1960 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
- Coronado Red Metallic
- Red Vinyl
- 389 tri-power
- 111,111 miles
MPGCity: – Hwy: Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.
Description from the owner:
1960 Pontiac Bonneville convertible. Originally assembled at GM’s South Gate, California plant and delivered to a buyer in the Seattle area. This beauty was restored in 2008 and has no more than 3000 miles in the last eight years. This “land yacht” weighs in dry at 4,030 pounds and is 220.7 inches long on a wheelbase of 124 inches. This was the second year of Pontiac’s famous “Wide Track” giving it a width of 80.7 inches. 1960 also was the year of the very distinctive “shark grille”. Only 17,062 of this model were produced for 1960. Best guess is that there are no more than 100 left in the country with perhaps 20 in this condition. The list of options:
389 cubic inch V-8 Engine with (owner added) “Tri-Power” (3 2v carburetors) 348 HP
AM-FM Radio (original face and action but electronic guts plus auxiliary input for iPod/Phone)
8 Lug Special Pontiac Wheels / Aluminum Brake Drums
Heavy Duty Front & Rear Springs & Shocks
Back Up Lamps (yes, they actually were an option !)
2 Speed Washer/Wiper
Deluxe Steering Wheel
This vehicle has taken home divisional trophies at the POCI’s two most recent Western Regionals held in Bass Lake, California. Each time she was driven 500 miles, not trailered to the competition. Not original are the tires which are wide radial white walls from Coker which keeps you on the straight and narrow. The generator has been converted to an alternator but remains in the original generator case displaying detailed authenticity. Powerful 389 engine features owner added tripower carburetion (throttle linkage updated from vacuum to mechanical actuation with original vacuum lines left in place but inoperative for safety reasons) and dual exhaust — with tripower the engine is rated at 318 horsepower.
Very rare 8 lug aluminum wheels. These are the first 8 lug design that ran from 1960 to 1962– Jay Leno has been quoted as saying these were the most beautiful wheels of the 60’s. Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. Power steering, power brakes, Wonder Bar AM-FM radio with new electronic guts so that you can play all your late 50s and early 60s tunes on your iPhone. In addition to the famous Wide Track innovation this was the last year for the very ride comfortable “X” frame design. Motor Trend named the 1959 Pontiac their “Car of the Year” for this suspension advancement. This consisted of widening the track by several inches compared to other GM cars and competitors — the benefit was better roll stiffness and handling combined with better ride quality. Pontiac was heavily into racing at the time — stock car, drag racing and Bonneville salt flats — and this vehicle has the second year of the legendary 389 Tri-Power including the very rare (and hard to find) correct Tri-Power air cleaner.
1960 was the last year of the Vista View wrap around windshield which has been replaced in the last three years. This was the last of the breed. This vehicle was originally assembled at GM’s South Gate California plant and delivered to a dealer in Seattle. I purchased it in Seattle in 2000 and shipped it to California for a very high grade frame-on restoration completed in 2008 as a gift for my wife who wanted to remember her teenage years with her parent’s 1960 Bonneville. Consistent class winner at the last two Pontiac Western Regionals. We are downsizing and find it necessary to sell some of our classic cars.