American history is filled with the stories of Europeans landing in North America among the indigenous “Indians.” Well, here’s a tale of a unique Indian landing in Europe.
Tim Dye of the Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum in Pontiac, Ill., recently received this mysterious photo of a European 1933 Pontiac . For anyone acquainted with “Chiefs,” or even General Motors products of the 1930s, there’s something noticeably different about this Pontiac — it wears convertible victoria coachwork often seen in Europe, but rarely fitted on production cars in the United States.
This 1933 Pontiac is certainly a coachbuilt car built for the European market, but what coachbuilder constructed the body? Where was that company based? European coachbuilders that fit their work to mass-produced chassis often fitted similar bodies to many different makes, so how many were built? What other cars used this same (or very similar) victoria body fitted on this Pontiac?