PONTIAC DEAD at 84
Posted October 31, 2010 - 09:20 PM
When I think back and remember names such as DeSoto, Packard, Hudson, Oldsmobile, Nash, Studebaker etc and the instantly recognizable style of those cars and then look around at the current crop of jelly beans that are almost indistinguishable from one another, it makes me glad that I was born when I was. All that chrome and those outrageous fins that culminated with the release of the 59 Cadillac.
The whole muscle car era with Posi-Trac, Detroit Locker, Tri-Power, Dual Quads, Muncie 4 speed transmissions, Ram Air, Wedge Head, Hemi-Head, 11:00 to 1 compression ratios, Wide Oval tires, Red Lines, fuel injection, Nail Head engines, Torq-Flite, Side Oiler, McCullough Super Chargers, Six Pack, Rat motors and the list goes on and on.
All of this is just a distant memory that is being kept alive by the collector/restorers of this world. It's an era that has come and gone, just like the magnificence of the greatest marques of the twenties and thirties. Pierce, Cord, Stutz, Auburn, Bugatti, Peerless, Duesenberg, Issota, Horch and so on.
It is not my intent to take anything away from the vehicles we drive today because they are better quality than anything that has gone before. However, they are extremely complex, difficult to repair and built with costly parts. Are any of these worth collecting from a styling standpoint, aside from the exotic sports cars? Will anyone save an Escalade or a Chrysler Sebring? I wonder.
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When Olds was canned I figured Pontiac would be next. So we're left now with Chevy, Caddy, GMC and.... Buick? I guess this explains why the local Chevrolet, Buick & Pontiac dealer was getting a new sign today.
Man... now I miss my old Ventura even more! :mecry: