Four Wheels Under


By Ashley Cook
Photos By Brevin Blach

T?he car that captivated Americans in shows such as Smokey and the Bandit and Knight Rider died on Halloween of last year. GM’s iconic brand, Pontiac, was 84 years old.

Despite an eleventh-hour image overhaul, General Motors pulled the plug on Pontiac during its bankruptcy recovery of 2009, also deep-sixing Hummer and Saturn. Anyone missing the cars can take a trip through time via “Pontiac: Rise & Fall of an American Icon,” on display
through September 25 at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park. The exhibit features 12 classic Pontiacs, including a 1932 Pontiac Six Sedan, 1941 Super Streamliner Torpedo, 1959 Bonneville, 1962 Grand Prix sports coupe, 1964 Tempest LeMans GTO and 1968 Firebird.