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The essential Pontiacs

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What do you see as the essential models over the years?

I'll list some of mine later.

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Is this "For those that aren't REALLY into Pontiacs..." or can anybody play? :neenerneener:

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Traditional Pontiac's (before the lame names)

Grand Am

Grand Prix

Bonneville

Firebird/Trans Am

New Age Pontiac's (with lame names)

G6

G8

Solstice

Vibe

possible small performance car... (G5 maybe) and...

Camaro based Firebird *six cylinder* and Trans Am *eight cylinder*

then call the G6... Grand Prix

G8... Bonneville

G5... Grand Am

Solstice and Vibe stay the same....

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None are really essential as Chevy covers the mainstream cars, Camaro is the niche performance coupe/convertible and Cobalt/Cruze/HHR SS models cover the hot hatch and sport compact niche. A performance sedan at non-luxury prices is the only thing left for Pontiac to do, so the G8 has a place. However, the G8 or similar rear drive sedan could easily become a Chevy. A product like the Sky/Solstice is something GM just can't afford to do anymore, for any brand.

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'74 SD Trans Am.

Make it a '73 FormulaSD and I'm there!

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None are really essential as Chevy covers the mainstream cars, Camaro is the niche performance coupe/convertible and Cobalt/Cruze/HHR SS models cover the hot hatch and sport compact niche. A performance sedan at non-luxury prices is the only thing left for Pontiac to do, so the G8 has a place. However, the G8 or similar rear drive sedan could easily become a Chevy. A product like the Sky/Solstice is something GM just can't afford to do anymore, for any brand.

What do you see as the essential models over the years?

I'll list some of mine later.

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Grand Prix

GTO

Firebird

Fiero

Solstice

G8

I also think that a Pontiac balls-to-the-wall supercar was and is a must for the brand (assuming things turn around).

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Make it a '73 FormulaSD and I'm there!

Fine Camino'.

The jewelry manager at the discount store where I worked in 74- '75 had the car I described.

We'd go out after work to Decatur Road in North Philadelphia and she'd clean-up in the local street racing league. (informal gathering of racers)

Her Dad was a gear-head and she grew up around hot rods.

She was smooth on the stick.

Last time I saw her and the car was in 1980.

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Fine Camino'.

The jewelry manager at the discount store where I worked in 74- '75 had the car I described.

We'd go out after work to Decatur Road in North Philadelphia and she'd clean-up in the local street racing league. (informal gathering of racers)

Her Dad was a gear-head and she grew up around hot rods.

She was smooth on the stick.

Last time I saw her and the car was in 1980.

Sounds like a good woman to know!

That race action moved to Front street a bit later on - my brother's '71 Nova was feared there. :AH-HA_wink:

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Sunfire

Well it's essential for me, it's what get's me around every day.

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I'm unsure if people are naming what they consider the "essential" Pontiacs or their favorite Pontiacs, or both.

If you're speaking models, I suppose the "essential" models are Bonneville, GTO, and Firebird.

When I picture my personal favorites, they include a 1961 Bonneville, a 1963 Grand Prix, a 1966 Bonneville, a 1966 GTO, and the 2009 G8.

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Love it or hate it this car defined Pontiac for me growing up

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The SSEi with all it's fancy gadgetry...

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