Archive for the What's new on the Oakland Scene Category


Posted in What's new on the GMC Scene, What's new on the Oakland Scene, What's new on the Pontiac scene on November 30, 2011 by pontiacoaklandclub

The 12/11 SMOKE SIGNALS is now ready for members to view from our web site ( features this month include: 1910 Oakland (Keith Bailey); 1963 SD Catalina clone (Tom Schlauch); 2011 GP Chapter Show; 1936 Pontiac (John Gunnell); DIY Tech: Another Look at Brakes; A Piece of Drag Race History Preserved (PJ Heck)

Tim Dye & the Pontiac Oakland Museum (Pontiac, IL)

Posted in What's new on the Oakland Scene, What's new on the Pontiac scene on March 31, 2011 by pontiacoaklandclub

Plan to attend the grand opening this July – read more

Wanted for 1918 Oakland (CA)

Posted in Classifieds, What's new on the Oakland Scene on January 11, 2011 by pontiacoaklandclub

1918 OaklandWanted for 1918 Oakland Model 34B: headlight, (2) 60-spoke 24″ Budd wire wheels,(2) rear Budd drive hubs, (2) Budd 24″ snap rings, firewall flange-mount Klaxon horn. Bill Harris (209) 533-0433 (CA)

1910 Oakland-Best of Show 2010 POCI Convention

Posted in What's new on the Oakland Scene on September 14, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

1910 Oakland Runabout

Posted in What's new on the Oakland Scene on July 23, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

1910 Oakland Runabout

Best of Show

2010 POCI Convention in Charleston, WV

(owned by Ronald and Leann Laird)

June Smoke Signals

Posted in What's new on the GMC Scene, What's new on the Oakland Scene, What's new on the Pontiac scene on May 26, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

The June issue of Smoke Signals is in the mail!

June 2010 Smoke Signals

June 2010 Smoke Signals

Find out about club membership at

Visit us on Facebook:   Pontiac Oakland Club

POCI Members: the magazine has been uploaded to the POCI web site.


Posted in What's new on the Oakland Scene on May 22, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
Oakland-Pontiac connection

Oakland-Pontiac connection

Street sign in Minnetonka, MN hints of an Oakland-Pontiac connection!

The History of the Oakland Automobile

Posted in What's new on the Oakland Scene on May 21, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub
1911 Oakland

1911 Oakland

The Oakland was a brand of automobile manufactured between 1907–1909 by the Oakland Motor Car Company of Pontiac, Michigan and between 1909 and 1931 by the Oakland Motors Division of General Motors Corporation. Oakland’s principal founder was Edward P. Murphy, who sold half the company to GM in January 1909; when Murphy died in the summer of 1909, GM acquired the remaining rights to Oakland.

Early History

As originally conceived and introduced, the first Oakland used a vertical two-cylinder engine that rotated counterclockwise. This design by Alanson Brush (inventor of the Brush Runabout) lasted one year and was replaced by a more standard 4-cylinder engine and sales increased to approximately 5,000 automobiles per year.

Within General Motors, Oakland was slotted above price leader Chevrolet and below the more premium Oldsmobile and Buick brand cars. In 1916, the company introduced a V8 engine,[1] and Oakland initially flourished. By early 1920, however, production and quality control problems began to plague the division. In 1921, under new General Manager Fred Hannum, a consistent production schedule was underway and the quality of the cars improved. One marketing tactic was the employment of a quick-drying bright blue automotive lacquer by Duco (a DuPont brand product), leading to the slogan “True Blue Oakland”.

General Motors
“Companion Make” Program

General Motors pioneered the idea that consumers would aspire to buy up an automotive product ladder if a company met certain price points. As General Motors entered the 1920s, the product ladder started with the price-leading Chevrolet marquee, and then progressed upward in price, power and appointments to Oakland, Oldsmobile, Buick and ultimately to the luxury Cadillac marquee.

However by the mid 1920s, a sizable price gap had existed between Chevrolet and Oakland, while the difference between an Oldsmobile and a Buick was even wider. There was also a product gap between Buick and Cadillac. To solve this, General Motors authorized the introduction of four companion marquees priced and designed to fill the gaps. Cadillac would introduce the LaSalle to fill the gap between Cadillac and Buick. Buick would introduce the Marquette to handle the upper end of the gap between Buick and Oldsmobile. Oldsmobile would introduce the Viking, which took care of the lower end of the same gap. This is often referred to as General Motors Companion Make Program.

Oakland’s part in this plan was the 1926 Pontiac, a shorter wheelbase “light six” priced to sell at a 4 cylinder car’s price point, but still above Chevrolet. Pontiac was the first of the companion marques introduced, and in its first year outsold the larger, heavier Oakland. By 1929, GM sold 163,000+ more Pontiacs than Oaklands. The discontinuation of Oakland was announced in 1931 and the Pontiac would be the only one of General Motors’ companion makes to survive beyond 1940, or to survive its “parent” make.

References: Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.166. Kimes, Beverly R., Editor.; Clark, Henry A. (1996) [1985]. The Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1945. Iola, Wisconsin: Kraus Publications. ISBN 0873414284. OCLC 34905743


New Pontiac-Oakland Memorabilia Book-by Tim Dye

Posted in What's new on the Oakland Scene, What's new on the Pontiac scene on April 28, 2010 by pontiacoaklandclub

The Extreme Collector Pontiac-Oakland Memorabilia

The Extreme Collector Pontiac-Oakland Memorabilia by Tim Dye

Great new book by POCI member Tim Dye, 130 pages, full color.
Order from Tim’s web site.

1911 Oakland

Posted in What's new on the Oakland Scene on December 4, 2009 by pontiacoaklandclub

The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum in Fairbanks, Alaska has a 1911 Oakland Model 24 Roadster.

Check out their web site for more information.