We Come Not To Praise Pontiac, We Come To Bury It!

Most of us have already read that GM has axed the Pontiac automobile. I just have one question. Why Pontiac? Pontiac has always represented the ‘sport element’ of GM, a distinction that started with the GTO. I remember seeing my first ‘Goat’ as we called them when I was in high school. Damn fine machine with a HO 389 engine, 3 dueces [that is 3, ¬†2 barrel carbs], and a 4 speed. There was even a song about the car from¬†Ronnie and the Daytonas which was their first and only hit record.

But for a generation of boomers, cars were more than just a hunk of metal that transported you somewhere. Cars were an expression of who you were, or more aptly put, who you wanted to be. The GTO belted out 360 horsepower and did 0-60 m.p.h. in about 6 seconds. This was a breed of car that came straight from the factory and was ready for race day right out of the crate.

Safety features? Yeah right! The only safety feature I recall was padded dashboards that replaced the metal ones that would crack your skull open like a grapefruit. Belted ply tires, drum brakes all around and stoping was about the same as a freight train. LOL But they were fast machines meant to be driven in one direction only. Straight. None of the muscle cars were engineered for cornering.

Here is a look at a GTO:

So long GTO, so long Firebird, so long Grand Prix and TransAm. You will be missed.

Comments welcome.

PS The last time I was in the Bay Area I rented a Grand Prix. I’m glad I did. It was a blast to drive.

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  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/theoracle/ the oracle

    These were a bit before my time, but I have seen them restored, complete with ‘Tiger Paws’.

    I’m from the generation that listened to Sammy Hagar praise his red Trans-Am. I still remember those cars with the bulging air shaker that sported simply SD 455.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Thanks Marc.

  • Paul

    I had an 86 Safari station wagon. Lot went wrong with it. Sad to see Pontiac’s demise but not surprised.

  • SS

    Peolpe need to be more understanding. Every car company has built Shi%*y cars .
    Class action law suits against Mercedes again pay attention to reallity not perception..

    My first new car was a toyota second day overheated and blew a head gasket. Now i ask you are all toyotas junk???

    Pontiacs new G8 is the best yet too bad its the end .hopefully it will just be rebadged. Soon.
    Also if you think that Austrailia builds GM cars Think again they assemble them huge difference. Holden is out of business without GM.

    Way huge mistake dropping pontiac. Sold more than Cadillac and Buick Last year and the appointed moron that replaced Wagoner is also a huge mistake .

    Wagoner is responsible for The G8 , CTS, Corvette, Acadia and soo much more…