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1986 Pontiac 6000, a Lemon?

1986 Pontiac 6000

The deed is done. I dropped $1500 on engine repairs for my old ’86. I know for a fact it’s not worth that much. When I got it for free from my great aunt 8 years ago, it had only 39,000 miles. My uncle Matty died that year, and it sat in her garage all…

A Trans-Am Retrospective

People often think of the Pontiac Trans-Am as a commonplace car. But in 1969, the very first year, only 697 were built – just eight of them convertibles. All were white with blue stripes. That’s about as rare as rare gets! In that first year of production, the option code for the Trans-Am coupe was…

Pontiac Safari, 1957-1989

GM’s Pontiac division was sent off on its own version of the Trail of Tears in 2009 – after years of broken treaties and forked tongue-talking with the corporation’s upper management. Part of the reason for the decline and fall of Pontiac can be traced to the loss of the division’s formerly unique, Pontiac-built powertrains…

The last real Trans Am – and the end for Pontiac

Let’s dial back the clock a quarter century and return to the early days of the Reagan Era – when Pontiac made a last-ditch effort to keep the Trans-Am from becoming a re-skinned Camaro powered by the same Chevy-built V-8 found under other the hood of its sister “F” car.  The Pontiac-built 400 that powered…

Pontiac GrandVille convertible, 1971-1975

The sudden demise of the Catalina convertible in 1972 left Pontiac with just one capital ship convertible in its inventory – the mighty (but short-lived) GrandVille. It was basically a two-door version of the GrandVille sedan, which was now Pontiac’s top-of-the-line full-size car, taking over for Bonneville. It had the same wheelbase (126 inches) and…

2007 Pontiac G6 Retractable Hardtop

Remember when VCRs cost $1,500? Today, you can get one for about $100 (or even less). Once the basic technology was hammered out, the focus turned to stamping them out in ever larger quantities — at ever lower prices. It’s the same with automotive gadgets and technology. Like GPS, which went from being an ultra-exclusive…