Hot Aug Nights Lewiston,ID
This was shot in 1999 at a car show in Idaho.
There's an interview with the owner of a '61 Pontiac Ventura Super Duty.
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
1961 Pontiac Bonneville Hardtop Slvr
Beautiful car, with a 1962-63 replacement Pontiac racing engine. The
ultimate in beauty and performance. Admittedly, not for someone who can't
afford the fuel, but this car makes a real performance statement!
PONTIAC - stock Pontiac Super Duty 421v8/405hp vs stock Chevy 409v8/409hp on DYNO
WATCH THE VID TO SEE HOW CLOSE THEY Dyno TO THEIR FACTORY
405hp/409hp ratings. Growing up.....Pontiac/Oldsmobile old timers/EXPERTS
who taught me most of what I know, often told me Chevy rated their horsepower in a more
optimistic way than say Oldsmobile or Pontiac. I've even heard Pontiac
rated/tested their engines in a 100 degree room, compared to Chevy in a 60
degree room. These Dyno results seem to reflect
that some of what I heard was true. Both of these engines are great, but
the results do seem to show that Pontiac was not rating their horsepower worrying if it
would cause "songs to be written" about their engines .... like the great
song "She's real fine my 409"--(Chevy).
Pontiac Ventura - Pontiac Grand Ville
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1961 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE CONVERTIBLE -- THE SPLIT GRILLE IS BACK
Redesigned Pontiacs this year brought about the split grill look once again
after the 1960 model eliminated that look. The '59 was the first split
grille which was a look that eventually morphed into the Pontiac beak in
later years. This new design also promoted the " wide track " look that
was featured in tire commercials with a cartoonish Pontiac. All Pontiac
models were popular this year and started with the low-end Tempest, then
Catalina, Ventura, Star Chief, and the top of the line Bonneville.
Bonneville models included the Custom Safari 4 door wagon, Sport Hardtop
coupe, Vista hardtop sedan, and the convertible coupe as this example is
shown. A Bonneville convertible weighs3,905 lbs., and cost $3,476 new.
This Pontiac has the V8, 389 cid with tri-power, ( three 4 barrels ), with
- get this - 348 hp. See, this is another example of how Pontiac
contributed not only to GM coffers but an iconic automotive historical
footnote. Watch this Pontiac dream car. To me it's just a fantastic
looking car. I believe the price tag of nearly 59 thousand also reflects
the favorable collectability of this beauty. Some lucky person bought this
Pontiac some time ago. Sorry. Thanks very much for viewing this 1961
Pontiac Bonneville Tri-Power convertible.
1961 Pontiac Bonneville Covnertible
1961 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible for Sale in Chicago. The Bonneville
remained as Pontiac's costliest and most luxurious model throughout the
1960s and was instrumental in pushing Pontiac to third place in sales from
1962 to 1970. The Bonneville differed from its lesser Catalina and Star
Chief counterparts by featuring more luxurious interior trim with upgraded
cloth and Morrokide vinyl or expanded Morrokide upholstery in sedans and
coupes, expanded Morrokide in Safari wagons or genuine leather seating in
convertibles. Bonnevilles (with the exception of Bonneville Safari Station
wagons) were also (along with Star Chiefs) built on a longer wheelbase
version of GM's B-Body. Also found in the Bonneville were instrument panels
and door panels with walnut veneer trim, carpeted lower door panels, grab
bar on passenger side of dash and courtesy lights and rear arm rest. This
Bonneville Convertible has a 389 4brl, 313 horsepower engine, and a
Hydramatic automatic transmission. Options on this car are power
convertible top, power steering and brakes (Wonder Touch), factory AM radio
with an aftermarket radio in the glove box, manual antenna, bucket seats,
full set of Fisher seat belts, Heavy Duty air cleaner, E-Z-Eye glass, 8 lug
wheels with radial white wall tires, back up lamps, passenger side visor
mirror, rear speaker, windshield washer setup, fender mounted side view
remote mirror, clock, fender skirts, ok top boot, dual Exhaust, vinyl interior, and matching Pontiac
floor mats. This car runs and drives great! There is a small patched
section in the convertible top, but the rear glass is still clear. Top
functions properly. This Pontiac is ready for summer fun! 1961 Pontiac
Bonneville Convertible can be seen at www.gatewayclassiccars.com, and is
located in our Chicagoland Showroom, which can be reached at 708 444 4488.
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