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Pontiac

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Pontiac
Vehicle Marque

External Links
Wikipedia: Pontiac
Subtopics
Pontiac History
1926 Pontiac
1953 Survivor
Related Events
Full Size Pontiac Club Show
Indian Uprising
Sponsored Events
Pontiac Excitement 200 (ASA)
Pontiac Excitement 400 (NASCAR Winston Cup)
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Multimedia
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Article Index
Merchandise
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 Originally created as a "companion make" to Oakland, it eventually superseded its parent brand.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, Laurentian, Le Mans, Master Six, Montana, Montana SV6, Parisienne, Rev, Safari, Series 6-28, Series 6-29, Series 603, Solstice, Star Chief, Strato 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)
Sedars Pontiac (Mason City, Iowa)
Sisk Pontiac-Cadillac (Hopkinsville, Kentucky)
Wood Pontiac Cadillac Mazda (Santa Rosa, California)

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.


Reference Desk

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TypeTitle
1981 Book1981 Pontiac Service Manual: Pontiac, Grand Prix, LeMans and Firebird; General Motors Corporation
1989 Book1989 Pontiac Product Service Publications by Pontiac Division; General Motors Corporation
1993 BookPontiac Product Service Publications 1993 by Pontiac Division; General Motors Corporation
1999 BookBuick, Oldsmobile & Pontiac Full-size models 1970 thru 1990 Haynes Repair Manual by Ken Freund & John H. Haynes; Haynes Publishing Group


Multimedia

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


DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
1954Look at Pontiac for 1954!
The Jam Handy Organization for Pontiac

Topic Page
- 670MB - 29:37
1955The All New Car for All America
The Jam Handy Organization for Pontiac

Topic Page
- 246MB - 10:51


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 Subject:  1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $34,000.
View photo of 1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe - 3.5MB
1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe Subject:  1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $34,000.
View photo of 1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe - 3.6MB
1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe Subject:  1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $34,000.
View photo of 1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe - 2.5MB
1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe Subject:  1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $34,000.
View photo of 1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe - 2.1MB
1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe Subject:  1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $34,000.
View photo of 1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe - 3.8MB
1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe Subject:  1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $34,000.
View photo of 1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe - 3.5MB
1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe Subject:  1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $34,000.
View photo of 1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe - 3.0MB
1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe Subject:  1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $34,000.
View photo of 1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe - 3.3MB
1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe Subject:  1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Auction Info:  Sold for $34,000.
View photo of 1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe - 3.3MB
United Auto Company 1929 Pontiac Ad Subject:  United Auto Company Advertisement
Source:  The Ludington Daily News
Date:  24 May 1929
View photo of United Auto Company 1929 Pontiac Ad - 1.0MB
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 Subject:  1937 Pontiac De Luxe Series 26 2611 2-Door Touring Coach
Photographer:  Lars-Göran Lindgren, Sweden
License:  GNU Free Documentation License
View photo of 1937 Pontiac De Luxe Series 26 - 42KB
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 Subject:  1937 Pontiac DeLuxe
Photographer:  Charles01
License:  GNU Free Documentation License
Caption:  Pontiac sedan manufactured 1937
View photo of 1937 Pontiac DeLuxe - 1,228KB
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 Subject:  1940 Pontiac Hot Rod
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
View photo of 1940 Pontiac Hot Rod - 3,409KB
1940 Pontiac Hot Rod Subject:  1940 Pontiac Hot Rod
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
View photo of 1940 Pontiac Hot Rod - 3,239KB
1940 Pontiac Hot Rod Subject:  1940 Pontiac Hot Rod
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
View photo of 1940 Pontiac Hot Rod - 3,111KB
1940 Pontiac Hot Rod Subject:  1940 Pontiac Hot Rod
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
View photo of 1940 Pontiac Hot Rod - 3,025KB
1940 Pontiac Hot Rod Subject:  1940 Pontiac Hot Rod
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
View photo of 1940 Pontiac Hot Rod - 4,107KB
Pontiac Drawing Subject:  Premier Model Kit Box
Date:  1950's
View image of Pontiac drawing - 169KB
1955 Pontiac Advertisement Subject:  1955 Advertisement (Bolero Red & Raven Black)
View photo of 1955 Pontiac Advertisement - 1,327KB
Full Size Pontiac Lineup Subject:  Full Size Classic Pontiacs
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Full Size Pontiac Club Show
Date:  10 May 2008
View photo of Full Size Classic Pontiacs - 3,665KB
Vintage Monochrome Pontiac Photo by Kai Oberhäuser on Unsplash
View photo of Vintage Monochrome Pontiac - 1.4MB
Pontiac Tail Lights Photo by Alex Alexander on Unsplash
View photo of Pontiac Tail Lights - 1.9MB
Pontiac Convertible Photo by Alex Bertha on Unsplash
View photo of Pontiac Convertible - 3.1MB
Pontiac Convertible Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash
View photo of Pontiac Convertible - 3.7MB
1970 Pontiac Custom Pickup Model Subject:  1970 Custom Pontiac Pickup
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 GTR Summer NNL
Model Build Info:  1:25 scale MPC kit
View photo of 1970 Pontiac Custom Pickup model - 3,120KB
1970 Pontiac Custom Pickup Model Subject:  1970 Custom Pontiac Pickup
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 GTR Summer NNL
Model Build Info:  1:25 scale MPC kit
View photo of 1970 Pontiac Custom Pickup model - 2,874KB
1970 Pontiac Custom Pickup Model Subject:  1970 Custom Pontiac Pickup
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 GTR Summer NNL
Model Build Info:  1:25 scale MPC kit
View photo of 1970 Pontiac Custom Pickup model - 3,391KB
1970 Pontiac Custom Pickup Model Subject:  1970 Custom Pontiac Pickup
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 GTR Summer NNL
Model Build Info:  1:25 scale MPC kit
View photo of 1970 Pontiac Custom Pickup model - 2,685KB
1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama Subject:  1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2011 Indian Uprising Model Car Show
View photo of 1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama - 1,412KB
1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama Subject:  1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2011 Indian Uprising Model Car Show
View photo of 1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama - 1,526KB
1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama Subject:  1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2011 Indian Uprising Model Car Show
View photo of 1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama - 2,073KB
1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama Subject:  1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2011 Indian Uprising Model Car Show
View photo of 1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama - 1,891KB
1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama Subject:  1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2011 Indian Uprising Model Car Show
View photo of 1970's Pontiac Drag Car Garage Diorama - 1,936KB
Modern Pontiac Muscle Cars - GTO and G8 Subject:  Modern Pontiac Muscle Cars
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2011 Indian Uprising
View photo of Modern Pontiac Muscle Cars - GTO and G8 - 2,928KB
Pontiac Sign Shadow Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Location:  Crystal Lake, Illinois
Date:  21 May 2011
Caption:  Pontiac Sign Removed after the brand is discontinued
View photo of Pontiac Sign Shadow - 3,409KB
Pontiac Arrowhead Tattoo Subject:  Pontiac Arrowhead Tattoo
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 Nostalgia Auto Show
View photo of Pontiac Arrowhead Tattoo - 2.1MB


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 Pontiac
Recall 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
2 September 1927SALES OF PONTIAC SIX 100,000 THUS FAR, 1927The Ludington Daily News
7 December 2002ATTENTION PONTIAC OWNERS PAH PUBLISHING TAKES THE MYSTERY OUT OF BUYING USED PARTSPAH Publishing
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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