End of the line for Pontiac

(April 15, 2010) It was disappointing when General Motors announced that the storied Pontiac brand would be dropped. It hurt to see Oldsmobile, which dated back to 1897, be discontinued by GM early in this century. But the loss of Pontiac, which came under the GM umbrella in 1926, cuts even deeper. It will be remembered for its performance-oriented cars and its leadership during the muscle-car era in the late '50s and through the '60s. We wish GM had stuck to its original plan to make Pontiac a niche vehicle, to turn the nameplate back into a performance leader.

The first Pontiac, a 1926 model 

1940 Pontiac Torpedo

1959 Pontiac Bonneville convertible      

1967 GTO

       1970 GTO Judge      

1976 Firebird 

       1984 Fiero

2009 Solstice coupe

2009 Pontiac G8  

Photos courtesy of General Motors