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 # 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 - 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 1960 Technical Innovations
A surreal corporate film depicts a hitchiker being picked up by a man
driving a Pontiac chassis. Provides the scenario for a discussion of all
the mechanical features Pontiac has to offer for 1960.