Oct 3, 2017

PONTIAC / USA

PONTIAC was a car brand that was made and sold by General Motors since 1926. The PONTIAC SIX was intended as a lower priced car. It had a conventional straight six engine.  The brand was named after the famous Indian leader Pontiac, born in 1720 and assassinated in 1769. It is said that he was the chief of six indian tribes. Therefore " Chief of the Sixes " has a double meaning.


Dimensions
 8.0 cm x 5.9 cm
Year
1926 - 1930
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there was a small and a large version

two original emblems: one  with makers mark ( GUSTAVE FOX COMPANY ) one without


In 1931 finally a new enameled emblem in the form of a shield:



Dimensions
 4.6 cm x 3.8 cm
Year
1931
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two original emblems: one flat and one embossed: both with makers mark (FOX COMPANY)






In 1933 the shield became longer:
The six-cylinder engine car  was always a best seller

Dimensions
 3.9 cm x  12.2 cm

Year
1932
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PONTIAC sold only few eight-cylinder cars in 1932 so this emblem is a hard to find item:


Dimensions3.9 x  12.2 cm
Year1932
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no makers mark


In 1933  PONTIAC converted their assembly line to all straight eight engines:

What a wonderful emblem

Dimensions15.5 x  4.8 cm
Year1933
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no reproduction known;  but look at the makers mark: GRAMMES ALLENTOWN
For more information about car emblem makers please go to my post: manufacturers of enamel emblems


1935 side of hood emblem

Dimensions  7.0 x 5.5 cm
Year1935
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In 1937 you saw three different PONTIAC car emblems:

1937 Six cylinder emblem

Dimensions5.0 x  7.1 cm
Year1937
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Second Pontiac car emblem in 1937:





Last no least there was a Canadian PONTIAC car emblem:

The Canadian PONTIAC had a smaller 224 cubic Chevrolet engine



The 1940 PONTIAC had two enameled emblems:






Dimensions  6.5 x 10.6 cm
Year1940
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no makers mark




Dimensions  10.0 x 3.5 cm
Year1940
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The Indian Pontiac was the inspiration for over forty different indian mascots, starting in 1926 with an indian head radiator cap and ending in 1955 with a plastic head inserted in front of an airplane.
PONTIAC is the only American carmaker to use the same symbol over such a long period. The chief was used on one of the Pontiac models every year for thirty years !


 my choice of PONTIAC mascots including two Indian maiden mascots


For more beautiful car emblems see older posts or top right  ( list of carmakers ).

2 comments:

  1. Claus,

    Your posted picture of your "choice of PONTIAC mascots" is fantastic and a brilliant blend of 2- and 3-dimensional artifacts. The badge display with auto manufacturer ads is a very nice, artistic and professional way to
    exhibit them.

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  2. Thank you for your compliments as I always need a lot of time for research to present an emblem.

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