1930 Pontiac Big Six Sedan Project  Chassis no. 596976P
Lot 319
1930 Pontiac Big Six Sedan Project Chassis no. 596976P
£3,500 - 4,500
US$ 5,900 - 7,600
Auction Details
1930 Pontiac Big Six Sedan Project  Chassis no. 596976P 1930 Pontiac Big Six Sedan Project  Chassis no. 596976P 1930 Pontiac Big Six Sedan Project  Chassis no. 596976P 1930 Pontiac Big Six Sedan Project  Chassis no. 596976P
Lot Details
1930 Pontiac Big Six Sedan Project
Coachwork by Fisher

Chassis no. 596976P

Footnotes

  • The Pontiac companion marque originated within another member of the General Motors family: Oakland. Located in Pontiac, Michigan, Oakland had grown out of the Pontiac Buggy Company and thus the name of the eponymous Indian Chief seemed a natural choice for its new model. The latter had been conceived as a quality six-cylinder car for the price of a four and was a runaway success, setting what was then a record for debut-year sales of almost 77,000 units, which was more than its Oakland parent achieved that year. Contributing to the Pontiac Six's success was the fact that it boasted up-to-the-minute styling yet was mechanically entirely conventional. Developed at Chevrolet, it was, in essence, a Chevrolet chassis re-engineered to accommodate a six-cylinder engine, the latter being a 186.5ci (3,057cc) sidevalve that produced 40bhp at a leisurely 2,400rpm. There was a three-speed gearbox and brakes on the rear wheels only. The first open Pontiacs were offered in 1927 and four-wheel brakes arrived the following year. There was a larger (200ci) engine on the 'New Big Six' for '29. More than half a million Pontiacs had been made by the time of the Wall Street Crash of October that year, and although Pontiac would survive that catastrophe, its less-successful Oakland parent was axed.

    Dating from 1930, this imposing 'Big Six' sedan was discovered in a garage in New York where it had been stored for circa 30 years. Purchased in 2009 as a restoration project by a Pontiac collector, it has not been touched because of the owner's ill health. Offered with a copy of the US Certicate of Sale, C&E 386, Instruction Book and photographs of it being disinterred from its resting place in New York. This lot is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed.
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