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1953 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on February 28, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1953 Pontiac

1953 Pontiac

From John Gunnell’s book “75 Years of Pontiac Oakland“:

“In 1953, PMD designer Raoul Pepin had rendered in steel one of the best looking products to wear a Pontiac badge. New “Dual-Streak” styling was characterized by enlarged bodies, on a two inch longer wheelbase, with modernized features throughout. Appearance improvements included one-piece wraparound windshields; wraparound back lights; recessed headlamps; smoothly stepped-up fender fins; a high contour deckline; dual, divided body moldings, and a completely revised grille.”

1953 Pontiac production total = 418,619

1952 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on February 27, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1952 Pontiac

1952 Pontiac

From John Gunnell’s book “75 Years of Pontiac Oakland”:

“For 1952, stylewise, there was little external change over 1951. Redesigned spear moldings, modifications to radiator grilles and a revised truck handle were the chief appearance refinements. According to Ward’s Automotive Yearbook, 1952 was the year of DeLuxe automobiles and over 80 percent of all U.S. sales went to models with richer appointments.”

“In a Motor Trend test drive the magazine’s research staff drove a high-powered Pontiac equipped with Hydra-Matic and covered the quarter-mile in just over 21 seconds. The recorded a top speed of 95.24 miles per hour and an average traffic fuel consumption rate of 16.4 miles per gallon. The testers found that all data varied greatly with the way the dual-range gear-shifting was accomplished and they liked the fact that the Pontiac gearbox offered drivers a choice of economy and performance.

“Total production for 1952, all models: Six-cylinder 19,809; Eight-cylinder 251,564”

Grand Prix Chapter

Posted in Chapter News on February 26, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

Celebrating 25 years!

CLICK HERE for information on POCI’s specialty chapter for Grand PrixsAll years – stock, modified, daily driver…

you name it, all are welcome!

1951 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on February 26, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1951 Pontiac

1951 Pontiac Silver Anniversary

From John Gunnell’s book “75 Years of Pontiac Oakland“:

“The medallion seen in ads and literature depicted the Pontiac brave’s head with the simple inscription “1926-1951″ and a Silver Anniversary message was crystal clear. For its 25th year celebration PMD announced new models with 27 styling changes and 16 mechanical improvements. Some changes were the result of deepening U.S. military activity in Korea. In June, thinner chrome plating protected by lacquer was adopted.”

“Model year production began on November 27, 1950 and the cars hit the showrooms around December 11. Sales got off to a flying start with a special Silver Anniversary promotion moving 18,400 units in just 10 days – an all time record. 1951 was Pontiac’s second best year ever, with the company remaining America’s number 5 maker and building its 4,000,000 car – a Catalina on August 11.  Total production 370,159 for all models.”

“On April 30 Pontiac broke ground on a new Pontiac, Michigan plant for production of “Otter” amphibious cargo carriers for the U.S. Army.”

1951 Pontiac

1951 Pontiac & AC Spark Plugs

We see some “co-branding” advertising in this Pontiac and AC Spark Plug ad.

1950 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on February 25, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1950 Pontiac

1950 Pontiac Station Wagon

From John Gunnell’s book “75 Years of Pontiac Oakland“:

“The 1950 Pontiac utilized the popular 1949 body with revisions to trim and appointments. The biggest news of the year was the introduction of the Catalina hardtop as a production model. The wood-bodied Station Wagon was gone this season and the Sedan Delivery received Deluxe trimmings. The wagon accommodated eight people on three seats, with both rear seats being removable.”

“The new Catalina Coupe was one step closer to the youth market than most other Pontiacs, except the convertible. Many accessories were standard on this model and exclusive interior appointments were also part of the list price. Color combinations were limited to a pair of solid colors or two-tone combination of the same shades.”

“A total of 446,429 cars were built, all models, for 1950.”

New Pontiac Bldg

New PMD Engineering Building

1950 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

1950 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe Catalina Coupe

1951 Pontiac Sedan Delivery (OH)

Posted in Classifieds on February 25, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

1951 Pontiac SD

1951 Pontiac Sedan Delivery-Ohio

1951 Pontiac Sedan Delivery 350/350, paint 3 years old, Malibu Ivory with White Pearl and Sapphire Blue. Spare parts go with car. 2 front ends, original straight 8 engine, $21,500 OBO. Charlie Rucker (419) 447-2626 (OH)

1950 Pontiac 4-door (LA)

Posted in Classifieds on February 24, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

Former POCI member-needs to sell 1950 Pontiac deluxe 4-dr

Frame-off restoration begun. Chassis and some front-end parts finished. Straight 8 engine, automatic transmission, sun visor, and all other parts. Must sell as is because of illness, PRICE REDUCED TO $1000 Buyer must provide own trailer transportation.  Philip Capritto email:  504-737-8006 (LA)

1949 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on February 24, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1949 Pontiac

1949 Pontiac

From John Gunnell’s book “75 Years of Pontiac Oakland

“Styling changes were the big news from Pontiac for 1949. The all-new cars had lower, sleeker envelope bodies with sweeping rooflines and front fenders flush with the doors. (1949 saw) the introduction of the first domestic Pontiac truck since the 1920’s. It was a Station Wagon-based Sedan Delivery, available only with standard trim. This relatively low-slung commercial vehicle was listed as a Streamliner (Style Number 2571) and 2,488 were made. All 1949 Pontiacs were built on a 120-inch wheelbase.”

“Pontiac sold 21.2 percent of all cars in its price range this year.”

POCI has a specialty chapter devoted to sedan deliveries, hearses, ambulances. Visit the PCPV Chapter web site.

1949 Pontiac

1949 Pontiac Convertible

Little Rhody Chapter 9/19/10 Car Show

Posted in Chapter News on February 24, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

9/19/10: 2nd Annual Classic Cars for Breast Cancer Awareness

Sunday, September 19th, 2010 9 am to 3 pm
Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI
Rain date is 9/26/10

All net proceeds go the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation

Dash plaques for the first 250 cars
Open to all years, makes and models with a special area /trophies for Pontiacs, sponsors include the Little Rhody Pontiac Chapter of POCI

For more information contact Paul Monteiro at 401-480-3870
or email


“Goodbye to a Brand: Ten Memorable Pontiacs”

Posted in What's new on the Pontiac scene on February 24, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

Consumer Guide article