FRESHLY REBUILT 389CI MOTOR, ALL NEW INTERIOR, 8 LUG WHEELS, SUPER CLEAN!
When the Detroit party from the 1950s was over, cars like this 1962 Pontiac Bonneville convertible were the cure for the resulting hangover. Sleek, stylish, reserved, and full of performance, the big Bonneville was the ultimate symbol of success for a younger generation. The fact that it was also fast was surely part of its appeal, and this nicely preserved example demonstrates without a doubt why these cars are hot collectables today.
Glancing at the cowl tag, you'll note that this car was originally Cameo Ivory, but now wearing a coat of Starlight Black, it takes on an entirely different personality. Pontiac was hitting on all eight cylinders throughout the '60s, but this might be the car that really started the luxury/performance trend that defined the excitement division. The bodywork on this particular car is quite straight and the paint has a wonderful vintage-looking shine, so it looks right and generates a ton of attention wherever it goes. Fit and finish is very good, with nicely aligned doors, a critical detail given the long trim that runs from nose to tail. A few neat details like the fender ornaments, the split Pontiac grille, and those ultra-cool curving taillights mean this is a car you can admire for a long time without seeing it all. Someone has invested big in making it look this good, and even at this price, it's a heck of a lot of car for the money. Nice!
Pontiac enthusiasts will find the tri-tone upholstery and the uniquely-shaped bucket seats familiar, and it's more evidence that Pontiac was working overtime to separate themselves from the pack. The code 277 Aqua interior looks very good with only minor signs of use that seem to enhance its appeal. Come on, don't you just want to slide into that driver's seat and key it up? The instrument panel is a double-decker affair, with a wide speedometer up top framed in wood and a stainless section below for the auxiliary controls. The original steering wheel is in incredible condition, especially with those clear Lucite sections that are shockingly well preserved. You'll also note options like factory A/C, power windows, and an AM radio on the list, making this a no-compromises piece of luxury muscle. Overhead there's a black power convertible top with matching boot and the massive trunk is detailed with a reproduction mat and a full-sized spare with cover.
Pontiac's 389 cubic inch V8 was a mainstay across the line, and it delivers impressive performance in the Bonneville. Topped by a 4-barrel carburetor and with dual exhaust, it's powerful but doesn't call attention to itself; it's merely competent and trustworthy. It's painted correct Pontiac Turquoise and still wears the optional heavy-duty air cleaner. Power steering and brakes were a good choice on a big cruiser like this, and you'll note there's a giant generator in there to keep things charged. Underneath, it has a correct automatic transmission and heavy-duty rear end, and if ever there was a car designed for long road trips across the western US, this is it. Add in 8-lug wheels and 215/75/14 whitewall radials, and this is one of the best-looking cars of the period.
If you've reached that age where maybe a Firebird is too juvenile but there's not enough gray hair on your head for a Buick or Cadillac, perhaps this awesome Bonneville is the right choice. Call today!
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- Engine Size
- 389 V8
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- Body Or Basic Color
- Body Style
- 11,142 (Unknown)
- Interior Or Basic Color
- Seating Type
- Buckets With Column Shift
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- Center Console