'More for your Money' - This automobile was only in production for 90 days. The Oakland Motor Car Company was founded in 1907 and became part of General Motors in 1909. In 1925, General Motors sought an intermediate car priced between the Chevrolet and Oakland. The V-8 was going to be produced as the 1932 Oakland, though due to Pontiac's popularity General Motors integrated Oakland (Pontiac's parent company) into the Pontiac badge in late 1931. A total of 6,281 Pontiac's were produced of all bodystyles for 1932. The body is by Fisher. The engine is a 251 cubic-inch V8 that developed 85 horsepower and was capable of 75 miles per hour.
The 251 cubic-inch L-head V8 engine had a 5.2:1 compression ratio, a one-barrel Marvel downdraft carburetor, and produced 85 horsepower. The first Pontiac V-8 began production on December 22, 1931 and was larger carried over from the 1930-1931 Oakland. The engine's unusual vibration-suppression synchronizer, which mechanically pushed in the opposite direction of its inherent rocking, was relocated from the right to the left side of the block.
Pontiac was created in 1926 as a companion marque to Oakland and to fill a price niche between Chevrolet and Oakland in Alfred Sloan's carefully orchestrated stair-step brand strategy that had severed General Motors so well. General Motors, like so many others, was faced with many difficult business and product decisions. The company decided to keep Pontiac and end the Oakland marque (in 1931). Pontiac had outsold Oakland and though it was a difficult decision to make, it was the one that made the most sense.
With Oakland's demise, Pontiac's straight-six engine was replaced with the Oakland 85 horsepower 251 CID V8. The V8 engine was expensive so it was replaced the next year with a 223 cid straight-eight. A V8 would not be seen again in a Pontiac engine bay until well into the 1950s. This L-head V-8 used cast-iron construction with a 5.2:1 compression ratio that as fed by a one-barrel Marvel downdraft carburetor. The retail sticker topped out at $845 and included a synchromesh transmission and ride control with adjustable shocks.
This Rumble Seat Coupe was purchased in 2007 by the current owners from the McMullen collection. When new, this coupe, complete with rumble seat, was reportedly driven as a company car by a Pontiac executive.