Pontiac Info... Facts and Information 

Pontiac V-8 Engines  History of V-8 Pontiac engines from 1932 to 1981.

Pontiac Engine Cooling.  Article that describes reverse flow (1955-59) and "conventional" cooling.  Describes the differences and provides some theories as to why Pontiac changed from reverse flow to conventional cooling in the 1960 model year.

Identification Tags.  All about the identification tags on mid 50's Pontiacs and how to decode them.  These tags give you information about the car when it rolled off the assembly line.

Wire Wheel Covers.  All about the wire wheel covers available as an option on early/mid 50s Pontiacs

1955-57 Windshield Sun Visor.  (opens in new window) Describes the Pontiac windshield sun visor and tells how it differs from the Chevy visor.  Includes instructions on how to install the visor and the traffic light viewer that was installed along with the visor.

Pontiac Photo Collection.   Pontiac period photos and post cards from the collection of "Pontiac Pat" Schneider.  Mostly 1955-56 with some 1957-58.

1955

1955 Models, Body Styles, and Body Style Numbers List of models, production total, cost, and weight for each model.

1955 Pontiac Colors.  Paint chips and list of available paint colors.

1955 Upholstery Options  Lists trim codes associated with each upholstery option.

1955 Color & Trim Chart  (1.8 MB)  Pontiac document that shows a matrix of paint colors and upholstery options.  Lists available colors and upholstery option for each model (Chieftains page 1, Star Chiefs page 2). Thanks Phil Bennett for scanned pages.

1955 Pontiac Accessories.  Pamphlet shows available accessories.  New December 2012

1955 Pontiac Accessorizer.  Pamphlet carried by salesmen that shows options, option codes, and prices.  This pamphlet can be used to decode the Fisher Body Data Plate ACC codes. Thanks Phil Bennett for scanned pages.

1955 Price List & Accessory Codes  Pamphlet that lists prices for Pontiac models and lists accessories and accessory codes, similar to the "Accessorizer".  This pamphlet can be used to decode the Fisher Body Data Plate ACC codes.

1955 Pontiac Package Accessory Price List. Accessory packages that could be ordered by dealers from Pontiac.  Gives part numbers, dealer price and suggested retail price.  Has some accessories for 1953-54 also.  Thanks Harold Cary for providing this document.

1955 Suggested Price List 10-29-55  Pamphlet that lists prices for Pontiac models and some accessories.   Thanks Phil Bennett for scanned pages.

1955 Owner's Manual  (9MB .pdf file)  Manual that came with a new 1955 Pontiac.  Thanks to Joe Foerster for the scanned document.

1955 Shop Manual  The complete 1955 Pontiac Shop Manual. Thanks Joe Foerster for scanned pages.

1955 Station Wagons  Brochure showing Safari and Chieftain Station Wagons.

1955 Superior Coach  Two-page document shows how the Pontiac ambulance and hearse were built.

1955 Invoice  Sales Invoice on 1955 Catalina in Connecticut.  Thanks Phil Bennett for the page.

1955 Convertible  Restored by Reno, sold November 2010.

1956   

1956 Models, Body Styles, and Body Style Numbers   List of models, production total, cost, and weight for each model.

1956 Pontiac Colors.  Scanned color chips for 1956 and list of available color combinations.

1956 Pontiac Upholstery Options.  Lists trim codes associated with each upholstery option.

1956 Paint Colors and Upholstery Options.  Scanned pages from a 1956 Dealer book that shows which paint colors & upholstery options were available for all models.  Thanks to Paul Baker for the document. New September 2012

1956 Pontiac Specifications and Standard Equipment.  Scanned pages from the 1956 Dealer's book showing specifications and standard equipment.

1956 Pontiac Facts Guide.  Book that tells a lot about the "new" 1956 Pontiac.

1956 Pontiac Accessories.  Pamphlet shows available accessories.

1956 Pontiac Accessorizer.  Pamphlet carried by salesmen that shows options, option codes, and prices.  This pamphlet can be used to decode the Fisher Body Data Plate ACC codes

1956 Pontiac Package Accessory Price List. Accessory packages that could be ordered by dealers from Pontiac.  Gives part numbers, dealer price and suggested retail price.  Has some accessories for 1953-55 also.

1956 New Model InformationPontiac Service Craftsman News, Oct 1955, details the changes in going from the 1955 to the 1956 Pontiac.

1956 Pontiac Owner's Guide(6MB pdf file) 

1956 Dual Quads.  Information on the dual 4-barrel 285 hp engine offered by Pontiac in 1956.

1956 - How many are left?  Page from Automotive Information Clearinghouse showing estimated number of surviving 1956 Safaris.  

1956 Shop Manual  The complete 1956 Pontiac shop manual. 

1956 Speed Record advertisement  A four page advertisement from Pontiac boasting a world speed record.

1956 GM Advertisement  shows the GM station wagons, Chevy, Buick, and a Safari.  Safaris were not delivered as shown with small hubcaps -- full disk were standard equipment.  Front bumper guard is not as delivered.  It appears to be an early production advertisement, perhaps produced when the look of the Safari was not finalized.

1957

1957 Models, Body Styles, and Body Style Numbers  List of models, production total, cost, and weight for each model.

1957 Pontiac Colors  List of available colors for 1957.

1957 Upholstery Options  Lists trim codes associated with each upholstery option.

1957 Pontiac Accessorizer.  Pamphlet carried by salesmen that shows options, option codes, and prices.  This pamphlet can be used to decode the Fisher Body Data Plate ACC codes.  Thanks to Ron Huddy for the document.

1957 Suggested Delivered Price List.  Prices for the '57 models and accessories.  Also has codes for decoding Fisher Body Data Plate ACC codes.  Thanks to Todd Crews for the document.

1957 Pontiac Accessories and Optional Equipment.  Short descriptions of accessories and optional equipment.  Thanks to Len Sokol for the scanned document.

1957 Pontiac Package Accessory Price List P57-2, February 1957.   Accessory packages that could be ordered by dealers from Pontiac.  Gives part numbers, dealer price and suggested retail price.  Thanks to Len Sokol for the scanned document.

1957 Pontiac Factory Installed Accessory Price List F57-2, February 1957.  Accessory packages that could be ordered by dealers from Pontiac.  Thanks to Len Sokol for the scanned document. 

1957 Sales Brochure  An early brochure showing all models available at the time.

1957 Tri-power  Information by Rick Gonser about the 57 three 2-barrel carburetor option (tri-power) and differences between 57 and 58.

1958    

Note:  This is the beginning of adding 1958 Pontiac information.  This is all I have and will add more as I get it. 

1958 Pontiac Accessorizer.  Pamphlet carried by salesmen that shows options, option codes, and prices.  This pamphlet can be used to decode the Fisher Body Data Plate ACC codes.  Thanks to John Steele for the scanned pages.

1958 Pontiac Package Accessory Price List.   Accessory packages that could be ordered by dealers from Pontiac.  Gives part numbers, dealer price and suggested retail price.  Thanks to Len Sokol for the scanned document.

1958 Color and Trim Chart.  Table of all 1958 models with colors and trim options availabe for each model.  Thanks to Jim Notch for the scanned pages.  NEW August 2013