Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is the location of today’s mystery photograph taken in the showroom of an unidentified Buick and Pontiac sales agency. With the two clues, we expect that old car sleuths in the audience will be able to identify both the name and location of the dealership where the image of the taken by Russell H. Heffley on February 18, 1935.
Of interest in the scene is the Pontiac display chassis equipped with “knee-action” front suspension, along with illustrations and a description of it against the wall on the far-right, below it is a cabinet containing Pontiac accessories, and another display of extra cost options is located behind the Pontiac convertible.
In 1935 Pontiac introduced all-new styling that included a V-shaped two-piece windshield and a “waterfall” grille. The new model was available with either a straight six or eight-cylinder L-head engines. The 1935 Buick stayed for the most part with new styling introduced in 1934. This upscale model was available with three sizes of “Valve in Head” straight-eight engines in the various models offered in 233, 272, 334 cubic inch sizes, and for the first time all of the motors where equipped with down draft carburetors.
The photo is courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh Library.