Bonneville. Catalina. Chieftain. Firebird. Gran Prix. GTO. LeMans. Safari. Star Chief. Tempest. Trans Am.
All Pontiacs. All gone. G.M. is about to make the Pontiac nameplate go away.
Growing up, my very middle-class neighborhood was full of Chevys and Fords. We were a Chevy Bel Air wagon family. If you had a Pontiac, you were doing well. Buicks were beyond reach. Cadillacs, out of the question.
My dream car was (and is) the 1966 GTO.
With the GTO, the Firebird and the Trans Am, Pontiac became the youth-oriented G.M. division. The Pontiac division sold wide-track excitement!
And then Pontiac (and its parent) lost its way. I could tell you what a ’59 Bonneville or a ’65 Tempest looked like, but what do they offer now? The G3, G4, G5, G6, and G8. What’s the difference? I have not a clue, and I suspect G.M. doesn’t either.
G.M.’s vision of the future apparently doesn’t include Pontiac. Oh well. Maybe it’s time, like Oldsmobile’s time came in 2004. It’s definitely time for G.M. to get its act together. Lest you think I’m a hater, know that I drive one of its vehicles. My last one for a long time.
But I still want that ’66 GTO.