1957 Pontiac Bonneville Fuel Injected ConvertibleSOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $140,000 - $160,000

$137,500 Sold

315hp, 347 cu. in. engine with Rochester mechanical fuel injection, Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front with rear semi-elliptic leaf springs suspension and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 124"

The 1957 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible was a truly limited production car, with a total of only 630 units produced. This high performance model was significantly upgraded from the previous Star Chief Convertible originally introduced in 1954. The Bonneville was unveiled to the general public January 11, 1957, and was the rarest Pontiac built at the time.

Although rare, the Bonneville's true distinction was in the area of performance. The inclusion of a fuel injected engine as standard equipment was something that nearly no other car in the Bonneville's price range possessed. With a base price of $5,782, the Bonneville came with virtually every accessory Pontiac manufactured. If you wanted a 1957 Bonneville, there was only one way you could get it – loaded – air conditioning and an externally mounted spare were the only options.

Despite their grandiose and extravagant appearance, the Bonnevilles were also impressively powered, as the Rochester mechanical fuel injection proved effective when put to the test. The fuel injected engine turned 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds and won the Grand National Championship with a top speed of 101.6 mph. Amazingly, it broke all existing records during the NASCAR trials at Daytona.

The marketing plan for the debut of the Bonneville was also very unique. Each dealer in the US was given only one car to sell, which earned Pontiac a great deal of publicity. Customers knew it meant something to have a fuel injected engine, and it really meant something to own a fuel injected Pontiac Bonneville Convertible. The vast majority of the 630 1957 Bonnevilles were finished in identical colors – white with red “ flashes. ”

The Bonneville featured here has undergone a complete restoration and is an excellent running and driving example. As every Bonneville was top of the line, this list of standard options is impressive: Wonderbar radio, deluxe steering wheel, padded dash, mirror group, clock, cowl vent chrome trim, custom wheel discs and wide whitewall tires. Offering every available luxury amenity, the Bonneville is also complete with the total power group that includes power top, power antenna, power steering, power brakes, power windows and an eight-way power seat.

With the 1957 Pontiac Fuel Injected Bonneville, we are delighted to offer the judicious collector the opportunity of purchasing one of the most significant American cars from the 1950s.

Reference Number 5812

as of 1/9/2007

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Car 1957 Pontiac Bonneville Fuel Injected Convertible
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