20 Forgotten Pontiacs Most People Probably Never Knew Existed

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    20 Forgotten Pontiacs Most People Probably Never Knew Existed

    20 Forgotten Pontiacs Most People Probably Never Knew Existed
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    September 21, 2017



    Established in 1926, the Pontiac Motor Division was a proud member of the General Motors family since day one. For most of its life, Pontiac was among the top sellers and a valuable addition to the lineup. But in the first few decades, from the late 1920s to the early 1960s, Pontiac was an economy brand. And it was close to Chevrolet in pricing and model selection.

    However, from the early 1960s onwards, Pontiac got the performance brand image that suited it the best. In those days, Pontiac singlehandedly introduced the muscle car movement to the mainstream car market. They presented numerous powerful, fast models. And they were active in racing until 1963 when there was a corporative ban on all racing activities.

    So, during the 1970s and 80s, Pontiac’s performance reputation stayed. But their models were less exciting despite producing some interesting cars. However, in the 1990s and early 2000s, Pontiac became just a pale shadow of its former self. GM invested in it, but without much success. So, in 2010 they discontinued the Pontiac brand in a controversial move that sparks debates to this day.
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    Re: 20 Forgotten Pontiacs Most People Probably Never Knew Existed

    I had never heard about this one before.

    1971 Pontiac GT-37 - After all these years, is it still a poor man's GTO?


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    Re: 20 Forgotten Pontiacs Most People Probably Never Knew Existed

    1. Bonneville was introduced in 1957, not '1958'.
    2. Tempest came out in 1961, not '1962'. And it still had a 'transmission tunnel', firewall to back seat.
    9. '77 Can Am did not have the 455- last year for that motor was '76. 6.6L = 400 CI.
    12. 2+2 came out in '64, ran thru '67.
    16. this concept wasn't actually called the "El Catalina"- that's a subsequent enthusiast nickname. It's actually badged 'Catalina Safari' (the station wagon nameplate). Other than the roofline, there's no El Camino in it.

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    Re: 20 Forgotten Pontiacs Most People Probably Never Knew Existed

    Quote Originally Posted by 09W View Post
    1. Bonneville was introduced in 1957, not '1958'.
    2. Tempest came out in 1961, not '1962'. And it still had a 'transmission tunnel', firewall to back seat.
    9. '77 Can Am did not have the 455- last year for that motor was '76. 6.6L = 400 CI.
    12. 2+2 came out in '64, ran thru '67.
    16. this concept wasn't actually called the "El Catalina"- that's a subsequent enthusiast nickname. It's actually badged 'Catalina Safari' (the station wagon nameplate). Other than the roofline, there's no El Camino in it.
    Bonneville was introduced in model year 1958.

    The Can Am was built with two different engines: the "T/A 6.6" Pontiac 400 and a few were built with the "6.6 Liter" Olds 403.
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    Re: 20 Forgotten Pontiacs Most People Probably Never Knew Existed

    Quote Originally Posted by rockyspaw View Post
    Bonneville was introduced in model year 1958.
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    https://www.mecum.com/lots/SC0516-24...e-convertible/

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    A beautiful and very rare Pontiac Star Chief Custom Bonneville convertible. It was a top of the line trim option in 1957. Bonneville became it's own line in 1958. 1 point for each of us!
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    Re: 20 Forgotten Pontiacs Most People Probably Never Knew Existed

    A Lady Nurse in town had a Sprint OHC 6. It was her Daily Driver into the 80's. Dark Green, Slush Box.

    Nobody in town gave it much thought, I always loved the car and recall reading (something I didn't do much of) up on the OHC 6. So different than the Stove Bolt and yet both 250 cu/in at the time. The little OHC Emblem always caught my eye.

    My across the street Neighbor had a Grand Ville. Don't even get me started on the Rebadged Daewoo Lemans, which hung around in Canada FAR TOO LONG. Beaumonts were common growing up (a Canadian thing).

    Also, Pontiac Sun Runner (also in Asuna)

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