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1984 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on March 31, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1984 Pontiac Fiero

1984 Pontiac Fiero

From the “Standard Catalog of Pontiac 1926-1995” by John Gunnell and Ron Kowalke

“Totally new this year was the two-seater plastic-bodied Fiero. Displaying  little trim apart from a tiny shield emblem ahead of the front hood, Fiero was described as a ‘revolutionary two-seat, mid-engine sports car,’ the first such model built in America. The sleek (if somewhat stubby_ wedge shape want compact front area offered a drag coefficient of 0.377. Glass surfaces were nearly flush with the body. Headlamps were hidden. Flush-mounted at the rear were black, full-length, neutral-density reflex taillamps, ‘Enduraflex’ body panel skins were corrosion-resistant. Fiero used a space-frame of high-strength-steel, described as similar to a racing car’s roll cage. Rear-wheel drive, Fiero rode a 93.4 in, wheel-base and carried a 92 hp 151 cid (2.5 liter) four-cylinder engine.”

“Series 2000 got a name change, adding the Sunbird label. In addition, Pontiac offered a turbocharged engine for the 2000 Sunbird, a high-tech 6000 STE, and a high-output carbureted V-8 for the Trans Am.”

After four bad years, Pontiac enjoyed a gigantic surge in production. 1984 production = 827,576

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1983 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on March 30, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1983 Pontiac

1983 Pontiac

From the “Standard Catalog of Pontiac 1926-1995” by John Gunnell and Ron Kowalke

“Firebirds added a five-speed gearbox, and the 2000 series of J-cars got a standard fuel-injected engine and five-speed manual shift. On a minor note, the ‘T’ disappeared from the T1000 and the ‘J’ from the 2000 models. Far more noteworthy was the arrival of a 2000 (Sunbird) convertible, the first ragtop Pontiac since 1975. Returning this year was a full-size sedan and wagon, under the Parisienne name.”

“Production fell for the 4th year in-a-row. Pontiac was trying to boost its performance image at this time, with the debut of a high-output V-8 for the Trans Am as well as the Euro-styled 6000 STE. Over 1/4th of the engines in 1983 were V-8s, as opposed to less than 16 percent year earlier.”

1983 model year production = 462,279

1983 Pontiac Motorsports

1983 Pontiac Motorsports

1982 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on March 29, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1982 Pontiac J2000

1982 Pontiac J2000

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

The new J2000 model hit: ” The production J2000 carries an instantly recognizable twin grille styling treatment. Four models were available: Coupe, Sedan Hatch Back and Wagon. A specially equipped J2000 Coupe was set up to provide an EPA fuel economy rating of 47 highway miles per gallon.”

“On October 28, announcements of six Phoenix and two T1000 models, built to 1982 specifications, were made, The expanded assortment of X-cars was based on the elevation of the Phoenix SJ – formerly an option only – to separate model status, High-output excitement characterized this road-ready street machine, which featured an exclusive 2.8 litre (173 c.i.) H.O. V-6 engine; four-speed manual overdrive transmission; power steering; power brakes; rally gauge cluster with tachometer and bucket seats.”

1982 model year production = 547,271

1982 Pontiac Phoenix

1982 Pontiac Phoenix

1981 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on March 28, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1981 Pontiac Grand Prix

1981 Pontiac Grand Prix

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

“Like other American car makers troubled by falling sales, PMD looked to 1981 as a transitional year. The company’s plan called for meeting the import challenge with a two-stage changeover to smaller and higher-mileage products. Appearing in the fall were 25 familiar models in five lines. They were said to offer ‘More Pontiac Know-How to the Gallon’.  The emphasis was on styling and technical refinements designed to provide better fuel economy without any loss of luxury or sportiness. Scheduled for release later – in mid-season – were all-new T1000 Hatch Backs and a four model J2000 series. These were called GM ‘world-cars’…. products sourced and built at various plants and sold, under different nameplates, around the globe.”

“Pontiac stylists and engineers achieved a nice balance in the new Grand Prix. It was personified by super-clean looks and a low-profile nose with improved aerodynamics.”

Other notes:
The Grand Am nameplate was retired. Total production for 1981 = 600,543

1980 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on March 27, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1980 Pontiac Trans Am

1980 Pontiac Trans Am

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

“Pontiac’s business suffered quite a bit. Sales executives cringed as assemblies of cars built in 1980 plummeted to 770,821 units.”

“Pontiac has a 29-model lineup arranged in six basic series marketed the year before. Changes were generally of the cosmetic type. Firebirds has less “horses”, fewer gearbox options and practically no other variations. There was a turbo option ($530) offered on the 301 c.i. V-8 and required air conditioning and included dual resonators and tailpipes.”

William Hogland became PMD’s general manager.”

(OK) 7/17-18/10: 3rd Annual Tulsa Pontiac Nationals

Posted in Chapter News on March 26, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

3rd Annual Tulsa Pontiac Nationals
Open to all Pontiac, Oakland and GMC vehicles.

Car Show, swap meet and Drag races.

July 17th, Friday night tech session featuring Jim Wangers free food and drinks. Starts at 6:00pm at Host Hotel , Ramada Inn, Special rates of $59

July 18th, Saturday gates open at 7:30am at Tulsa Raceway Park
Special car show parade at 3:00pm
GeeTO Tiger will be making it’s Beat The Tiger Program

For more infomation contact Larry at 918.798.2765 or gtovette@cox.net

1979 Pontiac

Posted in Pontiac History and Ads on March 26, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1979 Pontiac Bonneville

1979 Pontiac Bonneville

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

“The new generation of down-sized, fuel efficient Pontiacs proved capable of bucking the general industry trend (10.66 percent decline from previous year) with an increase of 7,032 units to equal 907,412 total for the year.”

“In terms of general change, the standard and mid-sized Pontiacs reflected minor differences inside and outside. Firebirds received drastic restyling for the soft polyurethane nose panel and had entirely new grilles, taillamps, bumpers and park/signal lamps.”