A Pictorial Glimpse of Pontiac Motor Cars from 1907 to 2010
Pontiac was an automobile brand initially created as
Oakland Motor Company in 1907, and was renamed "Pontiac Motor Co." in 1926.
Pontiac was marketed by General Motors (GM) in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Pontiac had been promoted as the performance division of General Motors for a long time, and specialized in performance vehicles. On April 27, 2009, in the midst of continuous financial issues and restructuring endeavors, GM announced that it was
eliminating the Pontiac brand by the close of 2010 and was going to concentrate on four brands in North America: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC.
Video - Pontiac History
The last Pontiac branded cars were assembled in December of 2009, with one final vehicle assembled in January, 2010. Pontiac dealers franchise agreements expired October 31, 2010.
The Pontiac marque was announced by General Motors in 1926 as the companion brand to GM's Oakland division, and shared the GM A model platform. It was named after the renowned Ottawa chief who had likewise given his name to the city of Pontiac, Michigan where the auto was produced. Within months of its announcement, Pontiac was outselling Oakland, which was basically a 1920s Chevrolet with a six cylinder motor installed. Available body styles incorporated a sedan with both two and four doors, Landau Coupe, with the Sport Cabrolet, Sport Phaeton, Sport Landau Sedan, and Sport Roadster. As a consequence of Pontiac's rising sales, compared to Oakland's declining sales, Pontiac became the only companion brand to survive its parent, with Oakland stopping production in 1932. It was additionally produced as knock-down kits at GM's fleeting Japanese factory at Osaka Assembly in Osaka, Japan from 1927-1941.
Pontiac created autos offering 40 hp (30 kW; 41 PS) 186.7 cu in (3.1 L) (3.25x3.75 in, 82.5x95mm) L-head straight 6-cylinder motors in the 1927 Pontiac Chief; At the time, it had the shortest stroke of any American auto in the industry. Within six months of its initial appearance at the 1926 New York Auto Show, the Pontiac sold 39,000 units, hitting 76,742 at twelve months.The following year, it turned into the top-selling six in the U.S., positioning seventh in general sales. By 1933, it had climbed to delivering the least costly autos available with straight eight-cylinder (inline eight) motors. This was accomplished by utilizing numerous parts from the 6-cylinder Chevrolet Master, for example, the same body, yet featujring an extensive chrome strip on the top and middle of the hood Pontiac called it the "Silver Streak".
In the late 1930s, Pontiac utilized the torpedo Buick body for one of its models, just before it was utilized by Chevrolet. This body style brought attention to the brand. A bizarre feature of the "torpedo" body exhibition vehicle, was that by pushing a button the front portion of the auto body opened displaying the motor and the auto's front seat interior. In 1937, the eight-cylinder featured a 122-inch (3,099 mm) wheelbase, while the six-cylinder featured a 117-inch (2,972 mm) wheelbase. In 1940, Pontiac presented another vehicle called the Pontiac Torpedo, and after two years, on 2 February 1942 a Pontiac became the last regular civilian car made in the United States amid World War II, as all auto factories changed over to military production.
For an extended time frame—prewar through the mid 1950s—the Pontiac was a calm, strong auto, yet not particularly powerful. It featured a flathead (side-valve) straight eight. Straight 8s were marginally less costly to manufacture than the increasingly popular V8s, yet they were heavier and longer. Furthermore, the long crankshaft experienced unreasonable flex, confining straight 8s to a generally low compression ratio with a humble redline. Be that as it may, in this application, cheap (yet quiet) flatheads were not a risk