Pontiac Motor Company took its name from the city of Pontiac, Michigan, where the Edward M. Murphy first created the Pontiac Buggy Company in 1893. The company initially specialized in the production of horse-drawn carriages. A few years later, in 1907, when Murphy realized that the future was in the car, he changed his company to the Oakland Motor Car Company.
This company was bought by General Motors in 1909 after the death of its founder. The first Pontiac vehicle in 1926 was the five-seater bus, presented to the public at the New York Auto Show. He had a six-cylinder engine that was powerful enough to then be able to overtake the 4-cylinder machines, but cost less than most other models.
The success of the first model, which was sold in record numbers in 1929 gave birth to the next six-cylinder car, Pontiac Big Six, named so because of the increased volume and engine power. Initially, the first Pontiac cars sold by GM as a cheaper version of its models the Oakland, but since the 30s, the company tried to shake off the image of "reliable, but boring" cars.
They turned their attention to a new market and tried to achieve success faster, more beautiful cars, such as the Torpedo Deluxe and 8 Chieftain Super Deluxe, which also appeared in the coupe version. It is worth noting the fact that Pontiac was the first to offer customers a variety of engine options on the same machine.
But first an important model for the Bonneville Pontiac began in 1957, the one that introduced the fin design, which defined an entire era of American cars. Among the American car manufacturers, the Pontiac was seen as a vehicle that was luxurious as Chevrolet, but reliable and cheap as Oldsmobile and Buick.
In 1964 he was born the first "muscular" American car, and they became Pontiac, GTO (Grand Turismo Omologato). Since then, in the 60 years it has become fashionable to drive as fast as each could afford with as large engine. Looking good could only be behind the wheel of the Pontiac. While other manufacturers have managed to simulate this trend, GTO still remained the original "muscular" car.
But the GTO was not the only cult car, which came out in the 60s under the Pontiac logo. In 1967, another American car saw the light - Pontiac Firebird, a direct competitor Dodge Challenger and Mercury Cougar. Soon, in 1969, came Firebird Trans Am. Both the car continued to be produced at GM's plant until 2002.
When the oil crisis of the 70s reached America, GM was in a long line of gas-guzzling engines that were not environmentally friendly. With all the new regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and fuel shortages, people do not want to buy more "muscular" cars and GM has been forced to reduce the dimensions of the car only to stay on the market.
In the 80's Pontiac Fiero was the car, according to many, assembled from parts of other GM models. This led to a loss of popularity among the public, however, a later version of the car was pretty good in terms of performance.
It followed a long time for Pontiac, in which all the cars were sold only other models of GM, but with Pontiac logo. The only notable issue was the emergence of Pontiac Trans Sport and Sunfire. Fans may remember Pontiac Firebird Model 90s, which had a very "torpedo" shape, being the embodiment of the American sports car.
In order to help the company succeed, the famous GTO was raised, but the results were not to everyone's taste, as well as Firebird is not very "friendly terms" with traditionalists. Based on the chassis of the Australian Vauxhall Monaro, the new GTO has the same staying power as its predecessor, but with a visual point of view, he lacked originality, which ultimately caused many fans "turn away" from the new model.
Pontiac later returned to their outcomes as a mass provider of "muscular" cars with the release Pontiac Solstice in 2005, which was the first model equipped with the V8 engine, since 1987.