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With roots stretching back to the 1800s, Pontiac’s earliest appearance as a business was in 1899 when Harry Hamilton and Albert North incorporated “Pontiac Spring and Wagon Works.” They made trucks for several years, having taken over manufacturing from Rapid Motor Vehicle Co., and it wasn’t until 1907 when they started to look into producing an automobile. The first Pontiac created by the company weighed only 1,000 pounds, which is only about a quarter of what a modern sedan traveling the Las Vegas roadways might weigh today. Just as cars continue to evolve techniques used by the best Las Vegas auto body repair centers must continuously improve as well.
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Eventually, Pontiac Spring & Wagon Works would merge with rival company Oakland Motor Co. after which General Motors would quickly emerge to purchase a controlling stake in the company. General Motors eventually would buy the entire company after the death of Oakland’s founder, Edward Murphy. General Motors set out to create a separate brand out of Pontiac from its parent company, Oakland, but Pontiacs quickly started overshadowing Oakland’s sales and reputation.
Interestingly, it was a Pontiac that was the last vehicle made in the United States before all civilian production on automobiles was halted. When the war ended and production on Pontiacs resumed, the brand would benefit from Oldsmobile’s Hydramatic transmission (Oldsmobile was also a GM brand at the time).
The 1950s would see a substantial amount of change come to the the Las Vegas strip and the body styling of Pontiac vehicles, and GM cultivated the Native American image of the brand (Pontiac was a chief of the Ottawa tribe, and a major player in the 18th century Indian wars). Models during the 1950s were marketed under the “Chieftain” line. (You don’t see many Chieftains on the Las Vegas roadways) A new general manager in the 1950s would lead to big changes, when Semon Knudsen would take over the reins and see to the introduction of the Bonneville in the 1957 model year.
The 1960s would usher in the amazing era of the GTO, which was a V8 version of the Pontiac Tempest. The GTO moniker was based upon an Italian phrase that meant “Grand Touring, Homologated.” The Pontiac brand received high honors in the 1960s, from critics that admired the brand. By the late 1960s, the world would be introduced to landmark cars such as the Pontiac Firebird. Regardless if you have a firebird from the 60’s or more recent versions, our expertly trained staff either of our Las Vegas or Henderson auto body shop locations can repair it to like new condition.
One of the interesting developments during the late 60s was the effort General Motors put into the development of hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles. Although the prototypes built within Pontiac and GM factories never saw production, such research suggests GM had an early eye toward the future as far as rising fuel costs were concerned.
During the 1970s, engines that featured tons of horsepower would be phased out. The brand would be transformed from a large engine performance one to a high fuel economy and safety one. For several decades afterward, Pontiac would attempt to walk the line between performance vehicles and fuel efficient cars as evident by many of the cars driving on the Vegas valley roadways today.
In 2009, the brand would be retired forever by GM, even though there was interest from outside parties in maintaining the name for future manufacturing. Many Pontiacs like Bonnevilles are still on the roads today, and the famous GTOs and Firebirds of the past are car-enthusiast favorites. Although the G8 is no longer in production, this sporty sedan vehicle was received well by the public because of all the features on it and an available V8 engine.
Like other vehicle brands under the GM banner, Pontiac’s vehicles saw some appreciable redesign activity in the last years of its existence with the small SUV Vibe arriving in 2003; the SUV Torrent in 2006; and the sporty Solstice, offering gorgeous turbocharged power. The Pontiac lineup of the last decade included the midsize G6 sedan, the G5 coupe (which was actually a re-banded Chevrolet Cobalt), and the G3 sub-compact, a well-rounded group of vehicles, and many fans of the brand hated to see their favorite imprint see discontinuation.
If you find that your beloved Pontiac is has a few dings or dents and you want to get it back to new condition, consider assistance from New Look Collision centers as our auto body vehicle experts that can help with any automotive collision repair issues impacting your vehicle.
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