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Pontiac’s Wide-Track First Wowed Buyers 60 Years Ago

Posted February 06, 2019 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: brochure classic auto pontiac

After getting an eyeful of Plymouth’s 1957 offerings featuring Chrysler’s “Forward Look,” GM stylists changed direction for the 1959 designs and ultimately penned the classic bolder, lower-longer-wider lines that many revere today. Pontiac went wider between the wheels than the rest, and “Wide-Track” was born.

The division also introduced a dramatic split-grille front-end theme that, despite going on hiatus for 1960, returned for 1961 and became a defining styling element for most Pontiacs until the division’s demise five decades later. The twin-fin rear styling would only last one year, however.

Looking back at when Pontiac's vehicle stance was large and in charge.

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