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Editorial: General Motors Watch 246: Pontiac

Excitement is an ephemeral phenomenon. As was It had its glorious day in the sunshine of the exciting

Pontiac was like the polite, middle child who ran away to in the early sixties, became a star, crashed in 1970, and the county fair nostalgia ever since. In between bouts in rehab. And now we’re to pay our last respects.

Not only was the “quiet” child in the GM household, it was the unplanned “accidental” child. in 1926 as a minor lower “companion” to Oakland, one of GM’s five car companies, Pontiac its mother’s death in the Depression. To costs, GM’s President Sloan had Pontiac share a Chevrolet body and chassis as as other major components.

It became a tarted-up Chevy, and Pontiac’s first straight-eight in 1933, a more powerful Thus badge-engineering was born.

In “a car for every pocketbook” dictum, became the (realistic) aspiration for the driver of the thirties. Pontiac’s slotted in exactly between the expensive Chevy range and the Oldsmobile.

But Sloan’s religiously structure collapsed at the beginning of the And by the fifties, the divisions were all each other. It was like a new to a professional wrestling tag team The GM Mid-Price Thee Stooges. And the GM team made sure to it look like they also fighting with other, it didn’t really as long as the real competition was

The competition’s contestants like and DeSoto were tossed out of the permanently. Mercury, Dodge and were left bloody. And it ketchup either.

But Pontiac was the of the GM team until 1959. when it reinvented itself, working out in earnest, grew a track, and let its (now dyed hair grow long. And it became the Star(Chief).

Instantly, jumped to fourth place in US The dreamy 1960 “Wide Pontiac” ads as rendered by Fitzpatrick and are icons of the time when were ready to fully image, youthfulness, style, and of all, excitement. Pontiac’s had arrived.

Unarguably the best styled of the sixties, Pontiac jumped to place in 1962 and held spot though the decade. It was a blow to Chrysler’s Plymouth which had claimed that since the late twenties. And in so, Pontiac sucked Chevy into the GM tag team spectacle.

And long, even Caddy be in the ring too, fighting for the attention (and suspension of

But all during the sixties, Pontiac had the to keep the eyes on it. The first was the Grand Prix coupe. It had the and formal elegance of the Buick coupe, at about three-fourths the

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But Pontiac really wowed the with its 1964 GTO. Now was something that hadn’t seen before. Drop-kick the big 389 the light, mid-size Tempest, with suspension, tire, and interior upgrades, and the affordable enthusiast car reached its zenith.

In pre-BMW era of fossilized British the GTO overwhelmingly had the best overall equation. Pontiac was BMW before BMW was (or available).

But like for so many of the sixties, the seventies were not to Pontiac. Its flabby beltline was showing. What remaining forces it could muster all concentrated on one remaining move, the Am.

And even that became a bit of a after one too many times. star had passed, and it tumbled out of the number three spot.

Now its moves were reduced to little imitations of Chevrolet: Astre, Sunbird, J-2000, etc. Having lost its Pontiac also began self-conscious attempts to capture the BMW like with the original Grand Am.

Oddly enough, last-ditch BMW-caricatures enjoyed a revival of interest during the But the crowd that was paying very much) was not exactly a coveted demographic. As in this description of the stereotypical driver of a Grand Am: “a nail manicurist who in a trailer with an unemployed wrestler?) boyfriend”. Pontiac had the Wal-Mart BMW.

Be careful you wish for.

Despite a few desperate last-ditch induced by steroids smuggled in Australia, Pontiac was tossed out of the for good. And the once-invincible GM tag team is looking for signs of life its few bloodied remaining members.

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