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History Lives at the Pontiac-Oakland Museum

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On: Thu, May 29, 2014 at 10:44AM | By: Gary P Garry


History Lives at the Pontiac-Oakland Museum

The Oakland Motor Car Company was founded in Pontiac, Michigan by a man named Edward Murphy. Oakland started out in 1907 as an independent automotive brand, but General Motors purchased a 50-percent interest a couple of years later.

Murphy passed away shortly after selling half of the company to General Motors, and they subsequently acquired the rest of the company. The Oakland division of General Motors flourished for a time, but problems started to develop during the early portion of the 1920s.

In 1926 the company introduced the Pontiac as part of the Oakland line. The Pontiac wound up outselling the Oakland, and General Motors decided to do away with the Oakland in favor of the Pontiac. The last year of production for the Oakland was 1931.

Pontiac went on to become an integral part of the General Motors family for decades. The division lasted a long time, but the end came in 2010. Pontiac is now defunct, but you can experience the history of Oakland and Pontiac motor vehicles at the Pontiac-Oakland Museum and Resource Center in Pontiac, Michigan.

Pontiac-Oakland historian Tim Dye worked with elected officials and community leaders in Pontiac to create the Pontiac-Oakland Museum and Resource Center. The museum opened its doors in July of 2011, and it is truly a fantastic accomplishment that will wow you if you are a classic car fan.

You can learn just about anything that you want to know about Oakland and Pontiac vehicles at the Pontiac-Oakland Museum and Resource Center The museum houses one of the most amazing collections of Oakland and Pontiac vehicles in the country.

The vehicles themselves are more than enough, but there are countless artifacts, manuals, brochures, and the like on display that tell the story of these two venerable automotive brands.

A visit to the Pontiac-Oakland Museum and Resource Center would be well worth the effort regardless of the price of admission, but there is no admission charge. That's right, you can take in all this history without reaching into your wallet.

The museum is located on 205 N. Mill Street in Pontiac, and it is open every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. They close at 4 o'clock during the winter months.

If you are a classic car lover, a visit to the Pontiac-Oakland Museum and Resource Center should certainly be near the top of your bucket list.


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