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1908 Pontiac Sales Brochure - The Pontiac Motor Vehicle Co.

1937 Pontiac 1926-1939 Pontiac
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In 1926, when the Oakland Motor Car Company introduced its famous Oakland-Pontiac Six, no one apparently knew that 18 years earlier (in 1908) another American Automobile manufacturer had introduced a car named "Pontiac".

The Pontiac Motor Vehicle Co. was organized around 1904 or 1905 to build American Automobiles in Pontiac, Michigan. Their Pontiac automobile was produced mainly in 1907 and 1908. Only about 100 Pontiac automobiles were built by The Pontiac Motor Vehicle Co.

The Pontiac Spring and Wagon Works was incorporated on July 13, 1899 to manufacture horse drawn vehicles and springs. The officers and main shareholders were Albert G. North, president and Harry G. Hamilton Secretary-Treasurer. Both men in 1904 incorporated The Rapid Motor Vehicle Co. to manufacture the Rapid commercial truck. Then in 1907 the two men decided to build an Automobile and combined all their resources into The Pontiac Motor Vehicle Co. The results was the Pontiac shown below in this rare vintage sales brochure.

1908 Pontiac Model E
1908 Pontiac Model E

The main features of the 1907-1908 Pontiac included a four cycle, water cooled, two cylinder horizontally opposed 12 horsepower engine. The bore was 4 3/8 inches x 4 inch stroke.

1908 Pontiac Rear View
1908 Pontiac Rear View

Other features included expanding type brakes on rear wheels, 1 1/4 inch steel axles, weight 1000 pounds, and a wheelbase 70 inches. The Pontiac was available in red, black, black or green with red or green chassis. Seats were made of leather. The price was $650.00 with Surrey roof and $600 without.

1908 Pontiac Model D
1908 Pontiac Model D

The Model D No. 8 Pontiac as pictured in the sales brochure. The double door compartment at the rear was for salesmen's sample cases. This model D was priced at $700.00.

1908 Pontiac - Illustration Of Chassis
1908 Pontiac - Illustration Of Chassis

The transmission - differential was of the friction type and dual chain drive. A unique feature is the use of an automatic friction differential clutch on either sprocket at the end of the cross shaft. Maximum speed was 30-35 miles per hour.

1908 Pontiac - Illustration Of Engine
1908 Pontiac - Illustration Of Engine

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