The flip-up panel was one of the few working parts on the Strato-Star.
The car was 75.6 inches (1920mm) wide, making it the widest of the 1955 Motorama cars.
The legacy of the Strato-Star is that its almost flat roof shape and rear pillars were re-worked to become the GM four-door hardtop roof line of 1959, the famed “flat roof” cars which are coveted by collectors these days.
The hooded headlights were actually a feature on the production 1955 Pontiac and were included to give run of mill Pontiacs some “dream car” mystique.
Unfortunately the Strato-Star was scrapped in the late 1950s.