Here are some of the greatest cars of the legendary Pontiac. Although they are already gone, they left a legacy that cannot be replaced. Take a look at the top five greatest classic Pontiacs.
- 1956 Pontiac Star Chief
We kick this off with this stylish classic 1956 Pontiac Star Chief. This car was the highlight of the Chieftain line. It brags a 4-barrel carburetor and a revamped Hydramatic transmission called “Strato-Flight.” The 1956 model was equipped with 227 BHP standard engines that are paired to a single 4-barrel carburetor and Hydramatic transmission. The additional 216 BHP engine with 2-barrel carburetor and 285 BHP “Dual-Quad” which have two four barrel carburetors are available for an option.
- 1978 Pontiac Trans Am
This car was one of the dream cars of every boy who grew up during the ‘70s. Who can resist its black and gold “Bandit” colors along with the flaming chicken vinyl on the hood? Aside from its stunning looks, it was also remembered for its awesome handling and incredible performance.
Pontiac released Special Editions of these vehicles and the black-and-gold color selection is also returned. Most of those special editions are built in Van Nuys, California plant and Norwood, Ohio plant.
The unexpected success of the black-and-gold Special Editions gave Pontiac an idea to experimentally reverse the color. The Solar Gold with black accents was selected to enhance the “Bandit” design and most of these models are assembled in Norwood, Ohio. However, the SE’s that are built in Van Nuys had to use different paint because of EPA regulations. The paint from Van Nuys had a greenish cast while the cars from Ohio were pure gold.
- 1969 Pontiac GTO “Judge”
The first generation GTO ended on a high note and there’s no wonder why the second generation also gathered the same attention of its predecessor. With its modern fastback design, the Judge was one of the recognizable cars in that era. These models were more luxurious and had a sleeker design compared to its predecessors. This different styling was made because its loyal customers are growing older. Pontiac decided to suit the car to their current needs since grown customers needed more comfort while driving. Although it was made for their older customers, the 1969 Pontiac GTO remained as Pontiac’s fastest muscle car until 1971.
- Pontiac Bonneville
This was the longest manufactured model by Pontiac, from 1957 up to 2005. Its first appearance was on GM Motorama concept cars and it was called the Bonneville Special. Bonneville was launched in 1958 and was filled with dozens of feasible options as standard equipment but with the exception of optional air conditioning and continental kit.
The first generation cars are available in 2-door convertible and 2-door hardtop and it was with 370 cubic inches V-8 that makes 300 hp. It was paired to four-barrel carburetor along with dual exhaust as standard equipment.
In the second generation, the 1959 Bonneville became a full top-line series and Pontiac also launched four-door hardtop sedan and Safari station wagon body styles.
The third generation Bonneville featured the revival of the same designs of Pontiac cars during 1930’s and early 1940’s. It remained the most expensive and luxurious Pontiac vehicle all through 1960s. Thus, it made a key part for helping Pontiac to reach the third place in number of sales from 1962 to 1970.
The production of these cars reached until tenth generation in 2000 to 2005. It went to various redesigning before the last Bonneville left the assembly line on May 27, 2005.
- 1964 Pontiac GTO
This car was critically acclaimed as the first ever muscle car that roamed our planet. It was packed with 389 cubic inch V-8 that has 325 hp. Along with the engine, it has a Cartel four-barrel carb, dual exhaust and 3-speed Hurst manual transmission. It was a star in any Pontiac showrooms. I
GM almost banned GTO because it caused fear among conservative drivers but it never happened, thanks to its unexpected success.
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