The Pontiac and Oakland
1910 to 1949



 

 

 
A number of years ago I saw a one page calendar that showed all the Ford 
pickup trucks from the first one to the present day. I thought , what a nice idea.
I thought that I might try something similar with some of the car pictures I have collected.
I have been collecting pictures of Studebakers, Packards Nash, Hudson
and Jeeps and many more for some time now and I first wrote a web page on the Studebaker.
Then one on Jeeps  and Packard followed.
Since then I have many page on old cars and pickup trucks.
These pictures came for a number of sources including web pages of the manufacture, news groups and my own.
Since most of these pictures came from news groups there may be a chance that your car is shown here.

I would like to invite any one that has a favorite 
picture or a Web Page that they would like added to this page to E mail me a copy.

John MacDonald 


 
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1928 Pontiac Indian Head Mascot from The Concous Show
This is owned by Frank Stirling from Langley, British Columbia Canada

A Brief History of
the Pontiac

The first Pontiac car made it's debut in 1926, but the Pontiac division's history actually dates back to 1893, when Edward M. Murphy established the Pontiac Buggy Company in Pontiac, Michigan. This company produced horse drawn carriages. It wasn't long before it became clear that motorcar sales were going to out distance the carriages. In 1907 Murphy started the Oakland Motor Car Company as an offshoot of the buggy company.

In 1909 General Motors acquired half of Oakland Motor Car Company. GM's founder William Durant, a friend of Murphy's, was actually more interested in his talent and expertise than his Oakland cars. But before Durant could use these talents, Murphy died. Shortly after this GM purchased full control of Oakland. The Oakland was very successful car through 1920. Then, a minor economic depression combined with inefficient production weakened Oakland and GM.

General Motors was in disarray by 1920 and Durant who had founded the company 12 years earlier lost control of it again after loosing and regaining control several times before. The problem was that all the company's seven divisions were fighting for the same customers, and none were trying to gain the Model T Fords customers, which had the largest market share.
GM's prices ranged from $795 for the lowest end Chevrolet, to $5,690 for the highest priced Cadillac. Since GM wasn't in the position to go after the Model T, a committee of company executives led by the new GM President Alfred Sloan, decided to create a car to fill a long-standing price gap between Chevrolet and Oldsmobile. Besides being a gap filler this new car would serve as a platform to share vehicle components. This would improve volume efficiency. 
The Pontiac was created in 1926 as a replacement to the Oakland.
The Pontiac had the distinction of being the first General Motors car to be designed to fit in a specific market slot.
The first Pontiac was the Series 6-27, debuted at the 1926 New York Auto Show. It was built on a 110 inch wheelbase and it featured a Fisher designed body and a six cylinder Lead engine.

Demand soon outpaced capacity and by mid 1926, the division began plans to build a $15 million assembly plant in Pontiac, Michigan.

In 1927 Harley Earl created an Art & Color studio, which was an industry's first. Earl first designed the highly successful LaSalle, and he later became head of GM Design. Art & Color and designed all GM models, including Pontiac. 
Harley Earl was with GM for many years and was responsible for such cars as the Corvette.
He stayed with General Motors until his retirement in 1959.
For a more detailed history of the Pontiac please visit


http://www.welovepontiacs.com/history.html


 
 
I wonder how many people remember these totem poles.
One of my visitors submitted and was trying to get more information on it. It is thought that they were used for an advertisement icon for the 49 Pontiac Chieftian. Possibly for dealers below the Mason Dixon line. Most were destroyed by the weather, they stood 9'4" tall with a 6' wingspan and were made of some type of plaster of paris.
If anyone can add to this we would like to hear from you.
We found another totem Pole.
This one was submitted by John Reid. he said that this totem pole was in his family’s dealership for as long as he could remember. This totem is about 12 feet tall.
The dealership was recently shut down and he was fortunate enough to end up with it.
His Great Uncle started this dealership in 1942 and the  dealership sold Pontiac, GMC and Cadillac.

 
This picture was submitted by Tom Cannon and was used with permission from Tim Dye, Director, Pontiac-Oakland Museum, Pontiac, Illinois

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1910 Oakland Model 24 Runabout
 
These pictures were submitted by Paul Black, Tampa, FL
They were taken at a car show in Lakeland, FL back on Oct. 18th.
 
1910 Oakland Model 24 Runabout
 1910 Oakland Model 24 Runabout
1910 Oakland Model 24 Runabout
1910 Oakland Model 24 Runabout
1910 Oakland with Owners in period dress
1910 Oakland Model 24 Runabout
For the complete story on the Oakland click here
 
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1911 Oakland
1911 Oakland
These pictures were submitted by Ron Shelby, 
Salt Lake City, Utah
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1926 Oakland 2 Door Sport Roadster
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 1926 Pontiac 2 Door Sedan
 1926 Pontiac 2 Door Sedan
These pictures were submitted by Nanci Dunham
They were taken in 1928 taken in Boonville, NY and show her grandfather, Arthur C. Meurer standing by the car he just bought. It still has the dealer plates on it.
 
1926 Pontiac Coupe
1927 Pontiac 4 Door Sedan
1927 Pontiac Roadster
1928 Pontiac Model 370 4 Door Sedan
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 1928 Pontiac Landau Sport Sedan as it arrives from the USA
This car is owned by Frank Stirling
from Langley, British Columbia Canada
 1928 Pontiac Landau Sport Sedan as it arrives from the USA
This car is owned by Frank Stirling
from Langley, British Columbia Canada
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 1928 Pontiac Landau Sport Sedan
 1928 Pontiac Landau Sport Sedan
This car is owned by Mark Stroop, The Netherlands Mark is looking for some rear end parts for this car. If you can help please email me: 
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1928 Pontiac Landau Sport Sedan at the Steamworks show
This car is owned by Frank Stirling
from Langley, British Columbia Canada
Frank did the restoration work on this car.
1928 Pontiac Landau Sport Sedan 
at Concours D Elegance Show 08/03
This car is owned by Frank Stirling 
from Langley, British Columbia Canada
1928 Pontiac Coach
1929 Pontiac Series 6 29 Big Six
 1929 Pontiac Roadster
 1929 Pontiac Roadster
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 1929 Pontiac 4 Door Sedan
 1929 Pontiac 4 Door Sedan
These pictures were submitted by Eddie Anderson.
That is Eddie at 2 years old in front of the car. 
This picture shows Eddie and his grandfather.
1930 Pontiac 4 Door Sedan
1931 Pontiac 5 Window Rumble Seat Coupe
This car is owned by James A. Dixon, of Dixon Auto Sales
The car has a factory heater and is a great driving car.
 1932 Pontiac 2 Door Sedan
1932 Pontiac 2 Door Sedan
 1932 Pontiac Convertible Coupe
 1933 Pontiac 8 Brochure
 1933 Pontiac 8 Brochure
 1933 Pontiac 8 Brochure
 1933 Pontiac Roadster
 1933 Pontiac Convertible
1933 Pontiac Coupe
 1933 Pontiac Coupe
1933 Pontiac Coupe
1933 Pontiac Coupe
1933 Pontiac Coupe
1934 Pontiac Eight 4 Door Sedan
1934 Pontiac Model 34-603 Touring 2 Door Sedan
1934 Pontiac 3 Window Rumble Seat Coupe
This car is owned by Michael Turner.
He tell me that it is the that BONNIE AND CLYDE drove before stealing the 1934 Ford they were later killed in. It was  in the automobile history  museum in Syracuse New York from  1968-thru-2005.
1934 Pontiac Deluxe Eight 4 Door Sedan
1934 Pontiac Deluxe Eight 4 Door Sedan
 1934 Pontiac 8 Touring 4 Door Sedan
 1934 Pontiac Deluxe Eight 4 Door Sedan
 This picture was submitted by Carlos Molina of Buenos Aires,  Republic Argentina. The car was owned by his parents
Roy from Massachusetts submitted these pictures
of his 1934 Pontiac Five Window coupe 
He had the following to say about his car.
" IT SEEMS TO BE AN "EXTREMLY RARE" COUPE...
IT IS ALL ORIGINAL STEEL, NO RUST EVER...
IT LOOKS LIKE YOU MAY LIKE THE STOCK MODELS, THIS ONE IS 99% STOCK ON THE OUTSIDE, BUT ITS GOTTAH VORTEC CORVETTE DRIVE TRAIN, POWER WINDOWS 700R4 TRANY, A/C, TILT ,COLUMN, RACK AND PINION. IT CRUSES    DOWN THE HIGHWAY
LIKE A RRROLLS  RRROYCE !!! 
 
 
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe 
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
 Roy submitted these out door pictures of his car on a
beautiful New England fall day
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
 
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
 1934 Pontiac Five Window Coupe
The car shown below is owned by Michael Turner.
He bought it is gavverston TX and towed it home to 
Chattanooga TN. 
These pictures show the loading and arriving home
 
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 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
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 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
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 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
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 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
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 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
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 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
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 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 This next series of pictures show the car after it was restored and ready for the road.  
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603 in  Gatlinburg Tn.
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 
 1934 Pontiac 2-Dr Sedan, Model 34-603
 
1935 Pontiac Improved 8 Touring Sedan
This picture was submitted by John Wallace
1935 Pontiac Improved 8 Cabriolet
This picture was submitted by John Wallace
The following series of pictures of a 1935 Pontiac Convertible were submitted by Eric Gordon who has his 1954 Kaiser Manhattan Rebuild, his 1954 Kaiser Convertible conversation and his 1951 Kaiser shown on these pages.
This 1935 Pontiac was owned by his parents when they first married. 
1935 Pontiac Convertible
 
1935 Pontiac Convertible
1935 Pontiac Convertible
1935 Pontiac Convertible
1935 Pontiac Convertible
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1935 Pontiac Convertible
 1935 Pontiac Convertible
This picture was submitted by R.Philbert. 
The picture shows Sudan's general governor Abdel Latif Pasha grandson in Cairo Egypt at age 15 in his 35 Pontiac
The picture was taken in 1937
1936 Pontiac Master Deluxe 6cyl
1937 Pontiac 224 Sedan
1937 Pontiac Deluxe Eight Convertible Sedan
1937 Pontiac Silver Streak 4 Door 6 Cylinder
 1938 Pontiac Woody Station Wagon Advertisement
 1938 Pontiac Convertible
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 1938 Pontiac DeLuxe 2 Door Sedan
  1938 Pontiac DeLuxe 2 Door Sedan Street Rod
This car as shown was owned by Jim Bohn, Roseville MN but 
has since been streetrodded as shown on the right.
 
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 1938 Pontiac DeLuxe 2 Door Sedan Street Rod Interior
 1938 Pontiac DeLuxe 2 Door Sedan Street Rod
1939 Pontiac DeLuxe 8 Convertible
1939 Pontiac DeLuxe Six 4 Door Sedan
1939 Pontiac Deluxe 2 Door Coach
1940 Pontiac 2 Door Sedan
1940 Pontiac DeLuxe Eight 4 Door Sedan
1940 Pontiac 2 Door Sedan
1940 Pontiac Silver Streak Convertible
1940 Pontiac Transparent Car
 
 1941 Pontiac Deluxe Streamliner 4 Door Sedan
 
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1946 Pontiac Torpedo Streamliner
1946 Pontiac Torpedo Streamliner
This car is owned by Lynn and Doug MacDonald, Burnaby, BC. Canada This car is owned by Lynn and Doug MacDonald, Burnaby, BC. Canada
 1947 Pontiac Torpedo Back
 1947 Pontiac Streamliner Woody Wagon
   
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 1947 Pontiac 
 1947 Pontiac 
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 1947 Pontiac
 1947 Pontiac 
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 1947 Pontiac
 1947 Pontiac 
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 1947 Pontiac
1948 Pontiac Deluxe Torpedo Eight Convertible
 1948 Pontiac Deluxe Torpedo Streamliner Sedan
1948 Pontiac Deluxe Torpedo Streamliner Sedan
 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak 4 Door Sedan
1948 Pontiac Silver Streak
1948 Pontiac Silver Streak
This car is owned by Ernie Dau Sr. of Surrey, B.C. Canada
1948 Pontiac Silver Streak
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1948 Pontiac Streamliner
This car is owned by Bob Crocker of Ontario, Canada
1948 Pontiac Streamliner
This car is owned by Bob Crocker of Ontario, Canada
1948 Pontiac Silver Streak
1948 Pontiac Silver Streak
These pictures were submitted by Don Pate, Arkansas City, Kansas
1948 Pontiac Silver Streak
1948 Pontiac Silver Streak
1948 Pontiac Silver Streak
1948 Pontiac Silver Streak
 
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1948 Pontiac Torpedo Silverstreak 2 Door Sedan 6 cylinder
1948 Pontiac Torpedo Silverstreak 2 Door Sedan 6 cylinder
This car is owned by Justina Garcia This car is owned by Justina Garcia
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1948 Pontiac Silver Streak 4 Door Sedan
1949 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Sedan
This picture was submitted by Tim Collins. The car was owned
by his father and was taken in  Bay City, MI  around 1949
1949 Pontiac Streamliner De Luxe Sedan Coupe
1949 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Woody Station Wagon
1949 Pontiac Streamliner De Luxe Sedan Coupe
 1949 Pontiac Streamliner De Luxe 4 Door Sedan


 
 
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