The Pontiac was a venerable American automotive stalwart that started out in 1907. They were originally branded as the Oakland Motor Company, but they changed their name after their first nineteen years operating as Oakland. Pontiac was priced in the mid-range, and they endeavored to make high performance motorcars affordable to the masses.
What do you do when you own a wagon making company right around the time that cars are starting to take their place? If you're smart, you adjust along with the times and divert your efforts into automaking, and that is what the Pontiac company did. They started out in the business by purchasing a truck manufacturer, Rapid Truck, in 1905, and they released their first passenger car one year later. That was indeed the start of something that has since become an unforgettable chapter in the history of the automotive business.
Over the years, Pontiac designed and manufactured many of the most memorable cars of the 20th century, including the Bonneville, the Catalina, the GTO, the Pontiac Firebird, and the stylish LeMans. After a run of over a century, General Motors decided to discontinue the Pontiac brand at the end of 2010. The Pontiac will always be a collectible that is a favorite project car that is a lot of fun to restore.