1929 Pontiac Six Roadster  Chassis no. P484404

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Lot 241
1929 Pontiac Six Roadster
Chassis no. P484404

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1929 Pontiac Six Roadster
Coachwork by Stewart Brothers

Chassis no. P484404
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 that 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’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 186.5cu in (3,057cc) sidevalve that produced 40bhp at a leisurely 2,400rpm. There was a three-speed gearbox and brakes on the rear wheels only. Only two body styles were offered at first - a five-seater coach and two-seater fixed-head coupe - landau/de luxe landau sedans and a de luxe coupe being added in August ’26. The first open Pontiacs were offered in 1927, and four-wheel brakes arrived the following year. There was a larger (200cu in) engine 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.

This left-hand drive, two-seat Pontiac roadster belonged to the Musée de L’Automobile in Cannes for nearly 20 years before being sold to the vendor six months ago. Finished in black with brown leatherette interior, it is offered fresh from a body off, bare-metal repaint.

The car has a rare Stewart Brothers body, which although similar in appearance to the standard body is better built and sports finer lines, especially noticeable in the screen and hood design, and also in the body moldings. A Pontiac Chief Indian head mascotte will be supplied with the car.

Ce roadster Pontiac à deux places et conduite à gauche a appartunu au Musée de l'Automobile de Cannes pendant près de 20 ans avant d'être cédé au vendeur actuel il y a six mois. Peint en noir avec intérieur en simili marron, il est proposé avec une peinture neuve exécutée sur la caisse déposée et mise à nu.

Cette voiture possède une très rare carrosserie signée Stewart Brothers qui, malgré sa ressemblance avec les caisses standard, se révèle mieux construite et dotée de lignes plus finement sportives, notamment au niveau du dessin du capot et du pare-brise ainsi que des moulures de caisse. Une tête de chef indien Pontiac sera livrée avec la voiture.

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1929 Pontiac Six Roadster  Chassis no. P484404
1929 Pontiac Six Roadster  Chassis no. P484404
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