Friday, May 30, 2008


I spotted this Pontiac last Memorial Day while wandering around the VA grounds in Westwood. Thanks to the very old building in the background, I thought the shot looked like it could have easily been taken in the Forties.

I just love this Pontiac Indian hood ornament.

I think the car may be a 1940 Silver Streak, possibly one of the Special Six series, like in this poster seen below.

According to

(c. 1720-1769), Ottawa Indian chief. Pontiac came to symbolize Indian resistance to the spread of white influence and power in the eighteenth century. The subject of Francis Parkman's The Conspiracy of Pontiac (1851), he emerged from its pages as a brilliant and determined "Satan of this forest paradise." From the vantage point of the late twentieth century, however, he appears as one of many Indian leaders who sought desperately but ultimately unsuccessfully to limit European dominance in the 1700s.

The Pontiac brand was introduced by General Motors in 1926 as the 'companion' marque to GM's Oakland Motor Car line. The Pontiac name was first used in 1906 by the Pontiac Spring & Wagon Works and linked to Chief Pontiac who led an unsuccessful uprising against the British shortly after the French and Indian War. The Oakland Motor Company and Pontiac Spring & Wagon Works Company merged in November 1908 under the name of the Oakland Motor Car Company. The operations of both companies were joined together in Pontiac, Michigan (in Oakland County) to build the Cartercar. Oakland was purchased by General Motors in 1909. The first General Motors Pontiac was conceived as an affordable six cylinder that was intended to compete with more inexpensive four cylinder models. Within months of its introduction, Pontiac outsold Oakland. As Pontiac's sales rose and Oakland's sales began to decline, Pontiac became the only 'companion' marque to survive its 'parent', in 1932.

All Pontiac photos taken by Lydia Marcus on May 26, 2008 at the VA in Westwood, CA.

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