3 MEMORABLE PONTIAC CARS
Pontiac was founded in 1926 in Michigan and specialized in production of expensive automobiles. The company became a subsidiary of the General Motors in the 1960s and was known for performance vehicle production. In 2010, Pontiac was declared defunct following financial problems. These are some of the memorable Pontiac cars that were ever produced.
The Pontiac Catalina was produced between 1950 to 1981 and was a full-sized line of cars with hardtop body styles. The first Pontiac Catalina was the 1950 Chieftain Eight and the Deluxe Eight Lines. The Catalinas were regarded as sportier and more airy and were powered by the flathead straight eight engine. The 1958 Bonneville is the only Pontiac Catalina that came in convertible form.
The Pontiac Firebird was first launched in 1967 as the GM’s pony car that would compete with Ford Mustang. Designed from the same platform as the Camaro, the Pontiac Firebird was powered by a 3.8L in-line six engine that delivered 165 hp. The fourth generation of the Firebird was produced between 1997 and 2002 and it featured major improvements including the four-wheel anti-lock brakes, standard dual airbags and short/long arm suspension amongst other things. It also came in different trim levels including the V6 powered Firebird and V8 powered Formula as well as the Trans AM. The Pontiac Firebird was discontinued in 2002.
The Pontiac GTO was a muscle car that was produced by both Pontiac and Holden between 1964 and 2006. It is regarded as a trendsetter amongst the muscle cars and even won the Motor Trend Cat of the Year award in 1968. The GTO succeeded the Tempest and was powered by a powerful 6.4L V8 engine. Later versions of the Pontiac GTO were manufactured in Holden with a left hand coupe version called the Holden Commodore. The Pontiac GTO was succeeded by the Pontiac G8.