The Pontiac division of General Motors had long served a function similar to Ford's Mercury or sister division Oldsmobile: take consumers ready for a move upmarket (from, in this instance, Chevrolet) and keep them within the GM fold. And for 90+ years the Pontiac division did just that. Although some decades could be described as forgettable, once Pontiac discovered the 'Wide Track' in the late '50s it was Katy-bar-the-door. The GTO became both a motoring and marketing icon, while the Firebird Trans-Am co-starred with actor Burt Reynolds in a smokin' hot film series. There were, of course, more recent successes, but not enough to keep GM from closing the doors as part of their 2009 restructuring.
The older Pontiacs, if not absolute classics, certainly qualify for special interest, while newer coupes and sedans (notably the GTO revival and Australian-built G5) are enjoying a revival of interest, dampened only by the few sold as new cars. The good news continues with the availability of service; despite Pontiac's orphaned status, continued service - along with the necessary parts - are readily available.
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