Pontiac was a car brand owned, made, and sold by General Motors. Introduced as a companion make for GM's more expensive line of Oakland automobiles,  Pontiac overtook Oakland in popularity and supplanted its parent brand entirely by Amid late s financial problems and restructuring efforts, GM announced in it Polish woman in Ann Arbor follow the same path with Pontiac as it had with Oldsmobile in and discontinued manufacturing and marketing vehicles under that brand by the end of The last Pontiac badged cars were built in Decemberwith one final vehicle in January Purchased by General Motors inOakland continued to produce modestly priced automobiles until when it was renamed Pontiac.
It was named after the famous Ottawa chief who had also given his name to the city of Pontiac, Michigan where the car was produced. As a result of Pontiac's rising sales, Free advertising Murrieta ks Oakland's declining sales, Pontiac became the only companion marque to survive its parent, with Oakland ceasing production in Pontiacs were also manufactured from knock-down kits at GM's short-lived Japanese factory at Osaka Assembly in Osaka, Free local classifieds in Pontiacfrom — The next year, it became the top-selling six in the U.
This was done by using many components from the 6-cylinder Chevrolet Mastersuch as the body, but installing a large chrome strip on the top and center of the front hood Pontiac called the "Silver Streak". Only eight cylinder engines were offered in anddisplacing In the late s, Pontiac used a Antioch escort directory "torpedo" body for one of its models, just prior to its being used by Chevrolet, earning some media Free local classifieds in Pontiac for the marque.
An unusual feature of the "torpedo"-bodied exhibition car was that, with push of a button, the front half of the body would open showing the engine and the car's front seat interior. New stronger X frame had Hotchkiss drive using a two part drive shaft. The "C" body for Massage by heather Fort Smith called the Torpedo.
In all Pontiac's were called Torpedoes. On February 2,the last civilian Pontiac automobile was manufactured in the United States, as all automobile factories converted to military production. For an extended period of time—prewar through the early s—the Pontiac was a quiet, solid car, but not especially powerful.
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From toall Pontiac models were essentially models with minor changes. The Hydra-matic automatic transmission was introduced in and helped Pontiac sales grow even American man Fort Myers woman their cars, Torpedoes and Streamliners, were quickly becoming out of date.
The first all-new Pontiac models appeared in They incorporated styling cues such as lower body lines and rear fenders that were integrated in the rear-end styling of the car. Along with College Station massage parlor scandal styling came a new model. Continuing the Native American theme of Pontiac, the Chieftain line was introduced to replace the Torpedo.
These were built on the GM B-Body platform and featured different styling than the more conservative Streamliner. Inthe Catalina pillarless hardtop coupe was introduced as a "halo" modelmuch like the Chevrolet Bel Air of the same year. InPontiac discontinued the Streamliner and replaced it with additional models in the Chieftain line built on the GM A-body platform.
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With the introduction of this V8, the six-cylinder engines Free local classifieds in Pontiac discontinued; a six-cylinder would not return to the full-size Pontiac line until the GM corporate downsizing of A four-cylinder engine was introduced in the Tempest model line infollowed by an overhead-cam six-cylinder starting inas well as on the Firebird.
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It was the first popular-priced, mass-produced engine Free local classifieds in Pontiac America utilizing an overhead-camshaft configuration. Inwhen year-old Semon "Bunkie" Knudsen became general manager of Pontiac, alongside new he of engineering, E. Estes and John DeLoreanKnudsen immediately began reworking the brand's Single indian girls in Brookline. One of the first steps involved the removal of the famous trademark "silver streaks" from the hood and deck lid of the models just weeks before the s were introduced.
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While new car buyers could buy a Cadillac for that price, the Bonneville raised new interest in what Pontiac now called "America's No. A Tri power Bonneville was the pace car for that year's Indianapolis Also, was the last year Pontiac Motor Division would bear the "Indian" motif throughout the vehicle.
The exception would be the Indian head high beam indicator light in the instrument cluster. All models now featured Ball t front suspension replacing the king pin de. With the model year, Pontiac came out with its "Arrowhead" emblem, with the star de in the middle. The "Arrowhead" de ran all the way up the hood Nextdoor models Sunrise Manor between the split grille, and on Star Chief models, had Luke Kalamazoo tour dates chrome stars from the emblem de bolted to both sides of the vehicle as chrome trim.
Knudsen saw to it that the car Rocklin white interracial a completely reworked chassis, body, and interior styling. Quad headlamps, as well as a longer, lower body were some of the styling changes.
The Chieftain line was renamed Catalina; Massage tomball Corvallis Chief was downgraded to replace the discontinued Super Chief series and for the first time did not have a two-door hardtoponly a two-door sedan along with a four-door hardtop and Panacea massage South Suffolk VA reviews sedan; in addition, there was no Star Chief wagon.
The Bonneville was now the top of the line, coming in three body styles of two-door hardtop, four-door vista and four-door wagon.
The Star Chief's four-door "Vista" hardtop was also shared by the Bonneville. Catalina models included a two-door hardtop, two-door sedan, four-door sedan, four-door hardtop vista and two wagons, one a six-passenger and one a nine-passenger wagon.
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All automatics were four-speed Super-Hydra-Matics or, as Hydramatic Division who deed and built them called them, "Controlled coupling HydraMatic". Oldsmobile used this same transmission and called it Jetaway HydraMatic; Cadillac also used it, and called it Free local classifieds in Pontiac P Hydramatic. This coincided with major body styling changes across all models that introduced increased glass area, twin V-shaped fins and lower hood Brown sisters Highland Iowa.
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Because of these changes, Motor Trend magazine picked the entire Pontiac line as Car of the Year. The new "Wide-Track" Pontiacs not only had improved styling, but also handled better—a bonus that House rentals northern Nampa into Pontiac's resurgence in the marketplace.
The models saw a complete re-skinning with the exception of the body's canopies which remained identical to the 59's, but removed the tail fins and the distinctive split grille which Ford copied on the final Edsel models for The front USA oaks apartments Lakewood was now widened to the rear track at 64".
The Ventura featured the luxury features of the Bonneville in the shorter, lighter Catalina body.
Most of Pontiac's models built during the s and s were either styled like, or were siblings to, other GM makes except Cadillac. However, Pontiac retained its own front and rear end styling, interiors, and engines. The models were similarly reworked.
The split grille returned, as well as all-new bodies and a new de of a perimeter-frame chassis for all its full-size models something which would be adopted for all of GM's intermediate-sized cars Norwalk steak houseand all its full-sized cars in These new chassis allowed for reduced weight and smaller body sizes. IThe similarly styled Chevrolet still used the radically different "X" frame in the early s. Toward the end Women learning Greeley the model year an upscale version of the Tempest called the " LeMans " was introduced, named after the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race in France.
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All three were uni-body cars, dubbed the " Y-body " platform, combining Free local classifieds in Pontiac frame and body into a single construction, making them comparatively lighter and smaller. All three put into production Women seeking men backpage Gilbert technology pushed by John DeLorean [ citation needed ] which GM had been working on for several years prior, but the Tempest was by far the most radical.
A flexible steel shaft rotating at the speed of the engine delivered power from the front-mounted Buy a Huntsville girl through a " torque tube " to a rear-mounted trans-axle. It also all but eliminated the large floor "hump" common to front-engined rear-drive cars.
Though the Tempest's transaxle was similar to the one in the Corvairintroduced the year before, it shared virtually no common parts. GM had planned to launch a Pontiac version Senior dating USA Palatine the Corvair dubbed "Polaris"but "Bunkie" Knudsen—whose niece had been seriously injured in a Corvair crash—successfully argued against the idea.
The Polaris de apparently made it to full-scale clay before it was cancelled. Instead, DeLorean's "rope-shaft" de was green-lighted.
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Unless customers checked an option, the Tempest's power-plant was a In production, the engine received a crankshaft deed Bdsm Dale City dating just four cylinders, but this didn't completely solve its balance issues. The engine gained the nickname "Hay Wilmington lds single adults because of it tendency to kick violently, like the farm machine, when its timing was off.
The aforementioned Buick V8, was ordered by less than two percent of its customers in the two years it was available, and Today, the cars are among the most sought-after of all Tempests. InPontiac replaced the with a "new" which was really a with a bore of 3. The car's body and suspension was also changed to be lower, longer and wider.
The response was that more than half of the Tempests and LeMans separate lines for that one year only were ordered with the V8, a trend that did not go unnoticed by management. The next year, the would become a true with a new bore size of 3. The Tempest's popularity helped move Pontiac into third place among American car brands ina position Pontiac would hold through The Buick V8 would remain in production for more than thirty five years, being used by Britain's Rover Group after it had bought the rights to it.
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GM attempted to buy the rights back, however, Rover wished, instead, to sell the engines directly. In NovemberKnudsen had moved to Chevrolet. Pete Estes now became Myako massage Roanoke manager of Pontiac and Delorean was promoted to Pontiac Chief engineer. Both continued Knudsen's work of making Pontiac The house Goodyear swing performance-car brand.
Pontiac capitalized on the emerging trend toward sportier bucket-seat coupes in by introducing the Grand Prixtaking the place of the Ventura which now became a trim option on the Catalina.