Posted by: futurevehicles | April 28, 2009

R.I.P Ponti- A true stalwart of the muscle car era.

Despite being speculated upon since February, it’s taken GM until now to announce that they are officially putting a bullet in the Pontiac brand. This is an especially sad day for me because I have always looked to Pontiac as the ‘Black Sheep’ of the American auto industry. Who could forget the mighty Pontiac GTO- one of America’s first true muscle cars. What about the wonderfully retro Trans-Am with it’s garish bodywork and bird motif covering the hood?

Even later models such as the new GTO and the G8 had potential to reinvigorate the ailing American auto market- but it was too much for the fat-cats at GM headquarters, who claimed that the Pontiac brand was a necessary sacrifice in order to ensure the survival of the other GM brands. Pontiac was, in every sense of the word, the sacrificial lamb.

Yet, many argue that while it was necessary for GM to get rid of the baggage that some of it’s brand may have provided- getting rid of Pontiac may not have been the right decision. Ponti had definite potential to fill a market niche in the GM product lineup: the market that wants cars with stiffer suspension, more agressive styling and lower gearing for those interstate motorway cruises.

As a tribute, here a some photos of my favourite Pontiacs, as well as a tribute song written by another devoted Pontiac fan.

pontiac-firebird-1969a

As I sit in this factory
The shift about to end
I pass my time with strangers
But this GTO’s my only friend

Remember when we used to park
On Adams Road out in the dark
Remember when we raced for pinks
And picked up girls at the skating rinks

Remember when we used to talk
About busting out – we’d melt your tires
Together – forever

Never say goodbye, never say goodbye
You and me and my old friends
Hoping it would never end
Never say goodbye, never say goodbye
Holdin’ on – we got to try
Holdin’ on to never say goodbye.

R.I.P

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