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Added by: Larry
June 24, 2024 10:24PM

1926 Pontiac and Indian

I love the press release sticker on the back of this photo "A.R. Clancy, Pontiac's General Manager, is shown talking with an Indian". Gee, that was big of him! It has a 1926 date also typed on it, but we know that is not correct as that is definitely the hood of a 1937 Pontiac shown over the rear deck of the '26.

From the sappy looking hats (other than the Indian's headdress) from the '20s that the men are wearing, it appears this was some sort of "Old Days" event that brought this 1926 Pontiac out for the occasion.

Interesting is that this is shown as "1926 Pontiac No. 1 Built December 1925". We know that today Pontiac Motor Division has 1926 Pontiac No. 2 in their historical collection. With this No. 1 Pontiac still around in 1937, and doing VIP duty, you would almost guess it could still be around. Anybody know? And, please, don't say it went to the WWII metal drives. My father still talks about the 1930-something ALL aluminum body Lincoln limo that his rich buddy Cornie LaVeber's family gave to the scrap drive! The only way I would have condoned that is if I was guaranteed that a 500lb aluminum bomb would have been dropped directly on Hitler's head!

Added by: Larry
January 30, 2013 08:47AM

1931 Pontiac Assembly Plant

Notice that the title does not say "Assembly Line." I guess in 1931 not every manufacturer was convinced that Old Henry had the best idea of the moving assembly line.

At best these '31 Pontiacs were pushed from spot to spot for the next person or persons to do their job. Unless this was a lunch hour shot, it sure didn't look like the busiest place to work. Where are all the people?

Note the body shells along the top level in center and on the right. These seem to be on skids of some sort, but that would be because the wheels weren't on yet.

Added by: Larry
January 30, 2013 09:22AM

1934 Pontiac Camper Setup

This was shown for sale and generated some pretty critical comments... downright nasty in some cases. Now, while I too like things that look more original, I do see the craftsmanship involved in this unique rig... a big one at that too! It leaves a little (perhaps a lot) to be desired in the front end treatment, especially when you consider how many cool donor front ends could have been used. You have to look very closely just to even see the original body section of the '34 Pontiac.

Added by: Larry
January 19, 2017 11:59AM

1934 Pontiac in Germany

OK, I'll bite. What could the story possibly be behind this photo from LIFE magazine?

Shot in 1940, we see a pretty sharp looking (except for damage) '34 4-door sedan Pontiac-- complete with the hard to find unbroken Indianhead radiator ornament.

Many cars were confiscated, along with lots of other loot, by the Nazis back during that dark period. It would be interesting to know what Der Fuher would have though about an automobile with such deep Indian heritage... they weren't blond and blue-eyed, you know.

Added by: Larry
January 30, 2013 10:11AM

1935 Pontiac- PMD Assembly Line

It appears that this is a post card of some sort, perhaps sent to dealers for sales purposes; we do not know. But it certainly was printed at one time judging by the "grainy" look. Note that there are no robots lurking about here. As a matter of fact, there is no more than what might be an air hose hanging down to indicate any sort of automation. It's obviously near the end of the assembly line, but it looks like there is still some engine work going on as well as maybe items underneath in the pit. These early years were labor intensive and lead to some darn good lives for a lot of line workers for many years. Not today though!

Added by: Larry
September 20, 2022 09:58PM

1936 Pontiac Woody Wagon

There are couple of things odd about this old '36 Pontiac wagon. The first one being that they didn't make any wagons at Pontiac until 1937. Secondly that it hails from over yonder in Merry Old England. Those two items pretty well lay the answer for the unusual body shape. You see, in England, post-war, if you wanted something you made it and there was no better place than where custom quality coach building had been going on for hundreds of years already. Sadly, this is just an old photo stumbled upon by intrepid early Pontiac lover Graham Webber in England, and there seems to be no history of who did this conversion. If you see this old Pontiac woodie around, let us know. It is one super rare dog.

Added by: Larry
November 13, 2023 09:38PM

1938 Canadian Hot Rod

Talk about "understated"... WOW! This is one cool looking street rod. It takes some guts to do a custom sort of car in all white. And while it may not be as snappy looking a bright red, chrome actually stands out better on white than all other colors. Why...? Because chrome reflects black back,so if you have a dark car, the chrome actually tends to get lost. Can't you just see this car being used as a formal livery car, such as for a wedding where everything is "supposed" to be white?

Added by: Larry
September 25, 2017 02:42PM

1938 Pontiac- Used Car Lot

There's a commercial today taking place at a car dealership where the people supposedly buying keep saying how they don't understand, and are even "just not comfortable." Well, here's a used car dealership from at least around the late '30s or early '40s. My question is: How would you feel dealing with either of these two guys? We don't know if the one on the right (who looks like a gangster) is supposedly playing the salesman, and the one on the left (who looks like a boxer) is playing the buyer, but we don't want any where near them with our money!

Check the '35 or '36 Pontiac two cars over from the '38 Pontiac in front, and see if you can find the '34 and other '35 or '36 Pontiacs in the lineup on the left.

This must have been a pretty seedy car lot, because they still had a lot of cars from the early '30s and even the '20s. Sure would like one now, but back then these cars just didn't hold up very well when they were getting long-in-the-tooth.

Added by: Larry
April 02, 2018 07:27PM

1939 Pontiac Coupe and Cowboy

This here shot, partner, had to be of a brand spanking new '39 Pontiac coupe judging from the 1938 California license plate. Ya recon? Actually, from the car's new appearance, the genuine cowboy (right!), and the California plate, it is sure to have been a promotional shot with a rented cow puncher. Was a cowboy ever that clean? I doubt it.

Added by: Larry
March 28, 2016 03:39PM

1939 Pontiac Hearse

For those who always think bigger is better, perhaps a "professional" Pontiac would do the trick. These older cars, like this '39 Pontiac hearse, were quite attractive. Not like the newer ones that had such high, boxy roofs. They were quite elegant too, including things like side-mount front fenders. After all, nobody wants a cheap looking last ride.

These cars are seeing a lot of attention from the resto rod people. Not only do they make a very unique ride, but they certainly give plenty of room for friends and/or luggage.

Don't be spooked by the spirts possibly residing in an old Pontiac hearse. In such a car of final choice, they would have to be happy ones!

Added by: Larry
May 11, 2018 11:19AM

1939 Pontiac- Kansas State Patrol

What a proud day this must have been to be selected for a photo shoot of the new '39 Pontiac patrol car and all its accessories... not to mention the dapper dress uniforms. But how times have changed.... "We have some flares... we have a broom..." Today's patrol cars are equipped like a command center, medical center, and repair shop. Even the cars today are extra heavy duty. Check that front bumper center push guard compared to the military, off-road looking ones on today's state patrol cars. Perhaps this is just a reflection of a more simple, peaceful time too.

Added by: Larry
August 31, 2017 11:51AM

1940 Pontiac- Definitely Ship-Shape

I have stumpled across another shot of a beautiful young model and a 1940 Pontiac. Check out previous post at: Click Here

It is pretty obvious that this is a "modern" shot just made to look old (WWII time). Regardless, it is a striking use of beauty... I mean the '40 Pontiac, of course.

I hope this young lass is keeping an eye on the swabbie sneaking up behind her with her mirror... most anyone who was in the service knows full well what's on his mind... I mean the '40 Pontiac, of course.

Gee, what's everybody else thinking?!

Added by: Larry
January 30, 2013 03:02PM

1941 Pontiac and Lowell Thomas

Back in "the old days" people gained their celebrity the old fashioned way... they worked for it. Not like today when some bimbo lets you film her doing inane things all day and becomes famous over night.

Here we see very famous author, radio announcer, and world traveler Lowell Thomas with his car of choice, a beautiful 1941 Pontiac 4-door sedan. And like all men of the world, his trusty dog (a big one) is at his side.

Added by: Larry
June 07, 2017 07:33PM

1941 Pontiac Checker Cab

Remember cabs? They were just like Uber but organized as companies, of which Checker was by far the largest. So if the Checker Cab Company gave Pontiac the thumbs-up for their cars, that was saying something. After all, the life of a cab is hard, so the bones of the cab have to be strong. Pontiacs 100,000 mile slogan was probably quickly met by an active cab in a big city.

This 1941 Pontiac Checker Cab is not only a tough operator, but a darn snazzy looking ride. Imagine that rolling to pick you up instead of some well worn Chebby. Enough beating up on the less fortunate.

Now, "Downtown cabbie, and step on it!"

Added by: Larry
December 12, 2017 05:26PM

1941 Pontiac Taxi Interior

Building taxi cabs isn't the most glamorous part of any manufacturer's line, but these and other commercial vehicles certainly help pay the bills, though the margins are usually small. This 1941 Pontiac was showing off the interior luggage space in the cab layout.

We don't know if Pontiac actually modified/installed the taxi equipment (kinda doubt it), but it was sure unique. Aside from the meter, note that there is actually a turned-around seat added where the front passenger seat portion used to be.

Pontiac's "Good for 100,000 Miles" slogan must have been very attractive to the taxi industry.

Added by: Larry
October 18, 2017 04:27PM

1942 Pontiac Retail Store

This looks like a scene right out of a Boogie movie. Can you imagine a time when men wore these hats everywhere... even while at work in their uniform-type attire?

We're not quite sure just what a "Pontiac Retail Store" is, so will only guess a part of the factory (since it is identified as in Pontiac, Michigan) where perhaps cars and trucks (like the GMC hood we see) got parts added that were not available on the normal assembly line. And just what was this place like only one month after all civilian production ceased for the beginning of World War II (in February)?

Added by: Larry
April 03, 2017 07:11PM

1946 Pontiac Fastback- Looking Worn

Have you noticed how seldom you see an actual well-worn car today? Sometimes it's hard to tell today if a car is old because they change so little, but rarely do they just look pooped out like here.

Now we're not picking on this True Blue Pontiac, as it must have served- and continue to serve- someone well. And, that said, wouldn't you just love a cool '46 Streamliner 2-door today?

Added by: Larry
October 13, 2016 05:43PM

1947 Pontiac- Reflections

We often consider a hobbyist's car as a reflection of that owner's likes and perhaps even his or her's special era, be it youth, a favorite old relative, etc.

This 1947 Pontiac Streamliner certainly takes that idea to the max, but for totally different reasons. It is actually more of a rolling disco-ball ornament used in an MTV awards appearance by George Michael. Anyone see the program where it was used? Today the highly reflective Pontiac rests in a bar somewhere in England keeping whoever polishes the glasses even busier!

To enjoy this MTV Pontiac star visit: Click Here

Added by: Larry
January 30, 2013 04:37PM

1947 Pontiac- Rockefeller Center

Those were pretty good-sized cars roaming the streets of The Big Apple long ago. The Pontiac appears to be a Streamliner Eight with a 122" wheelbase and just a hair over 210" long. But that big MOPAR taxi has even it beat. It doesn't look too congested as compared to today, and there are no "Naked Cowboys" or homeless running around either. Today you would need Atlas to protect you, and for heaven sakes, don't even think about the subways!

Added by: Larry
May 18, 2023 04:04PM

1948 Pontiac Convertible

The 1948 Pontiac is perhaps the most sought after of the 1942 through '48 era of Pontiacs. No surprise though as even with few changes over that span of years, they did get better. Most obvious being the multi-bar grille as it evolved to 1948.

What is particularly noticeable here is what we see in most advertising shots of that time... everyone is always dressed to the 9s. The gals are looking like they're ready for a evening on the town, even while strolling around outside. And no man is ever seen without a full suit and tie. Did nobody ever do casual?

The other thing seen here is pretty rare. Seldom do we see a light colored, especially what looks to be white, color car from that era. They were almost always dark paint, with black and Parma Wine red being the most popular.

Added by: Larry
January 03, 2017 06:40PM

1949 Pontiac- Boozer

It looks like this sharp "fastback" '49 Pontiac made a little detour so someone could get a little liquid refreshment.. an adult beverage as it were. It seems hard to believe someone would just pull over, all dressed up, and stand on the side of the road chug-a-lugging. But then again, seeing the Wisconsin license plate, and having grown up there, it isn't all that strange any longer. My guess is, he was just trying to get up some nerve to go to confession.

Added by: Larry
May 21, 2018 08:26PM

1950 Pontiac Convertible- Cruising Cuba

We've all hear of the "hoard" of American Iron presumably sitting in politically land-locked Cuba since the early '60s. This appears to be one of the better looking, complete, and authentic examples. Truth be told, theses cars that have keep Americans drooling for the possibility of tapping into are both wrecks and messes of mesh-mashed parts. Us Pontiac loves can rejoice that this nice looking Pontiac drop top has been preserved as well as it has. Note that many of the cars in Cuba actually serve as taxi serve vehicles.

Added by: Larry
May 01, 2017 06:33PM

1950 Pontiac Painting

We're gonna go out on a limb and call this a "painting" though it may not be. It does, however, remind us of oil painting where gobs of paint are thrown down and suddenly something appears, or water colors when swatches of watered down paint magically create a scene. This is most likely computer generated, but of the same sort of style. It is amazing how few lines it actually takes to make an image. This is probably the simplest '50 Pontiac ever painted... and darn nice looking!

Added by: Larry
October 04, 2017 05:47PM

1952 Pontiac PanAmerican Race Car

"V-8? We don't need no stinkin' V-8!" Such must have been the reply from the crew of this 1952 Pontiac Carrera Panamericana race car as it readied itself to take on the entire length of Mexico in one of the most grueling and dangerous races ever. In its short five year run from 1950 to 1954 27 people lost their lives, drivers and spectators alike. Thus it was cancelled, but revived in 1988.

These long stroked Pontiac flathead eights were no speed demons, but once they got rolling, the miles must have melted away. We don't know how this '52 Pontiac fared, but usually less than half the cars that started even finished the race.

Added by: Larry
February 27, 2018 02:33PM

1953 Pontiac Catalina- in Small Show Room

This is perhaps one of the smallest new car showrooms we have ever seen. It appears to double as the secretary's office too. This is quite a change from what car dealerships evolved into, but rather indictive of the old days when a car dealership in a small town may have been little more than a car repair shop. Check out the cool neon "GM Hydra-Matic Drive" sign hanging in the window. Featured is the top of the line (non-convertible or station wagon Pontiac). Since the B-pillar was removed a couple years earlier, these two-door hardtops quickly became the public's favorite. The idea was all the open-air feeling of a convertible, but with the safety of a steel roof overhead and warmth in the winter. This '53 Catalina hardtop was quite the snazzy car!

Added by: Larry
December 31, 2021 10:51AM

1953 Pontiac- Custom

It doesn't take much to tastefully customize a big '53 Pontiac. This is a perfect example. Other than chrome accents to the painted steel wheels, a low stance, side pipes, and some pinstriping, this is a stock car (not telling of the underside or inside though).

At first we thought this was trying for Rat Rod "status" but it turns out what looks like rust on the door are actually weeds. However, that said, this car isn't ashamed of its slightly dull paint and copper showing through the chrome on the bumper.

Added by: Larry
July 20, 2022 06:57PM

1954 Goldfinger Pontiac

When you see movie effects like in "Avatar," it is amost laughable when you see a staged "accident scene" like this. Could anything look more phoney?

Surprisingly, this was from a scene in the 1964 James Bond "Goldfinger." These flicks back then were considered state-of-the-art in effects and realism. This was shot somewhere near Paducah, Kentucky. Not being a big James Bond fan, I wonder if it had anything to do with the nuclear power plant located there.

On the plus side of their lack of realism, it appears that the 1954 Pontiac Chieftain two-door hardtop and the 1955 Oldsmobile suffered no real damages. Well perhaps the Olds needed some paint work on its right side. So, unlike today when those Holly-weird dopes think nothing of destroying great collector cars "in the name of art," at least these two neat old cars appear to have lived another day.

"READY. SET. ACTION. Pop up hood. Fling open door. Lay out of door pretending to be injured. CUT!" Perfect. Oscar material!

Added by: Larry
January 30, 2013 05:39PM

1954 Pontiac Star Chief and Young Love

Remember cuddling up with your sweetheart on the fender of your car? Well, I don't either, but it appears it might have been the thing to do back in the '50s. Which is the obvious time period for this shot. This big '54 Star Chief- the first year for the stretched Pontiac model- was a pretty snazzy ride for a young man back then. Perhaps not the fastest thing off the line, but no slouch either with that big churning straight-8. And, a serious luxury ride with an equally serious sport factor- hardtop, fender skirts, and tons of Pontiac chrome.

Added by: Larry
June 01, 2016 06:50PM

1955 Pontiac Strato Star Show Car

The mid-'50s were awash with futuristic looking show cars. GM was a top contender with its traveling Motorama Show, and Pontiac was participating in the future too with quite a number of show-stopping vehicles. This 1955 Strato Star was one of them.

What is sort of unusual is that this 1955 "futuristic" car had quite a few features that weren't far out, but actually in current production. Check the vents above the headlights and a grille/bumper that looks very 1956. How about the hood Silver Streaks? Guess before Bunkie Knudson came around they were still considered part of the future.

Added by: Larry
April 04, 2013 05:38PM

1955 Pontiac Wagon- Used Car Lot

If only we could go back in time! Even if just to stroll through these old used car lots one more time. Where would you go? To that very clean looking '55 Pontiac wagon, those two '55 Chevys, the '54 or so Oldsmobile next to the '55s, or that '56 Chevy whose tail we see sticking in the picture? It looks like a huge lot, so who knows what treasures we might find. That 2-door Chieftain wagon would be pretty rare today as only 8,618 were built.

Added by: Larry
June 29, 2024 04:09PM

1955 Pontiac- Wall Art

At first glance one might think this was a decorated paint store showing off its rainbow of colors. But that wouldn't explain the '55 Pontiac convertible. We've seen old dealerships that had some pretty larger-than-life portraits of their new cars on their buildings, but this looks more like a warehouse location than a busy car lot/dealership. And what's up with the "Driven to Succeed" slogan?

Added by: Larry
March 29, 2023 03:08PM

1956 Pontiac 4 X 4

We've shown a pretty good assortment of Pontiacs that have taken the 4 X 4 road here, but this is the first 1956 Poncho. While we've never been big fans of this sort of conversions, usually because the "builder" gets a little carried away in the lift department, we have to admit a certain fondness for this buggy. It may be because someone saved an otherwise seldom restored (as in sink money into it) little 4-door sedan to work with. Or because it just plain looks right. Its proportions seem correct and it's not sticking up in the clouds. So, from us... cool ride!

Added by: Larry
February 21, 2017 07:43PM

1956 Pontiac Wagon Rail Road Car

This Nevada Northern Railway Company inspection car appears to be pretty new, and decked out for all sorts of work. It never ceases to make us wonder just how well coordinated these vehicles were with train traffic, and could those rail wheels be quickly retracted to make a hasty exit from the tracks if a train was coming at you?

Added by: Larry
November 17, 2019 01:05PM

1957 Chieftain in Scandinavia

Scandinavian countries have all seemed to be very pro-Pontiac going back many years. We are not certain why other than in Pontiac's early years "knock-down" cars were being sent there and Pontiac must have caught on and served them well. We are not sure which country this nice new (though Plain Jane) Chieftain was shot in, but the young family sure looks proud and pleased with their new car. If this was a Canadian Pontiac, the engine would have been a six cylinder dur to no "V" badges on the fender. At least the steering wheel is on the correct side!

Added by: Larry
May 15, 2020 02:49PM

1957 Pontiac Race Car- Wrecked

While this wreck shows Herb Thomas' name on the roof, it was actually early NASCAR legend Fonty Flock (primarily known for winning in Oldsmobiles and Chryslers) who had his last career Cup race after he had a ferocious crash at Darlington substituting in Herb Thomas’ Keith Motors Pontiac in the 1957 Southern 500. Flock made a retirement announcement shortly thereafter from his hospital bed. Could you blame him? He was lucky to survive back when safety wasn't anything near what it is today (and is still dangerous).

Added by: Larry
August 12, 2019 01:04PM

1958 Pontiac- Big Camping Trip

These people do not believe in traveling light, even when camping. Just look at all the stuff! At first you wonder just how in the heck that Pontiac can pack all that inside- then you notice the big green home-made looking roof top carrier. Not too aerodynamic, but it gets the job done.

One thing has us puzzled though about the car. It appears to be a 2-door hardtop, although that could be a pillar. However, in the side spear are what look like four "things" (stars?) in the front portion and a script (?) in the rear portion. That doesn't match any pictures we can find. The only photos we see with four stars and a script are just the opposite in layout- stars to the back of the side spear and the script to the front. Unless the first thing we think might be a star is actually an emblem, then this could be a Canadian Pontiac. Ideas?

Added by: Larry
June 28, 2023 06:14PM

1959 Pontiac 4-Door "Rat Drag" Car

Perhaps we missed an era or something, but was there a time a bit ago when drag racers went the Rat Run route with their rides? Most all racers pride themselves in having vehicles that are neat and pretty no matter the lumps and bumps they may suffer. Not so much, this example. But it does serve to prove that it isn't looks that wins races, rather performance. Sort of odd choice too, being a 4-door sedan high roof Pontiac. Who knows, perhaps that body has perfect weight distribution... certainly not aerodynamics.

Added by: Larry
December 01, 2017 08:16PM

1959 Pontiac Bonneville- Yonny Koyama

This is a cool custom '59 Pontiac and a sad story too. It was originally built by Barris Kustoms and Ortega's Custom Shop. Koyama felt that using two different shops would bring together some unique, and different, ideas.

We don't know where the Bonneville is today, but we do know that sadly in 2012 Koyama, now an optometrist, was killed when his Mercedes Benz struck a horse that had gotten loose and wandered onto the highway.

Added by: Larry
April 09, 2018 06:28PM

1959 Pontiac in the Snow

Is this what your next restoration project is looking like? We hope not. It would be far better to be indoors lovingly covered in anticipation of another great old Pontiac rolling down the road again. But if there is no choice, we would rather see it slumbering under a blanket of snow than in a wrecking yard somewhere. Let's hope it is not sinking into the ground too... and that all the windows are rolled up nice and tight!

Added by: Larry
April 29, 2016 09:20AM

1959 Pontiac- Waiting in Line

Admit it, we have all been in this situation... too many cars to get around to, so they become work benches and storage shelves. At least these nice Vista '59 Pontiacs (top Star Chief and bottom Catalina) are safely inside away from the elements that far too often ruin them long before they get the restoration they deserve. These Vistas are really unique cars that are finally appreciated for their great styling. Sadly, however, far too many got scrapped or their parts contributed to a convertible or hardtop restoration. Bet you wish you had one of them now!

Added by: Larry
January 24, 2019 12:10PM

1960 Pontiac and Duster

You have to admit that this is a pretty unusual shot. The color contrasts are stark. The distance between the two cars is a bit frightening though! It also represents quite a wide span of automotive interests too. What could be farther apart than a massive '60 Pontiac and a '70-something Plymouth Duster? Or is it a Demon?

Added by: Larry
March 18, 2023 04:11PM

1960 Pontiac Ventura Rendering

This '50s style hot rod treatment works well on a '60 Pontiac. After all, they already have sexy lines that respond well to the flat black spray, and as long and low as they already are, slamming them seems only natural.

But what doesn't seem natural is that this isn't really a photo of a cool '60 Pontiac at all, but rather a rendering of one. The trick of good airbrush work, whether with gun and paint or in a computer program, is that it doesn't look overly illustrated. That said, it is probably natural to start a piece like this with a real car photo. It still takes a lot of work, but the illustrator doesn't have to waste time getting the angles, size, and perspective set up.

Added by: Larry
November 22, 2017 05:17PM

1960-62 Pontiac Police Cars

It looks like some police department (we believe somewhere in California) knew what it took to catch the bad guys. One would assume that it was in 1962 judging by the quantity of those. But they were obviously no strangers to Pontiac performance as seen with a 1961 and even an unmarked 1960 Pontiac. Note the '60 is a 2-door. Probably a detective car or some big shot's wheels. The Harley on one end is probably parking patrol, and the '62 Dodge on the other end the booby prize for the guy who didn't make his ticket quote for the week. Back many years ago when we used to find ex-police cars on car lots, they were usually very heavy duty, and most often 3-speeds. How cool would it be to have had one of them? But we were always afraid if the abuse and high miles they had.

Added by: Larry
March 07, 2016 06:38PM

1960s Pontiac and Cadillac Dealership

Let's see... a '62 Impala 2-door hardtop, a '63 Tempest coupe, a '61 Pontiac convertible, a '63 Grand Prix, a '59 Cadillac, a '63 Chevy, a '64 Pontiac, a '65 Cadillac, and a '56 or '56 T-Bird....! If this is heaven, I'm gonna start going to church some more!

For many of us, this is what the car lot roaming was all about in the mid- to late-1960s. I can remember some really great old cars that we should have grabbed and stashed away. Would have been a lot better than any 401K- and a lot more fun too. I remember a 1964 Mercury Colony Park station wagon on a lot with bucket seats, full console, and a 4-speed! Boy, I wish I could get that time machine I'm building in the garage to work!

Added by: Larry
December 25, 2017 08:57AM

1961 Bonneville Convertibe- Leave it to Beaver

This was just past the mid-way point of the running of the well-known family show "Leave it to Beaver" which ran from 1957 to 1963. Whatever the occasion was, the choice of parade vehicles for the two young stars couldn't have been better. Obviously in California, it doesn't look to be a very well attended event. It is cool though to see the big-finned MOPAR and '59 Ford parked on the street too. Wish we could make out more of that long line of old cars. Sadly, big brother Wally (Tony Dow) passed away in 2022 but Beaver is still with us. Both went on to good careers in the entertainment industry with little of the drama the new "stars" seem to generate wherever they go today. Guess they were actually as wholesome as the characters they portrayed.

Added by: Larry
May 21, 2023 04:25PM

1961 Catalina Station Wagon

You have to wonder if those on the other side of the fence know about all the treasures just out of sight and getting over grown with greenery. We don't know what the other car is; perhaps a '64 Chevy? Certainly looks to be of the GM family.

But there is a little more that has us wondering too. Check that emblem on the front fender. We can't make it out, but we cannot find any other reference 1961 photo that shows an emblem there. It looks like it starts with a "A" so we were wondering if perhaps an Armbruster professional car. But it doesn't look like it's been stretched or otherwise altered, and the squiggles of the letters don't seem to follow. Any gueses?

Added by: Larry
December 24, 2020 02:37PM

1961 Pontiacs and "Bunkie" Knudson

There were plenty of illuminating personalities and talents to go through the Pontiac empire (well, after the mid-'50s that is). One of the biggest names in Pontiac and helping to turn it from an old man's car to a young man's car was Semon Knudson. As we see here, these new '61 Pontiacs- full-size and the all new Tempest were certainly something to smile about. We can sure be proud of those who made Pontiac great!

Added by: Larry
February 21, 2021 08:45AM

1962 Tempest

You have got to admit, this is one sexy looking early Tempest. It was sent in by one of our members who owns a '62 Tempest also, although much more in the stock family than this. It was found for sale on Craig's List for $12,500.

It is on a Model A frame and has a 383 Chrysler engine with automatic transmission. Obviously, there is little else remaining that is of Pontiac origin either.

Would this be cool, or what, with a Pontiac powerplant and perhaps Pontiac wheels and other PMD goodies?! How about an early Pontiac grille and radiator shell?

Added by: Larry
January 31, 2013 10:11AM

1963 Catalina Wagon- Six Gun Territory

So you'd like to cruise around in a sharp 1963 Catalina Station Wagon, huh? Better check with Sheriff Frank Morgan the Sheriff of Cochise first. This one's reserved for him. This is actor John Bromfield who stared in the "Sheriff of Cochise," a TV western that began in 1956. The setting was most likely the Six Flags Territory that opened in 1963 in Silver Springs, Florida. Like so many tourist attractions, this western themed park closed in 1984; very likely one of the many Disney causalities.

Added by: Larry
May 04, 2017 07:00PM

1963 Fleur de Lis- 1963 Chicago Auto Show

Long gone were the wild concept cars from the '50s, only to be replaced by what appeared to be actual factory cars with gimmicks and do-dads, often giving nothing more than a slightly customized car might carry. Here we see the Tempest most likely trying to appeal to the feminine audience (remember the Chrysler La femme in 1955?). The Chicago Auto Show has always been a hot spot for new car announcements, continuing on today in the huge McCormick Place auditorium.

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April 22, 2016 10:09AM

1963 Pontiac Parisienne

So many like to complain about that huge chunk of front fender chrome on the '63 Pontiacs... sort of a love it or hate it item. But few have the "PARISIENNE" label to flash around. Obviously a Canadian brother, but to us below the border, more of a neat customized Pontiac. As we always say, if you want a cool Pontiac like nobody else has, shop for a Canadian model. Sorry about that Chevrolet drive train, but cool nonetheless

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October 28, 2016 07:11PM

1963 Pontiac- Old Cars Weekly Calendar

I swear if it wasn't for Pontiac, half of the marketing and advertising photography would never have happened. While changing my 2017 calendar for the new one, I noticed (for the first time) that the Old Cars Weekly people had used a 1963 Pontiac with its amazingly distinctive stacked headlights and bezel in the advertising for their web site. Out of every car to choose from for the number one spot, it was once again a Pontiac. Never any lack of good taste when it comes to choosing Pontiac!

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January 02, 2018 02:55PM

1964 Pontiac- Freemont, CA Assembly Plant

Is this how you felt when you did your frame-off restoration after getting the chassis and drive train all done? You know, invite all the family, your friends, and neighbors for a private viewing? I did...! Kidding. But wouldn't you like to fine an NOS setup like this to speed up your '64 restoration project? What we're wondering, however, is what size Pontiac this is. The factory photo only says "Pontiac." We can see a Chevelle right ahead of it though. Which makes us wonder more than about the car size... why is the Chevelle finished appearing, and the Pontiac only a rolling frame? Strange, huh?

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December 30, 2017 06:26PM

1964 Pontiac- Kentucky Favorite Racer

Not every racer will achieve super star status... unless, of course, you ask the locals at the tracks they loved to run. Here is one such person, Andy Hampton running a '64 Pontiac at the Louisville, Kentucky fairgrounds. Even with bigger track wins under his belt, this Kentucky local loved the smaller, even dirt, tracks. These were the days of true "cowboys" on the race track. And they were also the days many of us remember well when the cars actually looked like the cars at the local dealership.

Visit this web site for more about this home town hero. And while he may not have always been a Pontiac-man, he was always a true gentleman racer. Click Here

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March 28, 2016 04:47PM

1964 Vandalized GTO

"Oh, my!" Let's hope this wasn't someones pride and joy parked in the wrong place at the wrong time. Well, actually, regardless of how this once proud GTO ended up in this condition, there was definitely something that was wrong.

We don't know if this was a poor victim of some inner city riot scene that was happening in those mid-60s or just a typical example of a stolen car, stripped and damaged to the point of just urban blight. Sadly, it was never to be loved again if and when it got hauled away.

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April 03, 2017 07:22PM

1965 Custon Pontiac Catalina

Check out this "creation" against the yellow '65 custom here too. Sorta look the same, huh? Well, we think so too. Our guess would be that this horrible '60s to '70s scalloping paint job was the first, followed by a more "subdued" yellow.

This thing looks like it was lifted right off the cover of an AMT 1:24 model car box... you know the kits that had no class, but looked cool to a 13 year old?!?

Either paint scheme... this thing gets a great big Yuck from us!

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December 19, 2016 05:11PM

1965 GTO- Viet Nam Fallen Soldier

For many of us who "came of age" during the Viet Nam war era, this is an all too common notice. But, sadly it has probably been repeated numerous times with all the Gulf War conflicts of the past decade-plus.

When young people today complain about how rough they may have it, consider that back in the '60s and '70s us young fellows had no choice (other than stay in school and go later). So many paid the ultimate price, but consider that not that many years before, the Korean War and WWII put the same demands on our youth. Freedom isn't free, and whether you agree politically with a cause or not, there will always be men and women who step up to do what is asked to protect everyone else.

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May 13, 2020 10:28AM

1965 Pontiac Rat Fink

Another product from the furtule (though twisted) mind of the great Ed "Big Daddy" Roth... forever known for "Rat Fink" the monster gear head.

I hadn't seen this '65 Pontiac before, but am glad he chose a full-size Poncho. They seem to get overlooked in the radical department for GTOs and Trans Ams.

We don't know how wealthy the late, great Big Daddy got, but imagine how fabulously wealthy he could have been if he had received $1.00 from each boy who got in trouble at school aping his style with paper and pen when they were supposed to be studying! Long live the Rat Fink!

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December 23, 2016 07:35PM

1965 Pontiac- 10 Millionth Pontiac

Do the math... to reach this number of Pontiacs built in 39 years (minus 4 for the war years), it took (on average) nearly 300,000 cars per year. We know the earlier years didn't make that kind of number, so the later years did even more. Pontiac at one time was certainly a force to contend with. In 1965 Pontiac was absolutely on the top of their game. Here Pete Estes is shown driving this memorable Pontiac off the line. One wonders if it got any further special treatment, or just loaded on the truck with the others. You think VINs ever kept on these milestone cars?

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June 12, 2017 06:06PM

1966 Beaumont Convertible- in the Weeds

From the looks of the building, and the generally unkept area, we have to surmise that this ain't the richest part of town. But obviously the owner of this Canadian Pontiac- the Beaumont- doesn't (or at this stage didn't) know that he had a pretty rare and valuable car. It is most likely one of those sad stories of the dope who won't sell because he is always "going to restore it one day." Well, that "one day" has come and gone. Sadly this rare convertible will probably never see the road again. If you have something that you know darn well you will never get around to... let it go before it becomes like this... PLEEEEZE!

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May 30, 2017 07:14PM

1966 GTO and Patriotic Girl

Don't you just hate it when you're trying to check out the grilles on a GTO to see if it's a '66 or '67 and some barely clothed pretty girl comes along and blocks your view...? No? You don't?

You better say that, or we're gonna have to talk to someone about you.

Well, as luck would have it, this is in fact a nice bright red 1966 GTO. And as luck would have it too, this is a sharp babe all stretched out across it. Guess it's our lucky day! Think she was celebrating the 4th of July in that outfit? Actually, with one of those on your hood, every day could be the 4th of July!

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January 31, 2013 12:32PM

1966 GTO Forever Stamp

When the U.S government (we know the postal service is "technically not government, but just try to separate the two) decides to do something special with commemorative stamps, they seldom do anything that excited the car world, much less the Pontiac part of that world. But they hit a home run with a 1966 GTO on a "Forever" stamp. Nobody can deny the '66 GTO to forever be one of the favorite Pontiacs ever... and "forever."

In the interest of promoting safe driving, it seems strange for all the smoking tires in the back. But then again, it's a GTO, what ya gonna expect?!?

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December 19, 2016 05:38PM

1966 GTO with Tiger Skin

Remember when you couldn't swing a dead cat (pardon the expression) without hitting a tiger of some sort advertising or displaying a GTO? Well, it continues through today as shown here. This bright (very bright!) red '66 GTO is decked out in a great big (though thankfully not real... Go PETA!) tiger hide covering the entire hood. This was shot at the 2019 Milwaukee World of Wheels by Pontiac historian and author John Gunnell. Be sure to check John's many books on Pontiac and other cars. If out of print, do some searching for used ones. They are invaluable in your Pontiac hobby.

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March 07, 2019 08:18AM

1966 GTO- India Beer

Well, this was kind of unexpected. Not a pretty short-skirted girl sitting on a cool '66 GTO's front fender... that happens all the time. But, looking closer and seeing that it is a beer advertisement from India. We aren't quite convinced that GTOs are hot in India, but then again, as their slogan says "The Taste Tells." Hopefully their beer is as good of a taste as their taste in cars.

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June 15, 2020 12:51PM

1966 Lemans- Outdoor Repairs

Haven't we all been there? It is amazing some of the things you can do out of necessity- when you don't have a garage! This is a special shot though, because it is from a 2006 movie called "Offside." You never heard of it? Well, it did have a cool '66 Lemans in it. That is, we assume, if it was actually operational.

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August 20, 2016 07:28PM

1966-67 LeMans- Cool Paint

This is sort of a throwback to the '50s when everything was scalloped. But these aren't the classic scallops. As a matter of fact, they are more of a cross between scallops and water bubbles. But whatever, it looks pretty cool and with a sort of retro '50s look.

The young gal looks more '70s-'80s Goth with the sunken eyes. She also could use a back brace to get her posture better. Maybe it's all that "Big" hair that's weighing down her back.

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October 25, 2017 06:38PM

1967 Bonneville- Moving Day

Back in the '50s and '60s there was no need to have a pickup truck. These big cars had humongous trunks. Certainly this grinning fellow has no fear he will not make it to his new location with this trunk full of his furniture. Though a few more straps wouldn't be the dumbest idea of the day... don't be driving next to him in a turn!

I used to keep two four-foot lengths of 2x4 in the trunk of my '65 Cadillac Coupe de Ville-- just lay them out the back and haul all the 4x8 sheets of plywood or drywall you needed for your next project. "We don't need no stinkin' pickup truck!"

Note the Bonneville emblems are missing on the rear fenders (the holes show on close examination).

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September 08, 2019 01:41PM

1967 GTO Convertible Promotional Shot

Certainly PMD was marketing the GTO to the youth of America, but when is young too young? In the area I grew up in, these weren't the kind of cars high school age girls and boys were driving. Maybe there were richer people treating their kids to these kind of toys, but not around me. This decked out '67 drop top with red lines, Ralley IIs, and likely much more, sure had this young lad whispering into the ear of the supposed young lady owner. Just what in the heck could you possibly promise to get a chance behind the wheel of this ride?

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December 29, 2017 02:49PM

1967 GTO- Cartoon Network

If you spend any time with your grand kids, you'll recognize these guys from the Cartoon Network- "Regular Show." It is an animated television series that revolves around the lives of two friends, a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby- —both employed as groundskeepers at a local park. Their regular attempts to slack off usually lead to surreal, extreme, and often supernatural misadventures. So, with that in mind, you know a hot '67 GTO is going to supply a good deal of adventure... we hope not too much MIS-adventure.

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August 10, 2016 11:14AM

1967 Royal Bobcat GTO His-Her Shifter

So, the little woman won't let you get a 4-speed, huh? Well, there might be a way around that. At least that's what the PMD marketing guys wanted you to think... and spring the extra cash to have. In all actuality though, this was not much more than what we all did with mom and dad's family rigs when we clicked them through the indicators. Maybe a tad bit cooled 'cause the guy next to you at the light didn't know what you were doing (other than being one hell of a fast shifter if it was a manual!). At least back then it was a mechanical hookup. Today it's just all switches. What fun is that. Might as well just let the transmission do the thinking. After all, with all the computer controls today, it knows when to shift a whole lot better than you do.

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December 09, 2017 09:54PM

1968 Firebird and Bikini Girl

Don't you just get tired of all the scantly clad young ladies hanging all over the cars?! Are you NUTZ?!? There is nothing that goes together better than the "art" of a pretty face (or other parts) and a sharp Pontiac.

In this shot one might think that the "artist" photographer was trying to sex up the photo with the foggy edges... not so. We're guessing it was his heavy breathing that fogged up his lens. At least he didn't fog out the best parts!

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March 04, 2014 10:02AM

1968 Firebird in Foreign Country

I don't know where this foreign country is that this '68 Firebird was photographed in, but I think I want to go there. As a matter of fact this "almost" innocent looking young lovely seems to be calling me to come join her... really, I think she is!

There are a number of foreign countries where U.S. cars are not that uncommon of a sight. England and the Netherlander countries are really hot to trot for American iron. And an early Firebird will have no problem negotiating the narrow old world streets. Perhaps gas prices, but not the streets!

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September 24, 2017 02:14PM

1968 Pontiac & Nun at Woodstock

Was going through some video clips of Canned Heat doing "Going Up the Country" as it was used for a video montage of Woodstock 1969. Among all the cool (well wet and muddy) shots were these four Catholic nuns... in with all the hippies! The last one, the cute one (can you call a nun cute?) flashed this Peace Sign with her fingers just as she was walking past a 1968 Pontiac 4-door sedan. Obviously someone's mother's car that she may or may not have known was headed to Woodstock.

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December 21, 2016 05:49PM

1968 Pontiac Superior Hearse

We're not quite positive on the motivation behind this art illustration, but seem to recall it having something to do with an art exhibit somewhere. It certainly was an unusual choice of subject matter, but then again, don't they say art is supposed to get you thinking? Perhaps, but confused?

We're just hoping this dapper looking gentleman wasn't all dressed up getting ready for his "last ride."

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December 14, 2016 05:30PM

1968 Tempest El Camino

This isn't the first nor the last A-body to get converted to a pick-up El Camino. But actually, these aren't usually Pontiac conversions, but rather Chevy conversions. You see, the Chevy El Camino was perfect for sticking a Pontiac front end on. Some went much further though, swapping out all sorts of Pontiac parts inside, trim-wise, engine-wise, etc. Then again, others have actually taken a torch and/or saws-all to an actual Pontiac. This particular car/truck we think is a factory one that we saw for sale at one of the Meccum auctions in Florida not too long ago. It was very well done and looked all Pontiac.

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July 11, 2020 11:44AM

1968 Tempest- 12,000,000th Built

Sadly, we do not find any additional information on this photo. Obviously, it is John Z. DeLorean standing on the driver's side, and we can only assume the other gentleman was perhaps a plant manager where this car was produced. This 12-million is a boatload of Tempests, so can only assume it is ALL Tempests from all the production plants, and probably since 1961. Or... could it be the 12-millionth car produced counting ALL Pontiacs ever built. The old interweb has let us down with more facts, but we'll keep looking. We can't help but wonder when we see numbers like this... are they real? And even if there was a concerted effort to count every Pontiac ever built, how easy it would be to be a couple... a few... a hundred...a thousand... or more off...?!?

Added by: Larry
March 29, 2023 04:46PM

1969 Catalina- Flipped Over

This is perhaps the worst thing any trailer hauler wants to happen, and considering the speeds some of these rigs zip by you on the interstate, it's a wonder it doesn't happen more often. Consider the forces involved here to flip a big '69 Catalina onto its roof, plus the trailer on its side.

But what has me puzzled is the cavalier attitude this couple seems to have about the whole thing. They're posed as if to say "Hey, look what we did." Heck, she's even smiling. Perhaps they're thinking it could have been worse... not for the poor Catalina though.

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February 21, 2016 04:50PM

1969 Grand Prix Race Car

You sure don't see many of these in roundy-round dress. And we're kind of glad too. They are too nice to destroy on a bumper-to-bumper track.

Many GP fans probably know all about this rare racer, and as a matter of fact, we thing we have seen it in person in the woods of Pennsylvania a few years ago. Let's hope someone enjoys it as a piece of Pontiac and racing history. Please... display laps only!

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June 04, 2019 03:45PM

1970 Catalina Convertible

It was the height of the Fitz & Van advertising artistic monarchy they were building in the automotive advertising industry. Nobody came close to what they created, and though they had stints with other manufacturers, Pontiac was the lucky one where they decided to settle for long term.

This sexy big Catalina convertible with the jet-setting, dashing James Bond-like fellow being scooped up by an equally sexy young blond was what they were selling... oh yeah, the car too. But just as much the lifestyle. This brochure shot would make anyone yarn for both.

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March 30, 2021 05:33PM

1970 Firebird- Herb Adams Racing

It seems whenever anyone asks for one person most responsible for the promotion of the Firebird and Trans Am they yell Burt Reynolds. Well, it may be true that he romanticized them on the silver screen, but another man was the real "father" behind them. That was Herb Adams. There is much written of his influence on the F-body cars in the hobby books, but they probably don't come anywhere near the grit that it took to do what he did. As we see here, Adams wasn't just a pencil pushing engineer... he walked the walk too!

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February 18, 2016 02:42PM

1970 Grand Prix- Vandalized or just Waiting

This is so wrong in so many ways. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that the '69-'70 GPs are fact becoming rare to find. And with the unique place they occupy in the design history of this great car, there should never be one allowed to waste away... not one in saveable condition, that is.

This one looks to have already "donated" its disc brakes to (probably) a GTO, and have received a new, better front clip. But then what happened? Was it vandalized, hence the smashed windshield, or did the rust under the glass discourage some restorer? Whatever the case, we hope it is saved from a deteriorating fate like so many fine, restoreable cars over the years.

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April 09, 2017 03:03PM

1970 GTO Judge Movie Car

I have heard that there is a big market for old or special interest cars for movies, advertising photo shoots, etc. But most often you only hear about the hobbyist who loans his or her car for few dollars, and only the excitement.

Here we see, with a nice 1970 GTO Judge, just how much this can really cost. Here are the stats and the price. Guess it's not going to be in any chase scenes any time soon though.

Day rate is: $550.00
Year: 1970
Type: Pontiac GTO Judge
Color: White with black vinyl top and spoiler
Engine: 400 Ram Air III, 365 hp

This Pontiac GTO Judge movie picture car is painted in polar white color with a black spoiler and vinyl top. It has a deluxe black interior, 4-speed transmission and it is in show condition. Available for films and movie sets, backdrops, model shoots, magazines, displays, promotions, shows, and general photography. It is not available for stunts, driving, or situations - scenes that involve unnecessary movement of the vehicle, or anything that Film My Ride Picture Cars may deem as hazardous to the vehicle.

This vehicle participated in scenes from the 2004 filming of USA Networks "The Last Ride" Starring Dennis Hopper, Chris Carmack, Nadine Velazquez, Fred Ward, and Will Patton. Produced by Rob Cohen, Director of the FAST AND THE FURIOUS and XXX and sponsored by Pontiac.

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June 03, 2013 09:13AM

1970 GTO Judge- Pretty Girl in Black

It's easy to understand why this beautiful '70 GTO Judge would put a smile on anyone's face. Perhaps the girls it attracts as well. This young lovely sure seems impressed with the fact that she's up close and personal with an actual Judge as she does a Vana White with her hands.

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October 24, 2016 04:10PM

1970 Pontiac Ambulance

There's three things I don't want to know when an ambulance is called if I'm having "The Big One!"

1) that the ambulance is parked behind what looks like a warehouse,
2) that the hood is sitting a-jar as if the jumper cables were just called for, and
3) that there's tumble weeds stuck underneath it!

Well, the good news is.... at least it's a Pontiac!

Let's hope this isn't some little Utah hilltop community's only ambulance, and rather the next project for some Pontiac professional vehicle hobby buff.

Added by: Larry
January 31, 2013 04:31PM

1971 Pontiac GTO Convertible

This pretty young lady has a lot to smile about. Seriously, that is a heck of a good looking car- with or without her inside. At first it looks like she's playing a "catch me if you can" game here, but obviously she has run out of real estate for that... kerplunk into the water! What we think she's grinning about is that she might have known she had one of only 661 GTO droptops built for 1971 (not counting the 17 Judges). It looks like with less than 11,000 GTOs built in 1971, the era was ending. And sure enough by the next year the GTO was no longer a separate series, but back like '64-'65, just an option.

Added by: Larry
June 14, 2018 08:23AM

1972 Ventura- Miami Dolphins Tribute

We saw this car back in 2016 at the Kissimmee, Florida Mecum Auction. Note that it was not a Miami Dolphin's car, but rather some fanatic fan's tribute to the team. Too bad it wasn't worked into the Ace Ventura movie too; then it might have some star power too. Right now, it only has stand-out-from-the-crowd power. I guess that's not too bad if you're at a tailgate party for a home town game. But beyond that, there are so many transplants down in Miami, the chance of meeting up with a rival team lover is pretty great... be careful!

So besides being a bit on the ugly side, it plays to a pretty small demographic. We don't know if it sold or not.

Added by: Larry
November 15, 2017 11:10AM

1973 Pontiac Catalina 2-Door Hardtop

What better way for the publicity department to show you how this big, new beauty of a Pontiac would look
in YOUR driveway then to photograph it IN a driveway? Let's just hope the house here doesn't make you jealous or afraid you can't afford the car.

We are a bit surprised that these big beautiful (and yes, actually sporty looking) Pontiac aren't showing up in the hobbyplace very well. They are old enough to be very collectable, and since when did the big cars fall out of favor? People sure love the Pontiac boats from the '50s and '60s. Better grab one of these if you find a nice one before people catch on.

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June 01, 2018 12:01PM

1973 Trans Am- in the Drink

Talk about one of life's embarrassing moments! Hopefully this wasn't a result of showing off. We don't know how this all came about, but it could have been a whole lot worse. Obviously a tow truck was going to be needed, as well as a whole lot of cleaning underneath. Fortunately, from the gentle look of the water, this was more of a pond than a lake, and certainly not the ocean... no-no to salt water!

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November 19, 2020 12:30PM

1976 Grand Prix & Sunbird World Travelers

The country was a-flutter with bicentennial fever-- and Pontiac was right in there too.

Here we see the 1976 Grand Prix and Sunbird enroute in what appears to be somewhere in the middle east... no real safe place to be then, as now.

These two mighty Pontiacs performed great, and earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records traveling lots of miles in less than favorable conditions... but, hey, they're Pontiacs!

Read all about this amazing journey in our On-Line Magazine at: Click Here

Added by: Larry
January 31, 2013 04:48PM

1977 Astre Formula Hatchback

If you didn't know this photo was from the Seventies by the cars, you HAD to know by the cloths. The cars weren't quite as bold as they used to be, but the clothing styles sure made up for it. This little Astre was one of Pontiac's offerings to help curb the cost of fuels and to help satisfy the emissions people. Naturally Pontiac wasn't going to not make something available that catered to the performance people even in their small size line- or at least the looks of performance. So, stick some fancy wheels, black vinyl, and the word "FORMULA" across it, and you're all set.

Whie we are not sure where this car show was, the Can Am in the background illustrates another attempt at upping the performance image of Pontiac that was quickly slipping away by this time.

Added by: Larry
September 21, 2022 09:24PM

1977 Trans Am Type-K

Whenever there is a hot seller, there is temptation to see what can be done with it to broaden its appeal. Most recent was the UTE (pickup) that PMD was toying with from the G8. Cool, but too late to happen, and certainly too late to even attempt to save PMD.

But many years earlier an equally goofy idea came about and if not for high production cost estimates, might actually have happened. We see two possible things happening if they had built this T/A K wagon. 1) People flocking to it with a great big "Thank You PMD for thinking about the family who wanted a sports car." Or 2) People flocking AWAY from PMD for ruining the prestige of their only true sports and performance car. Perhaps next would have been wood paneling on the sides!

We have articles about this car in our On-Line Magazine- check them out.

Added by: Larry
June 26, 2017 06:52PM

1977 Trans Am- Flat Bed Truck

It was not unusual in years past to find a rear end damaged car turned into t truck. It wasn't too difficult to do many years ago, and lighter duty trucks weren't too plentiful either. But with the difficulty of a conversion like this on a new vehicle, and with the availability of pickup trucks and such all over the place, we ask, Why? Going to such a big rig as this with a flat bed is even more questionable. Note the shaker hood decal: "TA Tonner."

Well, if someone was looking for something different they sure succeeded. If they salvaged a damaged Trans Am, stuck a ton of work into it, and got a work truck when done, we guess they succeeded there too. But we still don't like the looks of it. Sort of an ignominious end to a once proud bird.

Added by: Larry
April 24, 2020 02:41PM

1977 Universal Pictures Smokey Trans Am

Probably the most famous Pontiac of all times was this Trans Am (and all others in sequels). And the most imitated too, though that isn't too difficult since these in the films were pretty much bone stock. The thing rather obvious here is the age difference between Bert Reynolds ("The Bandit") and his girl, Sally Fields. In this shot of Sally it's a wonder the law wasn't after old Burt for transporting a minor across state lines... boy, does she look young there!

Added by: Larry
August 28, 2017 11:43AM

1978 Pontiacs- Chicago Auto Show

What a wide view of Pontiac's offerings for 1978. But do you notice the same thing here as in showrooms? Yup, stick the sporty, performance model- in this case a Trans Am- right smack dab in the middle of everything. But there was a lot more to like about the Pontiacs there than just the T/A. Certainly the downsized Grand Prix models displayed caused some excitement too. And if you were still longing for yesteryear when Pontiacs were big and luxurious, that was there too. So, even though the high performance era was well in the rear view mirror by 1978, Pontiac still had a lot to offer for everyone.

Added by: Larry
March 06, 2017 10:46AM

1980 Pontiac Grand Camino

For all who wonder if PMD ever gave serious consideration to a Rancho/El Camino style vehicle, check this out. Here we our Pontiac friend, the late John Sawruk PMD engineer and historian, with just such a vehicle. It is an obvious Grand Am front end graft to a Chevrolet El Camino, and definitely cool looking.

But this wasn't Pontiac's first trip to this watering hole as you can see in the following article in our PontiacRegistry.com On-Line Magazine about the 1959 Pontiac "El Catalina" prototype: Click Here

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January 11, 2016 01:37PM

1980s Firebird-Studebaker

Call it a "Fire-Baker" or a "Stude-Bird" but whatever you choose, it is darn cool looking. Here it is strutting its pointed nose at the 12th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

This was no small job blending these two so different cars together. Note that even the rear panels have been Studebakered.

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January 31, 2013 05:00PM

1982 Trans Am with Natalie on the Hood

When Pontiac turned on the sex appeal! What young lad in the early-80s didn't have a crush on Pontiac's own Trans Am Girl Natalie Carroll? You didn't have a pulse if you didn't.

Oddly this pretty young lass was more of "the girl next door" albeit in black leather than a buxom bomb shell. Guess they didn't want to offend the wives and mothers out there.

Whatever the magic, it worked. And in spite of the T/A design that turned off so many of the old school T/A lover, they sold well... thanks Natalie!

Do a search of our site (see home page upper right corner) and you'll find a number of additional photos and articles about our Trans Am Girl.

Added by: Larry
May 22, 2018 02:25PM

1983 Natalie the Firebird Girl

While this newest generation Firebird wasn't warming up the buying public perhaps as much as previous models, Natalie "the Firebird Girl" was sure getting the red-blooded young guys hot and bothered. What a cutie! Certainly PMD chose her wisely with her "girl next door" charm as not to be too sexist (like we would mind, right?!) with some buxom babe hanging all over the car (and perhaps hanging out too).

While we don't know if she upped the Firebird sales much, we bet she sure upped the sale of black leather outfits!

Added by: Larry
June 04, 2017 09:25AM

1990 Firebird- Home Depot Run

Do you think this guy (or gal?) is dopey enough to be seeing all these people staring at their car and thinking "Wow! They sure must like my cool Firebird!" We're guessing "Yes." Because they are stupid enough to load the roof and inside (see hatchback is up) with building supplies. At least everything is secured well-- NOT! Hopefully all the money they save with their own DYI project will be enough to fix the damage done to their car. But it certainly won't be enough for all the lawsuits if they lose this load halfway home and hurt someone.

Added by: Larry
May 19, 2022 03:15PM


What red-blooded American male since WWII hasn't flipped over photos of the Curtis P-40 painted in the Gen. Chennault "Flying Tigers" theme? This Trans Am that was featured in a 2008 High Performance Pontiac article tells of someone taking this theme one step further as a fire breathing machine.

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Interestingly, the HPP author gives a good history lesson of the Flying Tigers and their heroic efforts just before WWII. Read it and then study up on this part of America's history that many don't even know about. It is quite a story.

Added by: Larry
February 01, 2013 09:40PM

3rd Generation Firebird- Shark Bite & Side Pipes

You know, it could be Shark Week, Shark Month, or even Shark Year, and this thing would still just plain suck. What are some people thinking? I can see someone getting drunk and then kicking in their car panels, and spray bombing all over the car, but this sort of thing actually takes planning. Someone actually thought this out... not necessarily through, but out. Now they should throw it out.

Added by: Larry
June 28, 2016 05:37PM

4X4 Trans Am

It's not like we haven't seen a jacked up 4x4 T/A before, so why are we so fascinated when we see another one? I wish we could say in a good way too, but we can't. The only way we can accept this sort of abomination is if it involved two cars (or a truck) that might otherwise have gone to the crusher, had it not been for the combination of the two. They are pretty much the modern day version of the farmer many years ago who cut the back off the retired family car to make a farm truck. We wonder further why this fellow (or gal) stuck a Chebby emblem on the front. But we're kinda glad he isn't advertising that it is (or was) a Pontiac. Looks like it can pull though!

Added by: Larry
May 21, 2017 11:48AM

Aztek with Flames

Perhaps this fellow misunderstood what someone had suggested he do with his Aztek- "Burn It!"- when he added the flaming paint job. But seriously, how badly can you actually screw up an Aztek? Sorry to make fun of something someone else actually likes, but when PMD went the "let's make it so ugly, it's cute" route, they really took a wrong turn.

The VW Thing was a one in a million chance at being liked (though, granted, some didn't understand it), so it left Pontiac 999,999 chances of falling flat on their corporate face- THAT, they succeeded at!

Added by: Larry
June 04, 2019 04:20PM

Baby with Manifolds

As Crosby, Stills, and Nash sang... "Teach the children well." Even if it just means knowing at a young age how to tell the center carburetor from the front and rear on a Pontiac tri-power. Did this little tyke give up on that 4-barrel unit in favor of the triples? Not a bad choice but check the performance stats first. Many doubt the improvement (other than the cool-factor). Be careful with that screwdriver!

Added by: Larry
March 29, 2023 05:09PM

Big Block Pontiac Engines- as Explained by Archie Bunker

Well, this should put the "Big Block" Pontiac engines argument to rest once and for all. But in all fairness to the uneducated (that is all Ford and Chevy people) they aren't really ALL wrong. It is just that in their dismal world, there is such a thing as a small block engine... there's also such things as lawn mower engines too! But that's just being mean, I guess.

So we must cut these poor souls a little slack when they just don't understand that Pontiac never did anything "small!" After all, only a real Meathead would not want a big, bad Pontiac block residing between their fenders.

Added by: Larry
November 09, 2017 08:52PM

Cammer Hot Rod

While most early hot rods chose the venerable small block Chevy engines, this group appears to have chosen a more unique approach, choosing a Pontiac OHC-6 power plant. Surely it has to be post-1967. But probably not by much, judging from the young men's clothing and hair styles. By all signs, it looks like a number of these guys are wearing Boy Scout uniforms. Could this have been a "pack" project? If so, it makes one wish they had stayed in scouting longer. Cooking over a fire, bugs, and tents... can do without. But building a hot rod... count me in!

Added by: Larry
March 30, 2016 12:13PM

Car & Driver- Tribute to the Best of Pontiac

This artwork created for a Car & Driver magazine article is a perfect example of "What the hell were they thinking?" Whoever in the graphic department decided to slice together a stack of Pontiacs-- obviously never visited a scrap yard when they crush and stack the cars for hauling away. That is what this immediately looks like when you see it. Hardly a graphic representation of the best of anything. It should have been the graphic used when everyone was writing about the demise of Pontiac. That would have fit well.

Added by: Larry
August 05, 2018 05:19PM

Firebird- First Generation Front Designs

The Pontiac Firebirds came to be during the reigns of PMD designers Jack Humbert and Bill Porter. Both had their hands in this all new "pony" car. As with all new designs, the Firebird went through numerous iterations before the perfect combination was found. Note that PMD inherited the Camaro designs for 1967 and had the task of taking that nearly finished product and making it ALL PONTIAC in a very short period of time. By the magic that PMD seemed to have, we admit they hit a home run.

Added by: Larry
November 05, 2019 12:08PM

Firehawk Girl- SMOKIN'!

We're hoping this is a "Daisy Duke" sort of fashion statement, because if this poor lass has spent her last dime to own this supercar Firehawk, leaving her only tattered cloths to wear (not that we're complaining), that might be a shame... NOT! Seriously, the license plate says it all... "SMOKIN." And while it is obviously referring to the car, certainly temperatures rise when checking out its lovely companion.

Added by: Larry
April 09, 2017 03:07PM

Pontiac Balloon- Stop or we'll Shoot

How would you like to see this coming up behind your house? Maybe that's why the cops were there. As little of a chance as there will ever be of Pontiac "rising again" we're certain Ford wouldn't be too happy about the competition again. Hopefully the Ford driving officers weren't ordered to shoot on sight. All kidding aside, remember when Pontiac was such a mighty force that they even had their own hot air balloons to entertain at shows and such? Talk about the air being let out...

Added by: Larry
February 18, 2024 06:44PM

Pontiac Utes- Old & New

With Pontiac being big in Australia, it is no surprise that Pontiac would have been made into Utes too. The Ute is pretty much an Australian phenomenon ("Utility" vehicle). They weren't just backyard-built, but actually factory manufactured too. I guess they met the needs of the rugged Outback while also being comfortable for the long distances between civilization.

Here we see a cool looking '41 Pontiac Ute. And, just for grins, how about the shot of the Pontiac that wasn't to be-- the G8 ST ("Sport Truck"). From all indications Holden in Australia is building it even though Pontiac isn't.

Any chance this new Ute was the Pontiac-saver... sure, just like they still make El Caminos and Rancharos! What was Pontiac thinking?!

Added by: Larry
February 01, 2013 09:59AM

Solstice and Porn Star

We don't see much of the little Pontiac Solstice today.. but we sure see a lot of this gal leaning all over it. It appears there is a "porn stars in stockings" web site... why not, it's a free country, right?

My question is where the heck was the fashion air brush guy the day of this shoot. People complain of over air-brushing, but there are places it sure wouldn't hurt. Maybe this is a "side 6-pack." Who knows. I guess it's not just black paint that makes the wrinkles show up!

Added by: Larry
November 13, 2017 07:19PM

Stutz Blackhawk- Can you find the Pontiac?

Whether you want a "Pontiac" that will stand out from the crowd, or just want to drive the judges nutz finding a class for you at your next Pontiac car show, then this 1975 Stutz Blackhawk is for you.

Can you find the Pontiac Grand Prix that this car was built on? Obviously little of the original donor car remains.

The Stutz Blackhawk was the product of a company started in 1968 who then hired automotive designer Virgil Exner, of Chrysler fame, to come up with a design of what the Stutz automobile (from the '20s) would look like if it was still around. Somehow he came up with this.

Many loved it for what it did best... attract attention. It went over big in Hollywierd and among other entertainers. Love it or hate it, there are some neat things going on with it, and certainly no expense was spared making a unique car. It is figured that approximately 600 were built by Ghia in Italy between 1971 and 1987.

I saw one accounting of the car that described it as "a mutant Olds Cutlass customized by Liberace." Obviously he was not a big fan. Occasionally these cars can be scooped up for very low prices, and sometimes in rather well-worn condition. Their lack of "acceptance" helps keep the prices low.

Added by: Larry
February 01, 2013 03:31PM

Trans Am and Fighter Jet Christmas Card

Somebody had a pretty creative way to wish everyone a Trans Am Merry Christmas. But Santa better steer clear of this speedy duo if he wants to reach everyone in one piece. And from the looks of the fighter jet's tail, it had broken the sound barrier. We hope Santa didn't have any breakable items in his sleigh.

Added by: Larry
November 29, 2016 08:52AM

Tri-Power Pontiac Dragster

Here is a fellow who goes a little against the grain back when. Judging from the cars, with a '59 Ford being the newest, this was late-'50s or perhaps early-'60s. There weren't that many people drag racing with Pontiac powerplants yet as they were pretty new to the performance scene at this time. But even on a tight budget (when a can of paint and a brush was probably all that could be afforded), he proudly proclaimed his Pontiac power!

Added by: Larry
December 21, 2017 11:17AM

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