In this article, we will as we discuss the Pontiac from the beginning to the bitter end.
The Birth of the Pontiac
Here are some facts; Did you know that Cadillac was the one who’s responsible for the beginning of the famous vehicle company called Pontiac? Here’s the story, it all began with this two gentlemen Edward Murphy and Alanson Bush. Murphy was the founder of a Buggy Company in Pontiac, Michigan. At that time, they only produce horse-drawn carriages and just like others in their field, they wanted to evolve into the automobile age. In 1906, the designer of early Cadillac named Alanson Brush, who later became an engineering consultant in Detroit met Edward Murphy. Brush showed Murphy his rejected design for a small two-cylinder car. After obtaining the idea of Brush, he decided that it should carry the name “Oakland”.
Murphy organized the Oakland Motor Car Co. during the summer of 1907. He thought about maybe Cadillac was right for rejecting Brush’s design because the two cylinder vertical engine didn’t go well; it was a complete failure as far as sales is concerned.
A line of 40 HP four-cylinder cars with sliding gear transmissions was introduced in 1909. While Edward’s improvement was successful, he didn’t saw the increased sales because of his sudden death in 1908.
Before his untimely death, Murphy had met William C. Durant and soon afterwards, Oakland became part of Durant’s General Motors Empire and its design was improved under his rule. In 1927, the company produced Oakland’s most recognized model called the “True Blue Oakland Six”. It has a new L-head Engine, four-wheel brakes, centralized controls and an automatic spark advance. The cutting edge vehicle was painted with a Blue Duco nitro-cellulose lacquer. Oakland’s assistant general manager named Alfred R. Glancy launched the Pontiac in 1926. For the price of a four, the quality six cylinder engine cars became an immediate triumph and Pontiac had been born.
Pontiac’s midlife is not a crisis
Pontiac had problems carving out its niche among other General Motor brands. Though many still believed that they did a better job than the Oldsmobile. Pontiac was America’s affordable and sporty division of GM. Canada’s automobile line was a success. The Pontiac Star Chief of 50’s had a problem keeping up with Tri-Five Chervolet Bel Air but on the other hand, Pontiac did outperformed Buick and Oldsmobile through the 50’s era. 60’s and 70’s was the pinnacle of the muscle cars era, Pontiac did survived with its own successful cars like the Tempest, GTO, Firebird and Trans Am. Lemans, Catalina and Bonneville was the best of Pontiac’s has to offer when you need a car with room for the whole family.
Decades of decline for Pontiac
Pontiac struggled more than other GM brands when most of American car companies reduced compression ratios. Starting in 1981, Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hood decal’s getting bigger each year while its engine is getting smaller and losing horsepower. Well, even the Great Cadillac has suffered recession. Pontiac launched Fiero in 1984. It has a terrible start and the company gave up on the little car just as it turned the corner in performance, value and reliability.
This is ironic because when General Motors finally gave up on Pontiac in 2009, the G8 sport sedan was winning the contest in its category and the re-branding of its other models are showing signs of new life. Pontiac Solstice was a new model with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pulled down excellent fuel economy numbers. General Motors was forced to re-organize because of the looming bankruptcy. The lumbering giant decided to cut its brands down to four. It was decided whether Buick or Pontiac will get the last spot but with the rise of strong sales in the Asian market Buick snatched the spot from Pontiac.
Roads have been rough for Pontiac, like a roller coaster ride there’s a lot of ups and downs. At least they have their own highlight on the famous Golden Age of muscle cars.