1960 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible SOLD

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

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ESTIMATE: $65,000 - $85,000

$96,250 Sold

348bhp, 389 cu. in. Tempest 425 V8 engine, Hyda-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with rear leaf springs and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 124"

On October 28, 1959 Pontiac built its two-millionth V8 engine and was about to become known as “ The Wide Track Pontiac. ” The GM Division had been quietly setting itself up as a builder of performance cars and the Bonneville had been the leader. In 1960, Pontiac was soon in the news in NASCAR and in the NHRA Nationals drag racing.

“ Bunky ” Knudsen was also beginning to make Pontiac a trend-setter in styling with its slightly wider stance and its split front grille which would become a Pontiac trademark that continues to this day. The Pontiac Bonneville was the top-of-the-line model and in 1960 the division was about to launch itself into the forefront of the quickly emerging muscle car era.

The unspoiled, never rusty or damaged 1960 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible presented here was a one owner car until 2002 when it was purchased and subsequently treated to a rotisserie, nut-and-bolt restoration to original factory specifications. All the panels are straight and well fitted. The Coronado Red paintwork remains in excellent condition and features a flattering deluxe bi-color interior with a contrasting white vinyl convertible top. The fully detailed, matching numbers drivetrain features the most powerful V8 Pontiac offered – the “ Tempest 425. ” With a 10.75:1 compression ratio, 348hp, 430 ft. lbs of torque, Tri-Power two three-barrel carburetors and when mated to a robust Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, the performance is staggering. However, the handling and braking allow for pleasant, as well as fast touring.

All the accessories are correctly date coded, and this Bonneville features such popular options as power steering, power brakes, a six-way power seat, and a Super Deluxe AM radio with pre-sets.

The second most expensive model offered by Pontiac was the Bonneville convertible with a base price of $3,478. A total of 17,062 were built but few were ordered with the Tempest 425 high performance V8 package. Only a handful of original examples exist today making this concours quality, matching numbers model highly desirable – not only as a collectible, but as a great wide track cruiser.

Reference Number 5876

as of 1/11/2007

Car 1960 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
VIN 860P27801 
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