As you already know, for almost 10 years, Pontiac is just a dear memory to all fans of this once famous brand. During the last recession, forced by the economic turmoil and government bailout, GM decided to kill this brand in the cost-reducing effort. Today, we will not discuss if this was a good decision or not. We will remember the greatest muscle Pontiacs of all times.
Although the muscle car as a class existed before the Pontiac released the GTO in 1964, this company is credited with creating the first proper muscle car. To say that Pontiac created the history would be an understatement and it did much more with creating the most exciting segment on the American car market. However, the GTO wasn’t the only legendary muscle car from this brand and here are 19 more.
1. Pontiac Bonneville
New for 1958 Bonneville was available only as a two-door hardtop or convertible emphasizing its performance appeal. Under the hood was a 370 CID V8 engine which had 255 hp in its base form. For those who wanted more power, there was Tri-Power option with 300 hp and top of the line fuel-injected version with 310 hp. With this engine, the 1958 Bonneville was one of the most powerful and fastest GM cars of the day.
Thanks to its performance and beautiful design, the 1958 Bonneville was chosen to pace the Indianapolis 500 race. The Bonneville had moderate success on the market and Pontiac managed to sell over 12,000 copies. Today, this car is highly appreciated by knowledgeable enthusiasts but not known by the general automotive public. The performance reputation of the early Bonneville was only the announcement of what was going to happen with the GTO and muscle models.