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
Pontiacs for 1964
John DeLorean replaced Pete Estes as general manager, and he continued the
same emphasis on performance that Bunkie Knudsen and Estes had begun.
The big news for 1964 For 1964, the Tempest and LeMans' transaxle design
was dropped and the cars were redesigned under GM's new A body platform;
frame cars with a conventional front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. The
most important of these is the GTO, short for "Gran Turismo Omologato," the
Italian for "Grand Touring, Homologated" used by Ferrari as a badge to
announce a car's official qualification for racing. In spite of a GM
unwritten edict against engines larger than 330 ci in intermediate cars,
DeLorean (with support from Jim Wangers from Pontiac's ad agency), came up
with the idea to offer the GTO as a dealer option package that included a
389 ci engine rated at 325 or 348 horsepower (260 kW).
Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontiac
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
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Pontiac Ventura - Pontiac Grand Ville
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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.
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.
Tony Bromley's 400 to 460 stroke Pontiac Dyno Pull | QMP Racing
550 torque @ 5800rpm
535hp @ 4000rpm
For those of you paying attention and noticed the numbers aren't the same
on the screenshot, its because we made another few runs, but didn't tape
them. We'll upload a pic soon.
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1961 Pontiac Catalina Convertible..tri-power
This is my Thanksgiving present to you! What a beautiful car...and a
sleeper too if you just assume it's a "normal" Catalina! This is a
tri-power motor, and it has a 4 speed manual transmission too! If we had
only known at the time what a keeper this is...they would have had to make
a lot more of these! I love those 8 lug wheels...Pontiac was ahead of the
curve in supplying beautiful wheels for their cars!
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).