The Pontiac Bonneville was on sale for 47 years before it was discontinued in 2005. The Pontiac brand itself was shut down by GM only five years later. The automaker’s so-called “Excitement Division” had lost its way over the years due to GM’s reliance on badge engineering, among other issues. By the time proper attention was given to Pontiac with models like the Solstice and G8, it was already too late. GM’s bankruptcy was also the final nail in the coffin for the brand.
Aside from the Firebird, one of Pontiac’s most celebrated and long-standing models was the Bonneville. Launched in 1958, a total of ten generations existed in numerous body styles, including a coupe, convertible, station wagon, and sedan. A majority of us still clearly remember the sedan, which Pontiac attempted to morph into a BMW fighter in the 1990s.