Royal Pontiac - Royal Oak MI

Address: 400 N Main
City: Royal Oak
State: MI
Zip: 48067
County: Oakland
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This is my favorite dealership of all time but I have never been there. I was a Pontiac man in my younger years and I loved and owned many of them. I had a few dream cars such as the SD-455 Trans Am (I owned a 1978 TA). My big one was the Royal Bobcat 1969 GTO with a Ram Air V. There was very few of these but I have seen them at auto shows and such. I even saw a boat that had a Ram Air V in it. Amazing.

I remember buying a new Pontiac and the salesman and I got to chatting about cool Pontiacs and I told him about my dream to have the 69 Bobcat Ram Air V and he said "are you messing with me right now?" I said "not at all, why?". He flipped the picture frame on his desk around and there it was, the Ram Air V Goat. We both started laughing as it was quite the coincidence. He had a perfectly restored version of one of the originals.

Getting back to Royal, it was a hub of Pontiac racing in Detroit. George DeLorean, (John's brother) used to operate out of here. He was always bringing the latest cool Pontiacs out on Woodward where people could check them out and race. I believe the first "Screaming Chicken" Trans Am was introduced in this way. It was pretty controversial at the time.

I loved the late 70's T/A's but others thought they were too cheesy. Royal was also a place where you could buy a high performance engine in a crate. Very cool in those days. Another guy who was affiliated with Pontiac racing was Jim Wangers, who was the famous "ad man" who was instrumental in the creation of the GTO itself. He may have been the one that debuted the 70's Trans Am, my memory is foggy on that.

Eventually, that sort of auto fell out of vogue due to smog regulations and gas prices. Royal Pontiac became Ace Wilson's Pontiac then Jim Fresard Pontiac which operated for many years. We all know Pontiac ceased to exist which killed me. The dealers all closed and eventually this location was demolished entirely. Pardon any mistakes in my memories of this stuff, there are many other sites that detail the Royal Pontiac/George DeLorean/Wangers saga better than I am doing here.

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Royal Pontiac - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Royal Pontiac - The Webmasters Dream Car From Classic Cars Dot Com
The Webmasters Dream Car From Classic Cars Dot Com
Royal Pontiac - The Webmasters Other Dream Car From Car Scoops Dot Com
The Webmasters Other Dream Car From Car Scoops Dot Com
Royal Pontiac - Royal Pontiac - Fresard Pontiac Street View
Royal Pontiac - Fresard Pontiac Street View
Royal Pontiac - Royal Pontiac - Fresard Pontiac Street View
Royal Pontiac - Fresard Pontiac Street View
Royal Pontiac - Royal Pontiac - Fresard Pontiac Street View
Royal Pontiac - Fresard Pontiac Street View
Royal Pontiac - Royal Pontiac - Fresard Pontiac Street View
Royal Pontiac - Fresard Pontiac Street View
Royal Pontiac - Aug 2001 Article On Dream Cruise
Aug 2001 Article On Dream Cruise
Royal Pontiac - Aug 2001 Article On Dream Cruise Part 2
Aug 2001 Article On Dream Cruise Part 2
Royal Pontiac - May 27 1979 Article On Woodward
May 27 1979 Article On Woodward
Royal Pontiac - May 27 1979 Article On Woodward Part 2
May 27 1979 Article On Woodward Part 2
Royal Pontiac - Aug 2003 Article
Aug 2003 Article
Royal Pontiac - Aug 18 1996 Article On Gto And Woodward
Aug 18 1996 Article On Gto And Woodward
Royal Pontiac - Aug 20 1999 Dream Cruise Article
Aug 20 1999 Dream Cruise Article
Royal Pontiac - Aug 25 1960 Ad For 400 Main Address
Aug 25 1960 Ad For 400 Main Address
Royal Pontiac - Aug 9 2006 Article On Jim Wngers
Aug 9 2006 Article On Jim Wngers
Royal Pontiac - Feb 1960 Ad Different Address
Feb 1960 Ad Different Address
Royal Pontiac - Feb 1970 Ad For Ace Wilson
Feb 1970 Ad For Ace Wilson
Royal Pontiac - Feb 1971 Ad
Feb 1971 Ad
Royal Pontiac - July 1979 Fresard Ad
July 1979 Fresard Ad
Royal Pontiac - May 20 2022 George Delorian Passes Away
May 20 2022 George Delorian Passes Away
Royal Pontiac - Oct 1962 Article
Oct 1962 Article
Royal Pontiac - Oct 1964 Ad George Delorean
Oct 1964 Ad George Delorean
Royal Pontiac - Sep 1986 Ad For Gto
Sep 1986 Ad For Gto
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