In a recent issue, Sports Car Market magazine identified the 1962-1968 Pontiac Bonnevilles as cars to watch in the future. With prices on GTOs and Firebirds spiraling upwards, the next big thing is going to be the big things from Pontiac. With enough horsepower to run with their smaller siblings, yet enough stretch out room for six, these big cars are not only great to look at, they're wonderful to drive.
This 1962 Bonneville hardtop has been nicely restored as a great all-around cruiser that will still draw appreciative stares at the next cruise night. In 1962, the muscle car craze had not yet hit, and if you wanted big power, you bought a big car. The Bonneville was Pontiac's biggest, most luxurious and most stylish car, and was still the only one offering wide track handling. With clean styling that leads off with Pontiac's traditional split grille, this car looks fast just standing still, and you can easily imagine Fireball Roberts and Cotton Owens at the helm of similar cars on the high banks of Daytona. This is a highly authentic Bonneville, too; just check out the cowl tag information:
06C Built: Third week of June
62 Year: 1962
28 Series: Bonneville
47 Body Style: 2-Dr Sport Coupe
BC434 Plant: South Gate, CA Serial #: 434
265 Series: Bonneville Interior Color: Maroon Material: Vinly
LL Color: Upper Body Color: Belmar Red
Beautifully refinished in its original color of Belmar Red late last year, this big coupe is a sophisticated alternative to the brash muscle cars that followed. Body gaps are good, and since there are no replacement panels available for these cars, all the sheet metal has been properly restored, not merely cut off and replaced. That takes some skill, and the guys working on this one did a great job. By 1962, Detroit was over their obsession with chrome and tailfins, and this gorgeous coupe is the master of understatement, with just a single strip of bright trim running from stem to stern. The bumpers have been re-chromed, and the stainless has been polished to brighten up the window openings. Cool J-shaped taillamps make the back of the car look like it's grinning at you as it walks away despite your best efforts to keep up, and big block letters spelling out BONNEVILLE leave no doubt about what it is. And dig the cool aircraft-inspired trim pieces atop each front fender-even though they were through with tailfins, Detroit designers were still in love with the jet age.
Packing plenty of power for this jet age cruiser, there's a recent 350 cubic inch V8 under the hood in place of the original 389. Rebuilt in 2010, it looks like an OEM installation with as much of the factory's engineering remaining intact as possible. There's a modern alternator and A/C compressor spun by a single serpentine belt, and there's no missing that big air cleaner with retro-style decals on top. It's a strong runner and most likely every bit as powerful as the original 389 would have been, with the benefits of 40 additional years of engineering behind it. Parts are as close as your nearest Mr. Goodwrench store, and there's no finicky Tri-Power setup to tune every weekend. Just get in and go.
Inside, Pontiac's interiors were some of the best in the industry in the early 1960s. Stylish as well as comfortable, with high quality materials used throughout, the driver's compartment of this Bonneville was accurately restored along with the rest of the car. The maroon vinyl is a great compliment to the Belmar Red paint without being too bright or too overpowering, and that clear plastic steering wheel is '60s cool. The sweeping gauge cluster uses bright metal to dress up the dashboard, and an aftermarket A/C system has been cleanly installed underneath. The original AM radio still lives in the dash, but a powerful AM/FM/CD stereo system has been hidden in the glove box, because you're going to want to drive this car. It comes with lots of documentation, including the original owner's manuals and warranty booklet, which shows that the car was sold new by Winkel Motors in Reno, Nevada.
This is an extremely clean Bonneville with a lot of thoughtful upgrades. Built to drive, it will also be right at home at local shows and big cars like this are always a hit at the Pontiac Nationals. With durable, reliable mechanicals and an interior that looks great and wears like iron, this is a highly usable hobby car that will put a smile on your face every time you drive it. After a test drive, you'll definitely understand why Sports Car Market magazine put it on its best buy list.
This vehicle is located in our Atlanta, GA showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.