders, with the front and rear measuring 2.5 and 2.6 meters respectively.

Built upon a robust 1938 Chevrolet Truck chassis, this streamliner incorporates a 1940 Ford Truck front suspension and a Chevrolet 10 bolt, 1:2.73 rear axle, ensuring a blend of historical authenticity and unparalleled performance. The vehicle rolls majestically on 21” steel wheels, shod with Blockley tires, the total diameter reaching an impressive 32 inches.

Powering this automotive jewel is a formidable Buick straight 16-cylinder engine, a configuration uniquely seen in modern times. Comprising two units of 248.1 cu.in. (4.1L each) and equipped with a twin carburettor intake featuring 4 x 81 Stromberg carburettors, the engine delivers an estimated 200 horsepower, smoothly transmitted via a 1938 3-speed Buick transmission.

In a nod to its aviation-inspired heritage, the streamliner boasts an impressive 16 straight pipes as its exhaust system, reminiscent of the pre-war aircraft aesthetics. This not only adds to its visual allure but also produces a symphony of power and precision.

Throughout its illustrious history, the streamliner has graced some of the most prestigious automotive events worldwide, including the VHRA Hot Rod Races in Wales, Kilomètre Lancé in Switzerland, Brooklands Museum in the UK, and several notable shows across Europe from 2022 to 2024. Each appearance has been a testament to its unmatched legacy and performance.

This sale represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of automotive history, a vehicle that transcends the boundaries of time and continues to inspire awe and admiration. Whether for the discerning collector or the enthusiastic aficionado, this streamliner is not just a vehicle; it is a legacy on wheels, awaiting its next chapter in the hands of a worthy custodian.

  • VHRA Hot Rod Races, Pendine Sands, Wales 2022
  • Kilomètre Lancé, St. Moritz, Switzerland 2022
  • Brooklands Museum, Surrey, UK 2022
  • Custom Motor Show, Elmia, Jönköping, Sweden 2023
  • Classic Days, Düsseldorf, Germany 2023
  • Crossroad Motor Festival #5, Sevilla, Spain 2023
  • "Classics on Wheels" meets Rockin Race Jamboree, Torremolinos, Spain 2024

For more information about the Streamliner C-16 and its history, click on the link provided or feel free to contact us directly. LINK to www.recreatinghistory.net

You can also view this remarkable piece of history at our showroom in Estepona, Spain.


COAST CLASSICS™ and it´s mother company, Ullstein Consulting S.L. makes every effort to represent each vehicle accurately and with integrity. We also welcome third-party inspections when necessary. Although we try to do our very best, to be accurate in our description writing, we are human and do make mistakes. We hereby point out that the sale of the vehicle occurs between the seller, as a private individual, and the buyer. Therefore, any warranty for the sold vehicle is excluded. The buyer agrees to waive all warranty claims upon purchase. This exclusion does not apply to damages resulting from intentional or grossly negligent breaches of duty on the seller's part, nor to defects that have been fraudulently concealed. NOTE; unless otherwise noted, all vehicles are sold AS IS, and No Warranty Expressed or Implied and all sales are on behalf of its owner / client of us.

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