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
1960 Pontiac Ventura Vista Hardtop 389 V8
We thought you might like a look at this really unique 1960 Pontiac Ventura
Vista Hardtop. This car gives you great visibility in all directions, with
all of it's wrap around glass. From the front grill, to the awesome
taillights, it's an impressive looking car. It's powered by a 389 V8,
putting out around 260 HP in this trim. The interior has been redone and
is still looking great. The odometer is showing 67,xxx miles and that is
believed to be original. I hope you find it interesting, thanks for
Filmed at Country Classic Cars in Staunton, IL
Mecum Auction Presents - Lot # S115 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda
This is the very car that "Mr. Four-Speed," the legendary Ronnie Sox,
piloted to 14 dominating wins in the 1971 NHRA season. The '71 'Cuda
represented the pinnacle of performance for the Chrysler factory drag
racing program and also for the Sox & Martin team, as oppressive weight
breaks, the discontinuation of the Hemi and rule changes favoring
tube-framed small-block racecars conspired against Pro Stock Mopar racers.
Nevertheless, the Sox & Martin '71 Hemi 'Cuda's spectacular racing success
that season stands proudly in the record books.
The 'Cuda has been treated to an extensive restoration to its 1971 race
configuration and is in exquisite condition. It sports the best that the
factory had to offer that year, including the famous 426 Hemi with
dual-plug cylinder heads, dual quad intake and of course, the 4-speed
transmission that Ronnie Sox shifted with such virtuosic skill. It is
finished in the original eye-grabbing, red, white and blue "Sox & Martin"
livery and never fails to draw huge crowds.
Pontiac Banshee A Longer Look
The Banshee was a vision for what the Firebird could become. Of course,
this concept car could never be built exactly, too low on the road and it
wouldn't pass the safety and crash tests, but it was exciting. It
demonstrated that the problem with GM cars didn't sit on the designers'
shoulders. They were more than capable of dreaming up engaging and fun
vehicles that would set imaginations on fire.
Mecum Auction Presents - Lot # S116 70 ½ Chevrolet Camaro
The early years of Pro Stock racing saw some of the most exciting heads-up
racing and the most intense fan support the sport had ever experienced. The
1971 season saw some spectacular matchups, with legendary racers like "Dyno Don" Nicholson,
"Dandy" Dick Landy, Sox & Martin and the man from Malvern, Pennsylvania,
Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins. Jenkins had been a well-known fixture at tracks
since GM's factory racing days. As a privateer, Jenkins went on to
represent Chevrolet and soon became one of their most successful racers
ever. This 1970 ½ Camaro was the first car that
Jenkins built specifically for the class, and its track record with
Jenkins, Bruce Larson and later, East Coast racer Richie Zul is nothing
short of legendary.
Grumpy's Toy VII has been painstakingly restored to its original race
configuration, including a correct "512" cast-iron 427 block, aluminum
heads, and Weiand tunnel ram with "period correct" 750 cfm Holley
double-pumper carbs. Additionally, the Camaro was finished in its
original race livery and looks like it emerged from a time machine. It was
recently featured in Super Chevy magazine and is in concours condition.
1961 Pontiac Ventura Bubbletop
Really a nice car. I've never seen one except in mags. This be a rare
'61.since I've never seen one before in my area. Has the look of a high end
1961 Pontiac Bonneville
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1961 Pontiac Ventura 2 door Bubbletop Running
This is a video of our 1961 Pontiac Ventura running. This car is in
beautiful condition and is driven daily. It has 8 Lug Wheels and Drums on
it that were restored by CHief8lug.com
Pontiac Ventura - Pontiac Grand Ville
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PONTIAC - "The Super Duty Story" Part 1 of 3
Pontiac had an SD engine program in the late 50s early 60s, and
later/briefly again in 1973/74 with the SD455. This video is regarding the
FIRST Super Duty program.---In only a few years time during the late 50s
early 60s, Pontiac MORE THAN DOUBLED their V8's horsepower output (described
in this video), while using/keeping the same V8 engine block they used thru
1955-81. Even though the same block was kept, from 1955-62 the cubic inch
displacement grew much larger than the initial 287 cuber it started as in
1955. It grew to a 317 347 370 389 and finally a 421 cuber in 1962. It
eventually maxed out at 455 cubes in 1970. By 1970 ALL the other GM
divisions were producing engines at 454 or 455 cubes (500 for Cadillac).
PONTIAC WAS THE ONLY DIVISION still using the same block they used in the
1950s on engines that had a much smaller displacement -- 287 cubes. The
1955 287 displacement would remain the smallest displacement ever used in
the Pontiac V8 block all the way until 1980/81 when a 265V8 was produced.
Since less durability was required for the smaller displacement, the block
was decked/butchered/lightened on the 265/301v8s of 1980/81. Prior to 1980
the block had never been decked/butchered/lightened. The 1980/81 265/301v8
blocks were about 200 pounds lighter than the 1955-79 blocks, and only 25
pounds heavier than a Buick 231V6.