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
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.
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
1958 Pontiac Bonneville Fuel Injected Classic Muscle Car for Sale in MI Vanguard Motor Sales
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WOW OH MY GOSH I HAVE ONLY READ ABOUT THEM
THIS IS A MATCHING #S 1958 PONTIAC (FUEL INJECTED) BONNEVILLE ULTRA RARE (I
HAVE NEVER SEEN ONE IN MY WHOLE LIFE)!!!. I was VERY LUCKY to ride in a
friends 1957 Pontiac Bonneville Fuel Injected Convertible more than a few
times, BUT!!!!! Here is THE RARE OF THE VERY RARE!!!! A 1958 PONTIAC
BONNEVILLE FACTORY FUEL INJECTED 2 door hardtop for your consideration!!! I
HAVE NEVER SEEN ONE IN OVER 40 years of being in the old car hobby, NEVER!!
I have seen a few 58 TRI POWER BONNEVILLE'S, BUT NEVER a 58 FUEL INJECTED
CAR!!! There were just (630), 1957 Pontiac FUEL INJECTED cars built, and
all were Bonneville convertibles. When 1958 came along there were only
(400) FUEL INJECTED BONNEVILLE CARS BUILT (TOTAL) BETWEEN CONVERTIBLES AND
HARDTOPS!!! So this 58 FI Bonneville is NO DOUBT ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL
GENERAL MOTORS CARS EVER TO BE PRODUCED!!! AND SHE IS A BEAUTY AND WITH NO
RUST EVER, AND I MEAN NO RUST EVER!!!! She has had one repaint (THE PAINT
IS DROP DEAD GORGEOUS)!! !! (SHE IS AS STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW) and still
sports her ORIGINAL INTERIOR, NOT A REDONE INTERIOR, ITS ORIGINAL
INTERIOR!! The chrome and stainless on this magnificent car is really
SPECTACULAR!! She has Power Steering and Power Brakes for ease of driving
and she has all 4 of her perfect original hubcaps!! The 370 Cu In Pontiac
FI motor is backed up to its original 4 spd. HYDRA MATIC transmission! She
is missing (NOTHING AT ALL) from all of the correct original FUEL INJECTION
PARTS to her correct Exhaust tips!!!
She lacks nothing accept a new home in some ones very special collection,
or at home in your garage!! Or perhaps for a SPECIAL NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN
IN A CAR THAT (ONLY YOU) WILL HAVE AT ANY CAR SHOW YOU CHOOSE TO PULL
INTO!!! AND THIS I PUT IN STONE!!! You WILL NEVER FIND THE CHANCE TO OWN
SUCH A FIND AGAIN!!! If you are a serious Pontiac collector, or for that
matter just a car nut and want something in a car that is truly TIMELESS,
BREATHTAKING, AND BEAUTIFUL in D ESIGN!! Then this 58 FI Bonneville is a
must have car!!! SHE IS TRULY A MASTER OF ENGINEERING DESIGN!! BEAUTY IS
MORE THAN JUST SKIN DEEP AFTER ALL!!
Give Tom a Call Today this will not last
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).
"Ride Pontiac Ride" 1988 Advertising Promo (FULL VERSION)
Ripped from the "30 Millionth Pontiac Wentzville Assembly GM Bonneville
SSEi UAW 2250" page on Facebook; all credit for finding and researching
this gem goes to them. I'm upping it here in hopes that someone is able to
eventually remaster the audio for better clarity.
The original description on their page is as follows:
There are other versions of the 1988 Ride Pontiac Ride extended commercial
similar to this on youtube and testdrivejunkie, but I have not come across
the complete 2:32 version like this one.
For the 1988 model year, Pontiac unveiled one of the strongest line-ups it
had offered in many years. Finally almost every model was aligned with the
Pontiac image as documented in the image statement (see post -
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=179043175453938&l=cb4447b618 ). The
Fiero suspension had been re-designed, the new FWD Grand Prix was about to
be selected Motor Trend Car of the Year, the new Bonneville SSE was
introduced, and I could go on and on.
Pontiac knew this was the right time to invest in a significant new
marketing promotion, so the folks over at the Pontiac advertising agency,
D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan came up with
the "Ride Pontiac Ride" campaign. Art Director Mark Zapico working under
Executive Creative Director Steve Kopcha and Creative Director Noel Nauber,
decided they needed an original theme song for the Pontiac commercials. The
song was composed by songwriter Mark Vieha who was co-partner along with
Jay Kennedy in the Studio City California based music house, LA-NY Music.
Vieha and Kennedy are also known for the Taco Bell theme song, "make a run
for the border" and Vieha also composed original music for movie
soundtracks. For the jingle "get on your Pontiac and ride" Vieha recalled
he was at a barbecue and just started humming the song.
This extended commercial was a signifant piece in the Ride Pontiac Ride
campaign. Many of the scenes, like of the band performing and people
interacting with Pontiac cars as the backdrop, were shot in and around
Toronto Canada for about a month in the fall of 1987, by Director Bob
Canning who was a Canadian and Director of Photography Oliver Wood. Other
DMB & B folks that might have been involved are Don Massey who worked with
Noel Nauber, Bruce Duffey and Rob Torz.
The lead singer of the scenes that appear in this commercial of the band
performing is Mark Campbell and the female lead is Canadian singer Alannah
Myles. The campaign was a huge success. Dealers included the phrase "ride
Pontiac ride" in their newspaper and print media advertisements.
The campaign not only caught the attention of the car buying public, it
also invigorated the dealers and motivated the entire Pontiac Division and
propelled Pontiac to 1988 US annual model year sales of 740,928 vehicles
which was good enough for 3rd place and represented 7.1% of the US market
and accounted for 20% of GM sales.The last time Pontiac had been in 3rd
place was 1973. The success of the campaign continue for annual model year
1989 with US sales of 734,658 vehicles which was again good enough for 3rd
place and represented 7.2% of the US market.
Note: the annual model year is the 12 month period from October 1 to
September 30 so it generally reflects current model year sales but includes
a bit of the prior model year that sell late and a bit of the next model
year that sell early and excludes the current model year that sells late.