Pick of the Day: 1961 Pontiac Bonneville

The 56-year-old Pontiac Bonneville seems to be in remarkably preserved condition
The 56-year-old Pontiac Bonneville seems to be in remarkably preserved condition

Named for the famous speed-record Salt Flats in Utah, Bonneville was Pontiac’s luxury/performance car done on a grand scale. Bonneville hit its stride in 1959 as the brand launched its big wide-track models, and it led the division for the next decade.

The Bonneville sports a 'bubbletop' roofline
The Bonneville sports a ‘bubbletop’ roofline

The Pick of the Day is a 1961 Pontiac Bonneville hardtop, with a roofline so trim and its front and rear glass so broad that it’s called a “bubbletop,” a great look also offered at the time by the other GM divisions. More than 18 feet long and fully loaded with features, the 3,900-pound Bonneville is a monumental automobile that helped launched the muscle-car era of the 1960s. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint convertible

1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint carried inline 6-cylinder engine that packed 215 horsepower
1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint carried inline 6-cylinder engine that packed 215 horsepower

It’s no surprise that John Z. DeLorean, who gave us the Pontiac GTO, wanted to do something different with the new Firebird being offered by his Pontiac Division of General Motors. That something different was the Firebird Sprint.

For an additional and mere $116, the Sprint was equipped with Pontiac’s overhead-cam, inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed floor-shifted transmission, high-performance tires and special badging. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery

The Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery was produced only in Canada
The Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery was produced only in Canada

The Pick of the Day is an unlikely vehicle from the ’50s that most people probably have never seen or even knew existed. The 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery is one of those Canada-only General Motors products that manages to look alien and familiar at the same time. Continue reading

Mecum Auctions winds up year with Kansas City sale

A fully restored 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible is a Mecum headliner | Mecum Auctions photos
A fully restored 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible is a Mecum headliner | Mecum Auctions photos

About 700 collector cars are expected at the Kansas City Convention Center for Mecum Auctions’ final sale of the year December 1-3.

One of two auctions held in Kansas City annually – the first one happened in March – the event has gained a reputation for its accessible collector car offerings, typically averaging around $25,000, as well as some premier classics from Midwest collections. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1963 Pontiac Bonneville convertible

1963 Pontiac Bonneville was driven from Georgia to Colorado last year
1963 Pontiac Bonneville was driven from Georgia to Colorado last year

Full-size Pontiacs were redesigned for the 1963 model year with a pair of vertically stacked headlamps at either end of the grille and parentheses-style tail lamps at the back. With the overall styling getting more squared lines, the overall look was longer and lower.

Pick of the Day is a 1963 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, being sold by its private owner, who notes the car has traveled only 82,056 miles since new, including being driven last year from Atlanta, Georgia, to Edwards, Colorado, “with no issues.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak woody wagon

The Pontiac's wood trim looks to be in great condition
The Pontiac’s wood trim looks to be in great condition

By the end of the 1940s, wood-bodied stations wagons were nearing the end of the road. Faux-wood paneling would live on in steel and plastic and applique, but actual woodies were a dying breed.

The Pick of the Day represents one of the final examples and it’s a beauty, a 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak woody from the last year that the GM brand would produce such a thing. Gorgeously detailed with wood-slat head-liner, wooden inner door panels and bed, and a well-finished body in what looks like mahogany and spruce, this woody seems more like a bygone cover car from Country Living than a surfer wagon. Continue reading

Mecum heads to Southern California for collector car auction

A lavishly customized 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is an Anaheim feature | Mecum Auction photos
A lavishly customized 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is an Anaheim feature | Mecum Auction photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into Southern California on Thursday for its annual three-day sale at the Anaheim Convention Center, with about 750 muscle cars, customs and classics offered for bidding. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Babe’s 1962 Pontiac Catalina

1962 Pontiac Catalina had been owned by father-and-son barbers
1962 Pontiac Catalina had been owned by father-and-son barbers

This car is all original. This was a one-owner, father-and-son car that I purchased in 2005.

The car had been in storage in a building too small for a boat this size and was dented on the front fender. On the other side of the car was a coal pile and when the engine was started, coal dust would be sucked into the engine compartment and the interior. Continue reading

What Andy likes at Auction America’s Hilton Head auction

Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos
Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos

This marks the second year for the Auctions America Hilton Head auction held as part of the Hilton Head Motoring Festival.  Just as last year’s, this sale literally has something for every kind of collector regardless of interest.

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