If you enjoy learning about vintage General Motors factory options and dealer-installed accessories as much as I do, this blog is for you. Perusing the listings from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, it soon becomes apparent option/accessory offerings were extensive.
Generally, it was a “win win” situation for customers and the automaker. Base prices for the cars could be kept relatively low for the frugal buyer by selling models sans price-inflating equipment. For those who wanted their vehicle to be more extravagant, however, myriad extra-cost options and dealer-installed accessories could be specified. Consequently, buyers were afforded the opportunity to personalize their vehicles to match their wants, needs and wallets, and the automakers and dealers were able to increase profits with each item that was added.
Though there were hundreds of options and accessories offered each year by each division in this era, for this blog, I chose a few from Pontiac that I felt were thought-provoking and not seen too often. Many of them were also offered from other GM Divisions with the same or different names and/or styling.
Take a look at the photos and captions and see if you recall any of them or, better, have actually owned a few.
Article courtesy of Hemmings Daily, written by Thomas A. DeMauro.