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In contrast to Buick, Chevrolet or Oldsmobile, the make Pontiac was not named after its founder, but after a famous Indian.  The Pontiac was constructed in the Oakland factory.  The latter had beome part of the General Motors group company as early as 1909.  When in January 1926, the cheaper Pontiac was presented, Oakland was still one of General Motors' top makes, but the consumers opted massively for the new make.  Oakland's turnover collapsed, causing its termination in 1931.  In 1932, the Pontiac Series 302 was presented.  Only 6,281 of the total number of 36,352 cars sold were Series 302 cars.  The most striking feature of the models was their pointed radiator.  They had a 292 cm wheel base.  The engine delivered 77 bhp at 3600 rpm, which was sufficient for a top speed of 78 mph (125 kph).

In 1940, almost 250,000 Pontiacs were sold, but 1941 with a sales figure of 282,087 was an even better year.  In 1940, Pontiac presented a new model, the Torpedo Eight.  The car was a cross between the Oldsmobile Ninety, the Buick roadmaster and the Cadillac Sixty-Two.  In the same year, two new models additional were marketed with a six-cylinder engine, as well as two models with an eight-cylinder engine.

The engines for the 1941 cars were tuned even more.  The 3.9 litre six-cylinder engines now delivered 90 bhp at 3200 rpm and the 4.1 litre eight-cylinder engines delivered 103 bhp at 3500 rpm.  In 1942, the assembly lines were adapted to the production of army equipment.  That is why, in that year, only 15,404 motorcars were manufactured. 

Models produced by Pontiac

2+2

1986-1986

6000STE

1983-1987

6000STE AWD

6000STE AWD

1988-1989

Bonneville

1957-1957

Bonneville

Bonneville

1958-1958

Bonneville

Bonneville

1959-1960

Bonneville

Bonneville

1963-1963

Bonneville (1972)

1972-1972

Catalina

Catalina

1959-1959

Catalina 2+2

Catalina 2+2

1964-1967

Chieftain

Chieftain

1951-1951

Chieftain Catalina

1950-1950

Chieftain DeLuxe

1949-1949

De Luxe Six

1939-1939

Eight

1935-1936

Eight

1937-1938

Fiero SE/GT

Fiero SE/GT

1984-1988

Firebird

Firebird

1967-1967

Firebird

1970-1970

Firebird Trans Am

Firebird Trans Am

1969-1969

Firebird Trans Am

Firebird Trans Am

1975-1975

Grand Am

Grand Am

1975-1975

Grand Prix

1962-1964

Grand Prix

1965-1966

Grand Prix

1967-1968

Grand Prix

Grand Prix

1970-1970

Grand Prix Turbo

Grand Prix Turbo

1988-1990

Grand Safari

Grand Safari

1973-0

GTO

GTO

1964-1971

GTO

GTO

1966-1967

Le Mans (1969)

1969-1969

Le Mans (1974)

1974-1974

Phoenix

Phoenix

1980-1980

Quality Six

1939-1939

Safari

1955-1957

Six

1935-1936

Six

Six

1937-1938

Star Chief

Star Chief

1954-1954

Streamliner

1942-1948

Streamliner Six

Streamliner Six

1946-1948

Sunbird

Sunbird

1976-1980

Sunbird

Sunbird

1982-1988

Sunbird

Sunbird

1988-1994

Sunbird GT

Sunbird GT

1986-1993

T-37

T-37

1971-1971

Tempest

Tempest

1961-1962

Tempest GTO

Tempest GTO

1964-1965

Tempest Le Mans

Tempest Le Mans

1962-1963

Torpedo

1948-1948

Trans Am

Trans Am

1970-1985

Ventura GTO

Ventura GTO

1974-1974

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