Few classic muscle cars can rival the 1961 Pontiac Bonneville in rarity and performance.
Authenticated by the esteemed Pontiac Historical Services, this outstanding vehicle belongs to an exclusive class of luxury muscle cars.
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So, what makes it truly stand out? Let’s dive into the details of this exceptional piece of automotive history.
Once a rare find and now a cherished gem, this Bonneville boasts authentic credentials, presenting a pristine example of its original configuration.
With remarkable specifications, this luxury muscle car proudly features one of the two available tri-power motors—the 348 hp variant—an exceptionally uncommon trait among its peers.
Teamed with a 4-speed transmission and a posi rear end, it radiates performance from its very core.
Adorned in Coronado Red metallic paint with a Shelltone Ivory roof, the exterior of this Bonneville exudes elegance—a breathtaking combination resembling a meticulously crafted work of art.
Its unique bubble top, exclusive to the model year, crowns a body that stays true to its Southern origins—clean, dry, and remarkably well-preserved.
Impeccable chrome and trim, complemented by original 8-lug wheels wrapped in BFG radial redline tires, create a visual spectacle.
Step inside, and the originality continues to captivate. The interior retains much of its original charm, featuring a beautifully maintained dashboard, wonder bar radio, and an original crack-free steering wheel—a testament to its pristine condition.
Upholstery, door panels, and carpeting believed to be original, exude timeless elegance. Modern amenities, like the Mark IV air conditioner, seamlessly blend with its vintage appeal.
Beneath the hood lies the powerhouse—a numbers-matching, high-performance 389 tri-power engine generating an impressive 348 hp.
Meticulously preserved, the engine bay reveals factory power steering and brakes, along with a modern air conditioning system thoughtfully integrated. Notably, the originality extends to the paint on the firewall, preserving its authenticity.
The trunk compartment unveils meticulous care, adorned with smooth, glossy finishes and a complete red and gray speckled liner kit.
Underneath, the car’s solid foundation shines through, with the original metal showcasing no traces of rust.
Its underside reveals pristine maintenance, from the rock-solid floors to the superior 8-lug drum brakes, underscoring its historical significance.
With only 1,352 units equipped with the 348 hp engine, this 79,000-mile Alabama-born Pontiac Bonneville encapsulates the epitome of automotive rarity.
A meticulously maintained classic with genuine features and preserved authenticity, this exemplar is a testament to Pontiac’s legacy and an irreplaceable gem in classic muscle cars.
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