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Howdy Doody all, Just came up with this question the other day and figured I might ask you all. I started to do research, but got distracted by other stuff.
So when did the Pontiac split-grille start? Your knowledge or thoughts? :D
 

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Well, having a grill split in two has been a part of Pontiac's line since the beginning, as it has been for most automobiles through history. But if you are talking about a twin grill seperated by a distinct decoration or nose sheet metal then I guess the 1939 model year would be the point of origin.

The subsequent 1940 Pontiac Six and Eight followed this trend, which continued pretty much until today. Although from 1950 - 1960 it was almost a non-existant styling feature.

And for added drool factor, here's a slick 1940 coupe.
 

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The 1959 Pontiacs brought back the spit grille, but then it was gone again for 1960 and back again for 1961, weird huh? Since then ther has been a variation of some sort of split grille, or "twin port" as some would reffer to it on pretty much every Pontiac. Sometimes it has been divided by a body color and sometimes by chrome.
 

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Originally posted by MCGARRETT@May 19 2004, 12:43 PM
The 1959 Pontiacs brought back the spit grille, but then it was gone again for 1960 and back again for 1961, weird huh? Since then ther has been a variation of some sort of split grille, or "twin port" as some would reffer to it on pretty much every Pontiac. Sometimes it has been divided by a body color and sometimes by chrome.
You're right. I did sort of glance over the '59 Bonnies that had the grill.
 
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