Mecum Auction Presents - Lot # S117 1961 Pontiac Ventura
Arnie Beswick's 1961 "Passionate Poncho" Ventura still ranks as one of the most successful Pontiac factory-built racecars of all time. This Bristol Blue hardtop came from the factory as a 389/348 Tri-Power car with the Super Duty heads and camshaft shipped in the trunk. Once installed, the horsepower was raised to 363 horsepower, a number intentionally underrated by the factory. This is the car that Beswick drove to the '61 Daytona Winternationals and won with. Arnie went on to win a large number of Super Stock races throughout the country that season, solidifying his place as a major player in the Super Stock, A/FX and Funny Car wars of the 1960s. This car is an exceptional example of the breed, verified by Mr. Beswick himself. It is finished in the original race livery and is in its correct 1961 race configuration.
Lot # 117 1961 Pontiac Ventura Super Duty 389 Arnie Beswick Superstock
1962 Pontiac Grand Prix - First year of the Grand Prix!
First year of the Grand Prix, only 30,195 built for '62. Give this car a thumbs up (and share!) if you think it's as amazing as I do!
This car is 100% restored. Powered by a new 468 with approx 3000 miles, dual Edlebrock 4 Barrel carbs.700R w/ overdrive transmission, posi-trac rear end 3.42.
Interior is perfect, which is the factory installed original, not a mark any where. Also perfect: carpet, headliner, dash, console, glove box, Wonder bar radio w/ factory rear speaker.
Exterior is also perfect, repainted 5 years ago, as you can see from the pictures, not a blemish anywhere.
8 Lug wheels