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About Quiz # 316: 1926 Pontiac 6-27 (Upd. two sons, two carbies)

pontiac 6-27_1926_300Depicted are the running remains of a September production 1926 Pontiac 6-27. At the wheel the 15 year old son of jurymember Mark Dawber. We received a lot of answers and between those we found the names of Moon, Chrysler, Marquette, Chrysler and Plymouth. Not so, as said it is a Pontiac. Starting there we still had 14 competitors on board. For many of them the the split L-head six cylinder was the give away. The next step was to add a type to the car. It is a Series 6-27. The wording "Chief of the Sixes" was - as confirmed by both Kit Foster and Mark Dawber - a Pontiac slogan and not the typename of this car. Sorry, the respondents giving Series or Model 6-27 were in favour.  Leaving us with four competitors only. They were coming very close together. Without getting too deep into nitty gritty stuff we finally decided to acclaim as winner Duane F. Miller, who wrote: "Quiz #316 is a 1926 Pontiac Series 6-27, 6 cylinder built by the Oakland Motor Co. GMC. Having joined Pontiac working first in Chassis Design and then Chassis development, I had the fun of getting the original, first 1926 Pontiac out of storage and driving it at the 50th anniversary celebration of the GM Proving Ground. It was quite a different "ride" from that of the Pontiacs I had been working on such as the 1964 GTO, for which I developed the "Ride and Handling." Congratulations Duane. Any photos left of that time? (special thanks to Mark Dawber for photos)


#1 2012-02-25 01:45
The observant might notice that there is a difference in the engine pic used in the quiz to that in today's page. The first pic was taken in November and the later one in january. In the interim the original carburettor failed - a diecast piece from inside broke - and the carb has been replaced with a Tillotson which I have used on several other cars. That is 13 year old Harry in today's picture, who is quite capable of driving the car - offroad of course - managing the crash gearbox and lack of front wheel brakes. He is also capable of setting the timing, fitting tyres, and any basic repairs that need to be done.

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