• 1926 was the first year of production for Pontiac.
  • The radiator cap features Chief Pontiac and the car was advertised as the “Chief of the Sixes” (six cylinders).
  • Pontiac was produced by Oakland, a division of GM.
  • The Oakland name was dropped in 1932 when Pontiac became a division of GM.



The Oakland, predecessor car to the Pontiac, was first produced in 1908 by the Oakland Motor Company, a division of General Motors.  The Oakland began as a 2-cylinder car, and then 4-, 6-, and 8-cylinder engines were offered.

In 1926, Oakland’s Pontiac Six was introduced, intended as a lower-priced model selling for $825.  The Pontiac was offered in two body types, a five passenger coach and a two passenger coupe.  The radiator cap represented Chief Pontiac and sales literature and advertising proclaimed Pontiac as “Chief of the Sixes.”  The model enjoyed immediate success as more than 140,000 cars were sold by 1927 and more than 200,000 in 1928.

In 1932, the name Oakland was dropped in favor of Pontiac, at which time Pontiac became a division of General Motors.



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