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A former General Motors brand from 1926-2010. Originally created as a "companion make" to Oakland, it eventually superseded its parent brand.

Vehicle names used by Pontiac currently and throughout history include:  1000, 2+2, 2000, 6000, Astre, Aztek, Banshee, Bonneville, Catalina, Chieftain, Fiero, Firebird, G3, G5, G6, G8, Grand Am, Grand Le Mans, Grand Prix, Grand Safari, Grand Ville, Grande Parisienne, GTO, Hematon, J2000, Le Mans, Master Six, Montana, Montana SV6, Parisienne, Rev, Safari, Series 6-28, Series 6-29, Series 603, Solstice, Star Chief, Sunbird, Sunfire, Sunrunner, SV6, T-37, Tempest, Torrent, Trans Am, Trans Sport, Ventura, and Vibe.

Dealerships included:
Carson Pontiac (Kirkwood, Missouri)
Crystal Lake Pontiac GMC (Crystal Lake, Illinois)
Miller Pontiac (Omaha, Nebraska)
Monk King Pontiac (Denton, Texas)
Overton Cadillac Pontiac (McHenry, Illinois)
Reichert Chevrolet Buick Pontiac (Woodstock, Illinois)
Right-Way Pontiac (DeKalb, Illinois)
Schoon's Chevy Pontiac (Iowa)

Pontiac cars are individually nicknamed "Poncho" (for example, "check out that red sixty-three Poncho!"), but the Pontiac company is almost never referred to by the word.  One of Pontiac's most famous racers, Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick, campaigned a car called Mr. B's Passionate Poncho.


Video

1935 Pontiac Advertising
Duration: 11:19
This film was produced by Metropolitan Motion Picture Company for Pontiac.  It's a film for dealers showing them the advertising campaign for the 1935 Pontiac lineup.
This film is available courtesy of the Prelinger Archives (public domain).
Download 1935 Pontiac Advertising from The Internet Archive
[1955 Pontiac Advertising]
This film was produced by The Jam Handy Organization for Pontiac
This film is available courtesy of the Prelinger Archives (public domain).
Download 1955 Pontiac Advertising from The Internet Archive - 158MB - 7:00


Motorsports

Pontiacs were used prominently in NASCAR and drag racing competition, and also competed in Trans Am sports car racing.

Championships Won in Pontiacs

YearSeriesDriverModel
1962NASCAR Grand NationalJoe Weatherly
1963NASCAR Grand NationalJoe Weatherly
1982NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman SeriesJack Ingram
1985NASCAR Busch Late Model Sportsman SeriesJack Ingram
1986NASCAR Busch Grand National SeriesLarry Pearson
1989NASCAR Winston CupRusty WallaceGrand Prix
1990NASCAR Busch Grand National SeriesChuck Bown
2000NASCAR Winston CupBobby LabonteGrand Prix
2002NASCAR Winston CupTony StewartGrand Prix


Images

These images are either unidentified or not classifiable as a specific model of Pontiac.

1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe 1928 Landau Coupe
for $34,000
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
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1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe 1928 Landau Coupe
for $34,000
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
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1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe 1928 Landau Coupe
for $34,000
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
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1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe 1928 Landau Coupe
for $34,000
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
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1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe 1928 Landau Coupe
for $34,000
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
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1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe 1928 Landau Coupe
for $34,000
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
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1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe 1928 Landau Coupe
for $34,000
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1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe 1928 Landau Coupe
for $34,000
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
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1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe 1928 Landau Coupe
for $34,000
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
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United Auto Company 1929 Pontiac Ad United Auto Company
24 May 1929 - The Ludington Daily News
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Famous GM Cars 1933 Pontiac Convertible Coupe
Famous GM Cars

PONTIAC Convertible Coupe, 1933. L-head straight-eight engine, Synchro-Mesh transmission. The smooth performer was low-priced, gave good fuel economy. "Fine car ownership within the reach of every purse."
View Famous GM Cars: 1933 Pontiac Convertible Coupe - 9.0MB
1937 Pontiac De Luxe Series 26 1937
Pontiac De Luxe Series 26 2611 2-Door Touring Coach 1937
Photo by Lars-Göran Lindgren, Sweden
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Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".
1937 Pontiac DeLuxe 1937
Pontiac sedan manufactured 1937
Photo by "Charles01"
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Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".
1940 Pontiac Hot Rod 1940 Hot Rod
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1940 Pontiac Hot Rod 1940 Hot Rod
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1940 Pontiac Hot Rod 1940 Hot Rod
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1940 Pontiac Hot Rod 1940 Hot Rod
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1940 Pontiac Hot Rod 1940 Hot Rod
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car with Modifications
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car with Modifications
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car with Modifications
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car with Modifications
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car with Modifications
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car with Modifications
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car with Modifications
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car with Modifications
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car with Modifications
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1953 Pontiac 1953 Survivor Car with Modifications
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Pontiac Drawing Premier Model Kit Box
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1955 Pontiac Advertisement 1955 Advertisement
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
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Full Size Pontiac Lineup Full Size Pontiacs
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Full Size Pontiac Club Show
May 10, 2008
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1970 Pontiac Custom Pickup Model 1970 Custom Pickup
1:25 scale MPC kit
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden

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1970 Pontiac Custom Pickup Model 1970 Custom Pickup
1:25 scale MPC kit
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1970 Pontiac Custom Pickup Model 1970 Custom Pickup
1:25 scale MPC kit
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1970 Pontiac Custom Pickup Model 1970 Custom Pickup
1:25 scale MPC kit
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1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama 1970's Drag Car Garage Diorama
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1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama 1970's Drag Car Garage Diorama
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1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama 1970's Drag Car Garage Diorama
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1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama 1970's Drag Car Garage Diorama
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1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama 1970's Drag Car Garage Diorama
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Modern Pontiac Muscle Cars - GTO and G8 Modern Pontiac Muscle Cars
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2011 Indian Uprising
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Pontiac Sign Shadow Pontiac Sign Removed in Crystal Lake, Illinois
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
May 21, 2011
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Pontiac Arrowhead Tattoo Pontiac Arrowhead Tattoo
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Nostalgia Auto Show
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
November 1951Pontiac Service Craftsman NewsJPG - 140MB - 24 pages
December 1951Pontiac Service Craftsman NewsJPG - 111MB - 20 pages
13 October 1966NHTSA Recall 66V011003 1967 Pontiac, 1967 Pontiac Tempest
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING:FRONT UNDERHOOD
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
10 February 1967NHTSA Recall 67V016000 1967 Pontiac
Service Brakes, Hydraulic:Power Assist
Recall Page - 1 page
31 March 1967NHTSA Recall 67V034000 1967 Buick, 1967 Oldsmobile, 1967 PontiacRecall Page - 1 page
June 1976Emission Testing of 1974 Pontiac V-8 with Defective Thermal Vacuum Valves
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

PDF
- 345KB - 12 pages
1985'85 Pontiac Catalog
Pontiac
Topic Page - 338MB - 46 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
22 May 2009Pontiac - Foundations of PerformanceRonnie Tanner
17 July 2009A New American TragedyCongressional Record: Dan Burton
9 September 2009Pontiac Models Old and New Leave Great MemoriesHugh Hurst
26 January 20102010: A Year of Pontiac for C.A.R.S. in MiniatureBill Crittenden
14 September 2011My Version of Pontiac TodayBill Crittenden
18 October 2012A New Vision for General MotorsBill Crittenden
30 August 2014"Second Tier" PontiacsBill Crittenden
28 November 2014Pontiac History on Native American Heritage Day Bill Crittenden


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit 3 Pack - Monogram 6241Pontiac Muscle Cars (Pontiac Firebird, Pontiac GTO, Pro-Street Firebird)1:24 scale, Kay-Bee Special Value Tri-Pack: 1978 Trans Am, 1964 Pontiac GTO, 1980's Firebird Pro Street


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