Pontiac was one of the earliest marques obtained by General Motors.
Originally a carriage and buggy company, it was bought by the Oakland
Motors division of GM and quickly took over in terms of sales. Named after
the Native American chief Pontiac, pre-war and post-war models emphasized
the top of the GM line, with plush interiors, huge amounts of room, and the
ultimate in comfort and reliability.
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before non-stock cars were permitted.
in WWII, when its factory switched over to making aircraft parts for
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A good example of their design philosophy was the Pontiac Grand Prix.
Introduced in 1962, the Pontiac Grand Prix rapidly found a market among
those who wanted a truly large, comfortable means of transportation.
Although the “Grand Prix” name referred to the sort of racing performance
common in French and Italian racing, the Pontiac Grand Prix did not appear
on the racing circuit except in a super-modified post-stock car NASCAR
vehicle. Nonetheless, it was prized as an excellent car for over 40 years
More famous is the Pontiac Firebird. Although introduced in the late 1960s,
it really began to shine in the 1980s. When most American sports cars were
getting downsized and reduced in power as a response to the 1970s fuel
crisis, the Pontiac Firebird was literally turbocharged. This made it one
of the fastest cars of the 1980s, and the fastest American car generally
available. The Pontiac Firebird (also known as the Trans Am) thus became
famous in both film and street racing. To this day it is considered a
valuable collectible, since it can dominate in 1980s retro stock racing.
Sadly, the marque began to suffer in the 1990s and 00s, which ultimately
led to its elimination in the 2009 GM reorganization. Most notably, GM
shifted the focus of its sports car division to Chevrolet (the Corvette)
and Dodge (the Charger). This left the marque with “leftover” cars, such as
the Pontiac Vibe. The Pontiac Vibe was in fact a badge engineered Toyota,
and it did not sell well as a Toyota – much less a Pontiac. It was marketed
as a “small SUV,” yet it lacked the interior space and performance expected
of an SUV. The Pontiac Vibe was instead just an oversized, overpriced
hatchback, and it ended up being one of the last cars the marque would ever