Pontiac Tail Fins

Pontiac Tail Fins – The first Pontiac was built in 1926 and was created rather than acquired by General Motors. It was designed by Ben H. Anibal as a low priced automobile. Over the next 86 years it was often the sales leader for General Motors and for good reasons.


1953 Pontiac Tail Fins
1953 Pontiac Tail Fins

New for 1953 was more power including power steering and an automatic transmission. In addition ’53 Pontiac’s were larger and shinier. And for the first time had small tailfins or what was best described as “kicked up rear fenders”.


1954 Pontiac Tail Fins
1954 Pontiac Tail Fins

A new top of the line Pontiac arrived for 1954, called the Star Chief. It featured a longer wheelbase and unique trim and once again kicked up rear fenders. A Star Chief Catalina hardtop was listed at $2557.00.


1955 Pontiac Tail Fins
1955 Pontiac Tail Fins

Pontiacs took on a whole new look for 1955. Features include restyled side trim, two chrome “silver streaks” on the hood and restyled tail fins. 1955 was the first year for a V-8 engine. Also new to Pontiac was the Custom Safari wagon that cost $2962.00 and looks a lot like the Chevrolet Nomad.


1956 Pontiac Tail Fins
1956 Pontiac Tail Fins

This Custom Catalina convertible cost $2857.00 and had very few changes from the previous year. New for ’56 was a $2735.00 Star Chief four door hardtop. Lower priced Pontiac’s were called Chieftains.


1957 Pontiac Tail Fins
1957 Pontiac Tail Fins

In 1957 Pontiac begain transforming its image from a reliable automobile to a reliable automobile with performance. Its largest engine was a 370 cubic inch with 310 horsepower. Pontaic received revised styling for ’57 that gave them rear slanted tailfins.


1958 Pontiac Tail Fins
1958 Pontiac Tail Fins

Pontaic’s received a total restyling once agin for 1958. Just like Pontaic’s General Motors siblings, they piled on the chrome. Features included quad headlights, new grille, massive bumpers and enormous tailfins.


1959 Pontiac Tail Fins
1959 Pontiac Tail Fins

1959 Pontaic’s were called the “Wide Track Pontaic” due to a five inch incease in its width. Once again Pontaic received a major restyling with features that included a split grille, low wide taillights, flat tops and new small dual tailfins.


1960 Pontiac Tail Fins
1960 Pontiac Tail Fins

1960 Pontaic models received a complete restyling. The tailfins and the distinctive split grille were removed. In 1960 the Ventura was introduced. In 1961 it was the Tempest both without tailfins.