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).
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.
PONTIAC - The Glory Years! Part 1 of 5
(1956-93). Some great basic Pontiac history, along with the CARS and PEOPLE
(Bunkie Knudsen, John Delorean, Jim Wangers, Pete Estes, etc) who made
Pontiac great in those years. In 1956 Bunkie Knudsen was hired as Pontiac's
General Manager. He was told by GM "Turn Pontiac around in 5 years or the
division is gone". Within about a year he quickly assembled a great team.
Knudsen was fortunate enough to pick up engineer John Delorean from Packard
when that company closed, Delorean later became the father of the GTO and
MANY Pontiac Innovations. Knudsen was also fortunate enough to lure a
brilliant "Olds Rocket V8" engineer away from Oldsmobile---Pete Estes who
helped the Pontiac V8 breath as well as it could.
1961 Pontiac Bonneville
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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 Two Door Hardtop BluWht RennMD020913
Beautifully restored...lean and mean compared to previous offerings! I'm
very impressed with the use of color in the interior...and the very cool
steering wheel...steering wheels historically have been and important
styling cue for cars, and this is no exception.
Pontiac Ventura - Pontiac Grand Ville
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