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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

1926 Pontiac Series 6-27 - Antique Car For Sale (Click Here)

1926 Pontiac Series 6-27 186.5 6 Cylinder, 40 HP


OK Excitement Division lovers, do you know where your car company started? Yes, you proud owners of Firebirds, Trans Ams, GTO's and Bonnevilles owe your heritage to this car, a new model from a new make: Pontiac. This expertly restored 1926 Series 6-27 is a time capsule which stands as a noble elder to the models rolling out of Poncho factories today, more than eighty years after its construction!

This beautiful 6-27 wears Bambolina Blue with its black counterpart. The body, made of steel cladding over a wood frame, is in excellent condition with clean, shiny paint. The original wood spoke wheels are in excellent shape, refinished with a clean coat of varnish, and wear their re-chromed original Pontiac center caps. New Coker whitewalls (4.75/500-20) are the only choice for a car like this. The headlights and taillight are in excellent shape, and the show stealing and CORRECT 1926 nickel and copper Indian head radiator ornament is as nice as you're likely to find anywhere. The doors close solidly and the replacement laminated glass is in excellent shape. Its formal shape contrasts sharply with cars of today, but its construction involved more carpenters than panel beaters. That big square roofline with its new, correct padded top allows ample headroom and was a welcome alternative to leaky canvas tops on most cars.

The advertisements started appearing on October 3, 1925, when an ad appeared in the Saturday Evening Post stating a new General Motors automobile would be produced and distributed by the Oakland division in addition to the higher line Oakland Six. On January 9, 1926, another advertisement appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in which the name of this new automobile was revealed. It would be called the Pontiac, after, as General Motors put it, “the greatest Indian Chief who ever appeared on the American continent." The car was labeled the “Chief of the Sixes”, referring to its 6-cylinder motor.

Poke around underneath and you'll see a beautifully restored example of a bygone era. While fully functional, you'll be glad that era is over—a three speed non synchro transmission, external strap drum brakes on the rear only and wood floors aren't items you'll likely find on a modern commuter car! The steering, braking and suspension systems were all taken apart, restored and reinstalled. The car drives well, stops well and turns as it should—during the city driving it was intended for the car is easy to manage and quite tractable. There's a new six volt battery in place under the driver's seat, the floorboards and running boards are in excellent shape and the

The ’26 Pontiac was the result of GM Chairman Alfred P Sloan’s marketing strategy of an automobile for “every purse and purpose” in which he created a distinct hierarchy from Chevrolet to the Cadillac. Oakland was charged with producing the new car because the market for expensive 6 cylinder cars had been “soft” for several years and Sloan believed that Oakland dealers would benefit from increased show room traffic with the offering of a lower-priced 6 cylinder model. The only failure of Sloan’s plan was that the Pontiac didn’t prevent Oakland from going under; the company officially became Pontiac in June 1932.

The interior is awash in wide, comfortable corduroy. Coach models such as this feature a dome lamp, and both front seats tilt forward to allow access to the rear seat area. There's the original wood wheel in front of you and an agate shift knob on the three speed stick next to you. Set the dash mounted choke, step on the floor mounted starter switch and allow the engine to settle into a muted whirr. The carpet is in great shape, the door panels are excellent, the gauges and gauge lights work as they should and there's simply an air of "newness" in this octogenarian automobile.

Undo the clasps on the bonnet and have a look inside at the very simple, stout engine. The "smoothness" raved about in the brochure isn't just marketing hype—the idle, takeoff and cruising speed vibration is very low. The newer single exhaust softens the exhaust note to a whisper. Those are new spark plugs, a freshly tuned carburetor and more in the compartment; the car's ready for a drive.

This is a museum quality, significant and very attractive vehicle. In fact, it’s one of the nicest 1926 Pontiacs on the planet … we can’t image one nicer! From its heritage to its drivability, it would be hard to find another first year Pontiac that looks and works as well as this car does!

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