My son and I were out and about one day and I noticed a 1969 Pontiac Firebird. I pointed out the car and told him the make and model. A bit thrown off, he said he had never heard of Pontiac.
I was a bit shocked but then I realized he was barely alive, he’s 11, when Pontiac went belly up in 2010 and that I would need to give him the condensed history of the GM brand. The condensed version was that Pontiac was the more performance driven branch of GM and that some of their cars were similar to Chevys, especially the Firebird. We were in my 2012 Camaro at the time and I said the Firebird was essentially a Camaro but had slightly different features and styling.
He seemed satisfied with this synopsis but a part of me was bit bummed because Pontiac, like many brands, are a foreign concept to his generation. This was probably a similar issue for my Dad in reference to Kaiser or Desoto.
We shouldn’t forget Pontiac. They were a brand unto themselves and made some great cars for performance driven consumers. The following are the best Pontiacs: