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Pontiac Buggy In 1893 Edward M. Murphy establishes the Pontiac Buggy Company in Pontiac, Michigan producing horse-drawn carriages thru 1906. Pontiac Highwheeler
In 1899 the Pontiac Spring & Wagon Works is incorporated by Albert North and Harry Hamilton. They build the first Pontiac car in 1907.
In 1907 as it becomes clear that motor car sales are surpassing carriages, Edward Murphy incorporates the Oakland Motor Car Company, an offshoot of his Pontiac Buggy Company.
Oakland Motor Car Company   William C. Durant
The first Oakland uses an unusual Alanson Brush designed, two-cylinder vertical engine which rotates counterclockwise. The engine works but the car does not sell well.
1909 Oakland Model 25-Four Passenger Touring In January of 1909 Murphy sells half the Oakland Motor Car Company to William Durant. The Oakland finds itself as the charter member in Durant's newly formed General Motors empire.
  1909 Oakland Model K-Five Passenger Touring
The 1909 Oakland is upgraded to a more standard four-cylinder engine and sells reasonably well.
1916 Oakland Model 49 T.C. 7 Passenger  
Murphy dies unexpectedly that summer of 1909 and a few months later General Motors purchases full control of Oakland.
In 1916 the Oakland is available with a four, six or an all new V8 engine and its sales increases to 24,000 units.
    1918 Oakland
1921 Oakland Oakland is successful as it enters the 1920's, but production and quality control problems began to plague the division. Under the leadership of a new GM President, a committee of company executives is formed to create a new car line under Oakland to fill the price gap between Chevrolet and Oldsmobile.
  1924 Oakland
  The 1924 Oakland gets a new L-head six-cylinder engine, four-wheel brakes and DuPont's new Duco lacquer bright blue finish. The car is promoted as the "True Blue Oakland Six."
1926 Pontiac Laundu Coupe  
The first Pontiac branded car, the "Chief of the Sixes", debuts at the 1926 New York Auto Show as a companion marquee to Oakland. Priced under $900 it sells over 76,000 its first year setting an industry record.  
    1926 Pontiac Sport Roadster
1932 Pontiac 2 Door Sedan In mid 1926 Pontiac begins to build a $15 million assembly plant in Pontiac, Michigan. It's the largest construction project in the U.S. that year, and becomes known as the "daylight" plant for its architectural use of glass.
1936 Pontiac Silver Streak In 1932 the Oakland Motor Company becomes the Pontiac Motor Company. Pontiac becomes the only companion marquee to survive the General Motors Companion Make Program. 1933 Pontiac Sport Coupe
1933 Pontiac Motor Company changes its name
to the Pontiac Motor Division
  1936 Pontiac Sport Coupe
In 1936 Pontiac builds its 1 millionth car and adopts its trademark Silver Streak chrome ribbons which sweep down the hood.
1938 Pontiac Eight Sport CoupePontiac Built Oerlikon Cannons  
In 1938 Pontiac pioneers the column mounted gearshift, and moves to an all steel body construction. 1941 Pontiac Torpedo Six Sedan Coupe 1942 Pontiac Torpedo Sedan Coupe

Pontiac Built Field Guns
In 1941 Pontiac debuts engine options, giving buyers a selection of engines. Production soars but on March 1, 1941, Pontiac begins building Oerlikon 20 mm anti-aircraft cannons for the Navy.
Pontiac builds its last car in February of 1942 and starts building automatic field guns for the Army, front axles for the M-5 tank as well as aircraft-launched torpedoes for the Navy.
1946 Pontiac Two-Door Sedan Coupe In 1946 the first post war Pontiacs are released, essentially unchanged from the 1942 models, they are still highly regarded by a car hungry country.
    1949 Pontiac Coupe Sedan
1952 Pontiac Convertible In 1952 the four millionth Pontiac is built and the Pontiac Motor Division celebrates its 25th anniversary.
1954 Pontiac Sedan In 1955 Pontiac had more changes than any since 1926. There were 109 new features, including three new bodies. For the first time Pontiac sold more than a half million cars in a single model year. The new overhead valve, 287 cubic inch V8 engine was smaller, more rigid, and able to achieve top speeds of over 90 mph. 1955 Pontiac 810 Sedan

I Love Lucy Show
1955 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible  
The "I Love Lucy Show" debuts a series of episodes in 1955 with Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel driving a '55 Pontiac Star Chief convertible cross country to California.
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