Pontiac, orphan cars

Pontiac: welcome to the Torq-O Garage!

Orphan car fans: we hate to be the last to report that Pontiac is joining the Torq-O Garage.

We’re really late to jump on the story, because we’ve been rearranging the cars in our 250-car orphan garage with a giant Weather Eye conditioned air system.

Just when we had the garage alphabetically organized, GM dropped the P-bomb on us. Since all of our cars are iconic examples of their marques, we traded in our rusty Pontiac Astre for a fresh new Solstice Coupe. (We notice quite a few Azteks on the used car lot. Doesn’t anyone appreciate simple geometry in car design?) Then we had to move every car after Plymouth down one spot. Let me tell you, the Pope Hartford did NOT want to turn over. (So I made my wife crank it up.)

Instead of commenting on Pontiac’s demise ourselves, we thought we’d provide you with a variety of viewpoints from across the internetosphere.

Before Pontiac went floor pan up, the New York Times had an interesting article about the brand’s shriveling. If you’re a newbie to the classic car scene, read this article first.

“It’s a shame,” lamented lots and lots and lots of Pontiac fans.

Then there was a bit of news about Pontiac dealers trying to buy the brand from G.M. No fuzzy dice, said the General.

Steven Cole Smith of The Orlando Sentinel tried to educate readers about our particular brand of classic car appreciation with his own article about orphan cars. He defines orphans as cars “no longer supported by an active dealer network.” Not bad.

We didn’t want to be left out of the party, so we waded into The Torq-O Media Archive to bring you an audio snack. It’s Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker stiffly pitching the 1935 Pontiacs.

But’s what’s a radio commercial without a few visuals? So we hopped on over to The Auburn University Library Special Collections as well as John MacDonald’s Oldcarandtruckpictures web site to add some zazz to to the sounds.

Enjoy the news about those steel turret top bodies!