Oakland was one of the founding marques of General Motors in 1908, and later gave birth to the “junior” Pontiac, which succeeded it entirely in 1932. Most of its models were well-engineered, solid, but not particularly sporting, with the major exception of its speedster model of the mid-Teens. It was based upon the same architecture as other Oaklands of the time, with a 40-hp, 192.4-cu. in. four-cylinder engine and three-speed transmission, but the light bodywork sang of the speedway.