Pontiac Deluxe Eight Cabriolet
Pontiac’s 1926 introduction set new sales records. However, despite offering solid value and abundant standard features, Pontiac sales declined as the Great Depression continued.
In response, a new eight-cylinder engine appeared for 1933, along with streamlined Fisher bodies designed by Franklin Q. Hershey, formerly of the Murphy Body Company. GM’s famed “Knee-Action” independent suspension bowed for 1934, while styling was carefully refined for 1935 and 1936. Hydraulic brakes arrived for 1935, and the eight featured a slight displacement and power increase for 1936. Pontiac’s strategy of careful evolution worked, with model-year production nearly doubling from 90,198 units in 1933 to 176,270 cars for 1936.
Nonetheless, the eight-cylinder engine was discontinued after the 1936 model year, and the eight-cylinder Deluxe Cabriolet was dropped from the Pontiac model catalog in April 1936. Only about 2,000 such cars were produced, of which the majority were built by GM Canada.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
87 bhp, 232.3 cu. in. inline L-head eight-cylinder engine, Carter one-barrel carburetor, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, independent front suspension, semi-floating rear axle, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116 5/8".
Source: RM Auctions